Sex Rights Africa Network Programme of Activities for Woman Up 8th ACSHR Youth Pre-Conference

Date:               12 -13 February 2018

Venue:            Cedarwoods of Sandton

AFSA/ SRAN is hosting 3 breakaway sessions in the Youth Pre-Conference. These are included in the conference programme as circulated

In addition we are hosting 6 side events (parallel sessions) as below.

All activities on the side event schedule take place in the Sex Rights Africa Network Room (Kalahari Room) at the conference venue.


Monday 12 February

 14.00 – 16.30       

Workshop A: GBV - In Her Shoes 

Twitter handle: #INHERSHOES #gbv

Facilitators: Andile Mthombeni; Polite Khanyisa Chauke

14.00 – 14.10 – Welcome Remarks/Introductions

14.10 – 15.30 – Workshop activities

15.30 – 15.45 – Tea Break

15.45 – 16.20 – Discussion

16.20 – 16.30 – Closing Remarks


Retaliation against the scourge of GBV was seen across South African Institutions of Higher Learning in 2016, as young women and LGBTQI-identifying individuals decided enough was enough and stood against patriarchy. The protests at Rhodes University #RUREFERENCELIST demonstrated once again that as a people we are far from addressing or dealing head on with the challenge of sexual harassment, rape and GBV within our society at large. Women, girls and LGBTQI-identifying individuals continue to be vulnerable and unsafe in the hands of those in power.

In Her Shoes is an awareness-raising tool that encompasses interactive exercises designed to raise awareness around GBV, by allowing the participants to walk in the shoes of women experiencing violence, through ‘stories’. The aim of this workshop is also impart skills on how to take such tools and share them with our communities as we part ways. The workshop will be run by young black uprising academic women as a means of sharing research-building skills through action/active engagement.



14.00 – 15.00

Workshop B -  Access to contraceptives and PREP at tertiary level

Facilitator:  Thuthukile Mbatha (SECTION27)

This workshop focuses on young women and HIV prevention efforts and treatment literacy focusing on modern ART for Africa and promotion strategies for adherence and retention on prevention methods like PrEP


Tuesday 13 February


Skillshare – Youth involvement in research

Facilitators: Wits young researchers

Skills-sharing session on youth involvement in research and the use of research evidence for SRHR advocacy.

Researchers presenting in the main Woman Up conference offer their experience, insights and tips for NGO activists to use research findings to support efforts to change behaviour and policy.



Workshop A - A Thigh for a Mark!

Sexual Harassment in Institutions of Higher Learning

Facilitators:  SAYWHAT

A Thigh for a Mark!

Session objectives

Inspired by the name of the conference WOMAN UP, the SAYWHAT session intends to fulfil the following objectives

  • To share female students’ experiences and thoughts on sexual harassment
  • To provide recommendations on how sexual harassment can be addressed

Session Description

A video documentary will be produced for the session, to collect female students’ experiences and thoughts on issues to do with sexual harassment on campus, giving recommendations on how the issues can be addressed. Ten female students selected from Institutions of Higher learning from across Southern Africa to share experiences, stories and opinions on sexual harassment through the video documentary broadcast at the Woman Up Conference.

This session enables delegates to reflect and react to the issues raised in the documentary. One recommendation will come out of this discussion and will be forwarded to the resolutions writing committee for consideration and inclusion in the resolutions document.


11.00 – 13.15

Workshop B - HIV Prevention and treatment

Facilitator: Luckyboy Mkhondwane, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

This workshop focuses on treatment literacy, updating delegates on modern anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for Africa and latest guidelines and recommendations. It will cover:

  1. Treatment Optimisation and better treatment regimens in Africa
  2. The ART pricing agreement for LMIC
  3. The WHO 2016 ART recommendations
  4. Introducing Dolutegravir as a firstline drug


15-15 – 16.00

Toolkit A:  Maputo Plan of Action

Facilitator: Vuyokazi “Vovo” Gonyela (Section 27);

Session description

The revised Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030 (MPoA) provides a framework to achieve universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and services in Africa. It was developed by the African Union Commission and follows on from the Maputo Plan of Action 2007-2015. It focuses on: integration of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in primary health care (PHC), repositioning family planning, youth-friendly services, unsafe abortion, quality safe motherhood, resource mobilisation, commodity security and monitoring and evaluation.

This session deepens and strengthens understanding of the MPoA and looks at how it can be used to address SRHR violations.

  1. Introduction
  2. Action Areas
  3. Rationale
  4. Overarching Goal
  5. Strategies For Operationalization of the SRH Policy Framework (MPoA)
  6. Priority Target Groups
  7. Expected Outcome
  8. Program Outputs


15-15 – 16.00

Toolkit B:     Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and SRHR Toolkit

Facilitators: Lihle Mntambo and Melusi Dlamini, AIDS Foundation of South Africa

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed to in 2015, provide an important platform to strive for global sustainable human development. Neglect and violations of SRHR in Africa undermine human development in many ways. Realisation of comprehensive inclusive SRHR is critical for the attainment of many of the SDG targets. The AIDS Foundation of South Africa has developed a toolkit to help civil society organisations explore the linkages between SRHR, the SDGs and other international instruments and agreements.

This session introduces the toolkit and invites feedback on its further development and its potential for supporting monitoring of progress towards the SDGs.