Health4Women also produces and disseminates HIV prevention messaging for WSW and is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, through Right to Care.
The South African Constitution has a Bill of Rights that protects all people. The rights to life, dignity, privacy, freedom and others.
Women are protected by the full range of rights guaranteed in the new Constitution, but they receive specific protection in section 9, entitled “Equality”. It says:
“The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”
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Breast cancer is very common in women of all races, with a lifetime risk of 1 in 35 in South Africa. Although breast cancer is mainly found in women, some men also develop breast cancer, although it is 100 times less common.
Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths has been declining thanks to a number of factors such as earlier detection, new treatments and a better understanding of the disease.
In many parts of the world, especially in Africa, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face hostility, discrimination and danger. Although the South African constitution clearly condemns discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, many LGBTI people in South Africa continue to face severe discrimination and victimisation on a daily basis.
Women who have sex with women (WSW) are generally at very low risk of HIV infection whereas bisexual women are at higher risk. Sex between two women is not always safe, and WSW are just as vulnerable to certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as women who have sex with men. It is important for women to know the risks and how to protect themselves.
Cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths of women on the African continent. One in 42 women in South Africa get cervical cancer which, after breast cancer, is the second most common cause of cancer amongst South African women.