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As we gear up to our exciting activities at the International AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban in July, we share this inspiring interview that one of our Young Reporters did with Justice Edwin Cameron, who is one of the main plenary speakers at the Conference.

Justice Cameron is a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and is a prominent figure in South African gay-rights and HIV/AIDS activism. He was hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s new heroes”. Cameron was the first, and remains the only, senior South African official to state publicly that he is living with HIV/AIDS.

Gugu Sibanyoni from Alex FM led this interview with Justice Edwin Cameron so eloquently on the topic of being gay and living with HIV and how can we transform the health sector to be youth friendly.

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Phindile Mthombeni currently works at a community radio station Emalahleni FM as a Production Assistant, stand-in presenter and a CRF Youth Mentor/Facilitator. This is her story of being part of the CRF team.

Location: Emalahleni, South Africa

I’m a 28 year old young woman born in the far East Rand of Johannesburg. I have one older sister. I was raised by my late grandparents in a very small town in Nigel until I completed my Matric while my mom was still studying. I later moved to Witbank in 2011 after completing my Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism.

How did you get involved with the CRF?

I was approached my Programmes Manager, Mr. Dumisani Matsimbi after Vendaboy, the previous mentor requested to be released from his duties due to his commitments. My name then came up seeing how I related to the youth, and that I would assist them whenever they needed any assistance. At first I was very...

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Rightness from Tanzania: Most Significant Change story 2016 from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Rightness is a 16-year old young woman from Mwanza, Tanzania. She shares her story of how being a young reporter has had an impact on her life in her school and community.

Her teacher, Mr. Kapinga also explains the transformation of Rightness since she started with the Young Reporters Network in Tanzania. Watch the video to hear the interview that was conducted in February 2016.



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Some of our CRF team attended the 2016 Skoll World Forum in Oxford in April. This annual event brings together creative and ambitious leaders, thinkers, artists, and innovators to inspire and challenge each other in entrepreneurial approaches to global challenges. Our youth ambassador Brighton Mukupa Kaoma, our patron Rev. Mpho Tutu, and our President Charlotte Bannister-Parker interacted with all levels of social entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Charlotte Bannister-Parker shares her reflections on the Forum: “It was an uplifting and inspiring event for all of us, but most importantly it was a great affirmation of all the amazing work that we at the Children’s Radio Foundation do. Again and again we heard that the solution to global issues rests in the hands of young people. Everywhere you turned there were extraordinarily bright people putting their lives on the line to change the world”. Some...

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In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu, we are proud to launch the Youth Voices multimedia campaign. This advocacy initiative highlights the stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Our project shares the personal stories of youth from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania to ensure that their voices are heard in the global response to HIV. 

In 2014, two million adolescents (aged 10-19) were living with HIV globally, and in sub-Saharan Africa HIV was the leading cause of death. This past weekend was National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – a moment to draw attention to this stark reality. But if we want to enable change, we must amplify the voices of young people infected and affected by HIV, to actively shape HIV programmes and investment priorities that respond to their specific...

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