To provide credible information and education on sexual health issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective for the general public, the media, sexual health educators and counsellors as well as registered health care professionals.
Services are provided and projects undertaken to support the mission and the values of the association and taking the needs of the population as a whole, as well as particular groups requesting particular services, into consideration.
In some ways this has happened: the position of women is very much higher than in apartheid days, when in rural areas adult women were legal minors.
Indeed, in post-apartheid South Africa, women have become widely represented in politics and business, but there remains a substantial divide between public and private lives.
Homophobic violence, driven by patriarchy, will not end without a combined effort to transform popular ideals of manhood to make them more equitable and less intolerant of gays and lesbians, and end impunity for perpetrators.
In democracy, we have still to learn to walk the talk.The Conversation UK receives funding from Hefce, Hefcw, SAGE, SFC, RCUK, The Nuffield Foundation, The Ogden Trust, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Alliance for Useful Evidence, as well as sixty five university members. This forms part of the implementation of the multi-sectoral National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Framework Strategy 2014-2019.The framework, says government, is an “action guide” to address “the gaps and challenges that adolescents are faced with to fully realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights”.There’s another project related to adolescent sexuality in the works, too: the Department of Health is launching a programme to decrease transactional sex, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence.Sexuality education currently falls under the Life Orientation curriculum in South African schools.Boys and men are depicted as largely predatory and girls as victims of sexual predation.These contradictory gender messages unknowingly serve to undo some of the curriculum’s aims, particularly as sexual violence in the South African context is intimately linked with gender inequality and the upholding of certain versions of masculinity that are enshrined in power and violence.The Southern African Sexual Health Association is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1999.We provide an association for the protection of the public and Health Care professionals that provide Sexology and related forms of treatment.There is no evidence that gender-based violence is less common; the prevalence is extremely high.Rape and even murder of lesbian women appear to be on the increase, and there are extreme acts of revenge against women who most publicly reject men’s sexual power. In essence, we still have to transform family life.