AHF BRINGS AMERICAN DELEGATES AND ACTIVISTS TO SOUTH AFRICA
Written by: Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu and Kesia Qulu
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation brought to South Africa a delegation of American activists and celebrities for discussions on sex reproductive health issues.
The delegation included AHF Ambassador and R&B Singer Goapele Mahlobane, and lead actors of an online and BET flighted American series created by Black and Sexy TV ‘Sexless’, Courtney Burrell and Khalilah Dubose.
The discussion took place at iThembalabantu Clinic situated at W-section Umlazi, south of Durban, to engage healthcare workers, staff members and local community members on a robust discussion on matters of sexual health, HIV/AIDS education and awareness.
“It’s been really special to get to come here with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, this trip is a whole different spin performing in a clinic. This is probably my first time ever. I wanted to get involved with this organization and become a cultural ambassador,” said Mahlobane.
In an interview with Journalismiziko, Mohlabane emphasised the importance of ensuring the absolute protection of the sexual health and mind of a girl child as she gently relayed her feelings of outrage regarding the equal increase of reported cases of violence on black women, women of colour and children in the United States of America.
Journalism trained actress Kalilah spoke passionately against the global growing trend of voice oppression especially to trained journalists. She specifically rebuked those engaging in unlawful acts and killings.
“I think boys and girls are taught differently about sex. There is a huge divide between the way boys and girls are raised in terms of sexuality, and when you talking about sexual violence of course predominately the victims of that are women and girl children,” said Dubose.
Burrell who plays a womaniser character on ‘Sexless’, made it clear that sexual violence and violence against women and children is borderline unspeakable and monstrous.
“In the violence like forcing someone against their own will and beat them and try to rape them that is terrible and horrible to even hear about. With that being said a man and woman just have to be responsible. I feel that men take responsibility to take care of our black women, because we need our black women, we came from our black women,” said Burrell.
*Caption: Samantha at the AHF clinic of iThembalabantu in uMlazi Township.