The Impact of Gender on the Realization of the Rights of Health Care and Education (11:00 to 12:45; Friday, 25 July 2014)
This panel will focus on the impact which various healthcare-related issues have on girls accessing their right to basic education. Panelists will explore different issues effecting girls in particular including the poor condition of school toilets and sanitation; the high prevalence of unpunished sexual violence committed by teachers and principals and fellow learners against girls; the low quality of sex education; poor HIV literacy programmes; and high levels of learner pregnancy. The panel will be framed in the context of recent policy and legal developments and the experiences and work of panelists and their organisations. Notable recent policy and legal developments that the panel will consider include the impact of the Teddy Bear Clinic and Welkom cases, the Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure and the draft national TB and HIV policy of the Department of Basic Education.
Organiser: Section 27