Ac­tivist wins rights award

Cape Times - - METRO - STAFF WRITER

GER­MAN Am­bas­sador to South Africa Dr Mar­tin Schae­fer says Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity di­rec­tor of the Africa Cen­tre for HIV/Aids Man­age­ment Vuyiseka Dubula-Ma­jola’s ded­i­ca­tion to the cause of im­prov­ing the lives of HIV-pos­i­tive peo­ple has un­doubt­edly in­spired her com­mu­nity, and hope will con­tinue to in­spire the rest of the world.

Dubula-Ma­jola was re­cently an­nounced as a re­cip­i­ent of the 2018 Franco-Ger­man Prize for Hu­man Rights and the Rule of Law.

Now in its third year, the prize is awarded an­nu­ally by France and Ger­many to in­di­vid­u­als who have shown ex­cep­tional com­mit­ment to the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights.

The award recog­nises Dubula-Ma­jola’s life­long com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lives of HIV pos­i­tive peo­ple.

Dubula-Ma­jola tested HIV pos­i­tive in 2001 and sub­se­quently in­volved her­self with HIV ac­tivism. She joined the Treat­ment Ac­tion Cam­paign (TAC) and was in­stru­men­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of TAC branches in Cape Town’s Klip­fontein district.

She served as the provin­cial pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor of TAC’s Preven­tion and Treat­ment Lit­er­acy Pro­gramme for six years and has twice served as TAC gen­eral-sec­re­tary.

Am­bas­sador of France to South Africa Christophe Far­naud, and Schae­fer, will host a cer­e­mony in hon­our of Dubula-Ma­jola on In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day.

“On the oc­ca­sion of Hu­man Rights Day, and as we cel­e­brate the 70th an­niver­sary of the Hu­man Rights Dec­la­ra­tion, it is an hon­our to award this prize to Vuyiseka Dubula-Ma­jola. Her life­long com­mit­ment to­wards bet­ter pub­lic poli­cies for HIV treat­ment in South Africa has played a key role in the ad­vance­ment of the rights of HIV-pos­i­tive peo­ple in the coun­try,” said Far­naud.

Schae­fer said: “Vuyiseka’s ded­i­ca­tion to the cause has un­doubt­edly in­spired her com­mu­nity, and we hope will con­tinue to in­spire the rest of the world,” said

The cer­e­mony will take place on Mon­day at French Res­i­dence in Pre­to­ria.

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