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"We need a deep social revolution that will give power to women and transform relations between women and men at all levels of society. it is only when women can speak up, and have a full say in decisions affecting their lives, that they will be able to truly protect themselves and their children against HIV."


- Koffi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations

The first three Intersect Coalitions formed were in South Africa. The statistics on Violence Against Women as well as HIV/AIDS offered a compelling call. Each of these South African Coalitions: Eastern Cape’s Imbiza Intersect Coalition, the KwaZulu Natal Intersect Coalition, and the Western Cape Intersect Coalition was part of the experiment that developed the working design for Coalitions to follow and helped to turn the unique goals and methods of Intersect Coalitions from theory to reality. This past year, the three existing SA Intersect Coalitions and INTERSECT hosted a conference where we launched Intersect Coalition Task Teams in the remaining South African provinces. Those Coalitions are just beginning to become active. Reports from those Coalitions will be listed as available.

FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN INTERSECT COALITIONS CONFERENCE

The Deputy Minister of Health and sponsor from First National Bank

Charlene Smith, Folami Harris and a Minister from the Eastern Cape

Cookie Edwards, Deputy Minister Cheryl Gillwald, Cheryl Ayogu

The three original African Intersect Coalitions, Imbiza in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, and the Western Cape and INTERSECT hosted the First South African Intersect Coalitions Conference. We invited representatives working in HIV and Violence Against Women & Girls from the remaining six provinces. The Conference was a catalyst for launching Intersect Coalitions in every province in South Africa. Once the new Coalitions are up and running it will be possible to create a national awareness of the profound connection between HIV and VAW&G, bring the women’s movement fully into the campaign to end HIV/AIDS and give women the tools they need to face these epidemics with power, knowledge and the capacity to make significant and substantive change. The Conference was held at the Beach Hotel in Durban and was organized by Cookie Edwards and her dynamic team. The Conference featured extraordinary speakers on a range of Intersect related topics. Speakers included: Deputy Minister Cheryl Gillwald, Folami Harris, Nonkosi Kumalo, Deputy Minister Nozizwe Charlotte Mandlala-Routledge, and Charlene Smith.

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