Africa

Mandela, the gender activist who never stopped learning

Mandela, the gender activist who never stopped learning

By Colleen Lowe Morna 9 July 2018: There is a scene still etched in my memory from my younger days as a reporter. Soon after his release from jail in 1990, Mandela paid an official visit to Zimbabwe as leader of the African National Congress (ANC). As he emerged from the flight, a group of […]

Tribute to Beata Kasale

Tribute to Beata Kasale

My dear Sister You are one year younger than me. When I heard the news of your passing, I asked: Why?  Why Beata? Yes, you loved a good smoke, and I often joked that you should exercise more, but your Joie de vivre, love of life, would have been enough to keep anyone alive for […]

June 22, 2018 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media

#YouthDay2018: Not yet Uhuru for the Youth of SA

#YouthDay2018: Not yet Uhuru for the Youth of SA

By Yolanda Dyantyi Johannesburg, 16 June: Today marks the 42 commemoration of the 1976 students uprising against a racist and biased educational system known as Bantu Education. It is important to note that these riots were more than just a fight against an education system that excluded black South Africans from quality education, but also a […]

Role & Sustainability of African Regional NGOs

Role & Sustainability of African Regional NGOs

Communique: Role and Sustainability of African Regional NGOs, 28-29 May African Regional NGOs (RNGOs) ended a two day round table in Johannesburg with a call to their governments, regional economic commissions, and international co-operating partners to join hands with them in strengthening regional civil society organisations. The self-funded dialogue began as a Southern African initiative […]

Finance women’s rights orgs commit to equality

Finance women’s rights orgs commit to equality

Nairobi, 25th May 2018: The global donor community and international development partners must re-affirm their commitment to gender equality and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) by dedicating sufficient funding streams towards this focus. Unless this deliberate and purposeful financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment is realised, all efforts for transformational […]

Africa: Not yet Uhuru!

Africa: Not yet Uhuru!

By Lucia Makamure Johannesburg, 25 May: On this day in 1963, the Organisation of African Unity (OUA) now known as the Africa Union (AU) was founded in Addis Ababa with a commitment to free the continent from colonial rule and to improve the living standards across member states. Fifty-five years later, so much has changed […]

We can back SA’s golden girl by challenging stereotypes

We can back SA’s golden girl by challenging stereotypes

By Colleen Lowe Morna, Johannesburg, 4 May: I remember well when Caster Semenya came home after her first gold win and the controversy it stirred over her sex. Among the many placards at the airport, one carried by a young man read: “Don’t worry Caster, I will marry you!” In other words, she would be […]

May 4, 2018 Themes: Gender equality | Human Rights | Sexuality | Sports Programs: Gender & Media

Invitation: Rewriting herstory webinar

Invitation: Rewriting herstory webinar

As part of celebrating World Press Freedom Day Gender Links and the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) will be hosting a webinar on 14 May from 11.00am -12.30 pm under the theme Rewriting Herstory: Women in Politics, lessons from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. This press freedom webinar seeks to discuss portrayal of women in politics and […]

April 30, 2018 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender & Media

South Africa: More than just Mandela’s ex wife

South Africa: More than just Mandela’s ex wife

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 6 April: As South Africa mourns the passing of veteran and anti-apartheid legend Winnie Madikizela-Mandela varying narratives of her roles in society as a freedom fighter, politician, a leader, a woman and mother have emerged in the media. An ENCA trailer when the news broke out called her the hero or […]

April 6, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Media | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender & Media

Zim: I Returned to my Country a Stranger

Zim: I Returned to my Country a Stranger

In August 2000, Violet Gonda left her home country to study for an MA in International Journalism in London. She expected it would be for one year. However, she was to spend the next 17 years in exile as a result of being banned from returning to Zimbabwe by President Robert Mugabe’s regime. But she […]

March 21, 2018 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media