The SADC Gender Protocol Summit 2014 Advancing Gender

The SADC Gender Protocol Summit 2014 Advancing Gender

The SADC Gender Protocol Summit 2014 Advancing Gender Crusade Through Community Health Awareness 26-28 May 2014 Kopanong Hotel Johannesburg, South Africa Langton Mabhanga 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Synopsis My empathy and attitude towards females in general and girl child in particular stem from : A sentimental personal history of growing up in a family of five boys and one girl Having three biological daughters. My attitude to females is beyond hegemony

A personal transformative mindset of a mutually respectful approach A deep recognition of dignity and esteem of women. Inspired by the demise of my mothers cut to education to pave way to a brother with lesser potential 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA HIV Positive Hubby Abandons Wife I did not know my husband was on ARVs until his arrest due to a public fighting incident On second day in cells at the local Police station, he divulged to them that he was on ARVs and needed his tablets from home One can imagine how this was divulged to me by uncanvassed Police details. I started a painful and severe

mental exercise of dealing with the fact that my husband was HIV+. He had left me ignorant of his testing and medication Upon release from cells, he went fugitive to this date, leaving me in a dire situation and with our three children. I endured for three months until I visited the Health 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Fugitive hubby. Awareness Clinic, courtesy of Cllr Mabhanga, manned by qualified health counselling personnel I now know I still can live, move on and more-so, I will make it!!. With such leaders as Cllr Mabhanga, the world would be a better place to live in. May God bless Cllr Mabhanga. Fadzai Rombe, 12 Kavura Street, Rimuka, Kadoma..SEE VIDEOs

See story of Diana Tom 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Gender Awareness My early journey I am 40 years old, with three children, daughters only Born in a family of six, five boys and one girl Our mother had her education prematurely terminated because she

had to pave way for her brother This was despite the fact that she was by far better at performance than the brother The criterion was precise, she was female Our sister being eldest in the family, was empowered to discipline us, share house chores with us 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA BACKGROUND I AM AN INHERENT GENDER ADVOCATE Patients defaulting medication for:

HIV / AIDS Diabetis Hypertension Tuberculosis Women subjected to Poverty of dignity Voiceless Inability to initiate personal health test High level HIV/AIDS stigmatization 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA OBJECTIVES

To provide communities with leadership and influence In policy formulation Crusade from hegemonic to transformative gender sensitive mindsets Through credible advocacy, effective engagement, inclusive participation In correcting systemic traditional and cultural gender barriers ensuring accountability in local governance for sustained gender balanced service provision. 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Key Activities 01 SUPPORT GROUP An average of 120 women participate on a weekly basis

An average of 10 home visits monthly Weekly Blood sugar screening and blood pressure screening Group consists of three qualified nurses; three people living with HIV and three young people 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Key Activities 02 HIV TESTING AND COUNSELLING Partnership with Population Service International (PSI) to offer free testing and counselling Average of 50 people tested at each 4hr campaign Distribution of Free condoms Free sex education

Free pamphlets Engagement of role models and celebrities Women are 80% of participants 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Key Activities 03 BI-ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO Raise awareness in HIV/AIDS and neglected diseases affecting women and young people Free medical consultation Volunteer Doctors, Physiotherapist, Nutritionist, Counsellors Participation of prison convicts of gender based violence tool for transformative rehabilitation

Partnering eminent persons to lead the way 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Key Activities 04 CITIZENSHIP Distribution of clothes, utensils and Blankets to pupils at Jairos Jiri School for the Visually Impaired 46% enrolment are orphans, 65% enrolment are girls Tree Planting at Jairos Jiri School Free health consultation and support to the elderly Breakfast forum with the aged Schools Prize Giving rewards girl child

50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Key Activities 05 GENDER ADVOCACY ROLE AS COUNCILLOR Local Authorities conspire in gender stigmatization through poor service delivery Local authorities help to amplify the community vices of tradition that stigmatize females. Ensure local authority management is held accountable in the discharge of their remit in a way that protects girl children and women Ardent proponent of Integrated Results Based Management Involved in co-creating an Annual Service Delivery Plan the City of Kadoma 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA

Resource Allocations Amount (US$) Gender specific allocation Amount (ZAR) 3000 30 000 Gender in mainstream projects ( Personal Contribution) 1500.00 15000 Stevenage, UK.

$500 5 000 5 500 55 000 TOTAL 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Beneficiaries CATEGORY WOMEN MEN

TOTAL % WOMEN Direct beneficiaries 1 000 200 1 200 83% 200 100

300 67% 1 200 300 1500 80% Adults Direct beneficiaries Children Total

50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Challenges Challenge Solution Community Participation / Engagement Use of renowned artists and personalities Resource mobilization Volunteers, Engaging partners Cultural and religious barriers Persuasive engagement, Intergenerational dialogue

50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Lessons Learned Community Participation Working with people through weekly community awareness programs and the Community Health Expo Community mobilization Getting people to be involved and engaged . Use of music and dance Leadership Achieving through people. Coordination the willing and able Strategic Partnerships & Networking 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Sustainability and Replication

Increased volunteerism Enhanced behaviour change training Working with young people Capacity Building Resource Mobilization Grassroots participation 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA Key Priorities for 2014 Gender Change Agents Women Empowerment , e.g. Life Garden After-schools gender program Gender Caravan Establishment of a 50/50 Village

50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA THANK YOU!! 50/50 BY 2015: DEMANDING A STRONG POST 2015 AGENDA

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