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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

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  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:15

    South Africa has a liberal landscape regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. Adolescents have the right to consent to sex from the age of 16, and the right to access several sexual and reproductive health services granted that they meet certain age, capacity and public policy requirements. Furthermore, recent amendments to the Sexual Offences Act have decriminalized consensual underage sex for adolescent peers aged 12 – 15, and those between 12 -15 and 16 – 17 granted that there is no more than a two year age gap between them. This seminar details recent amendments to the law on underage sex and considers the implications for researchers and service providers. It also reviews the various criteria that need to be considered for adolescents to access various sexual and reproductive health services.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 17:00
  • Adult sexual content and culture has woven itself seamlessly into the fabric of the internet. Some of it is subtle, and some not so subtle, but there is now a wealth of dedicated porn websites available and plenty of demand to view the content. One of the most popular is Pornhub, and according to its 2015 year in review, visitors to the website watched more than 4.3 billion hours of porn.
  • To bring the plight of city’s (Cape Town) poor to the fore, civic technology lab Code for South Africa (Code4SA) created an interactive map that not only highlights the lack of sanitation services in informal settlements, but also allows users to explore two real-life, on-the-ground stories of people living in these areas.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 14:45 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:45

    The conference is about evidence-informed decision-making and will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 20-22 September 2016.

  • The top human rights body of the United Nations voted last week to appoint an independent expert to monitor rights violations against gender and sexual minorities and hold States to account for these violations.
  • In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is launching a new eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:00 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 16:00

    There is growing momentum behind calls for the recognition of the potential of online and networked media for promoting children’s rights. At the same time, researchers, child rights’ advocates and internet governance experts are concerned that children’s rights are being newly infringed rather than enhanced in the digital age. This raises questions for research, policy and practice.

  • Cabinet has approved ECD policy December 2015, to ensure children have access to quality ECD
  • Children’s health ‘uniquely’ affected by climate change, paediatricians say Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).