Short people still face discrimination – Deputy Minister of Social Development

Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu. (Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape)

  • The Deputy Minister of Social Development will host a series of dialogues during three days with short South Africans.
  • The series of dialogues will focus on sexual and reproductive health.
  • The sessions will take place in Pretoria this week.

Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu is set to host a series of dialogues on sexual and reproductive health and rights for short South Africans over three days this week.

The dialogue will be held in Pretoria from Wednesday to Friday this week, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund.

In December 2019, Bogopane-Zulu held a session with short people to deliberate on issues affecting their daily lives. The ministry said people of short stature still face discrimination, exclusion and further marginalization as part of an underrepresented disability group.

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In a statement, the department said the dialogue will highlight the challenges faced by short people.

“The prevalence of short stature in South Africa has not been accurately documented. It is estimated to be around 3-5%, with the prevalence of growth hormone deficiency being around 1 in 4,000 people” , the department said in its statement. .

“There is currently no data on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people of short stature. The impact and services on HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence and femicide are the reason for commitments and dialogue work with short South Africans to begin building an information center for the sector, which will inform government programs, policies and services for short people.

“South Africa has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been incorporated into the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (WPRPD),” he added.

Joel C. Hicks