Seychelles

Man found guilty of killing his wife_Seychelles Nation_03 April 2015

Man found guilty of killing his wife_Seychelles Nation_03 April 2015

NAME OF THE ARTICLE: Man found guilty of killing his wife NAME OF PRINT MEDIA: Seychelles Nation COUNTRY: Seychelles Date: 3 April 2015 THEME: GBV GENRE: News GEM Classification: Gender blind Description: The report is about the sentencing of a man to life in prison for the brutal murder of his wife. For the article […]

Afrique australe: De survivante Á  femme-entrepreneur

Afrique australe: De survivante Á  femme-entrepreneur

Johannesburg, 28 mai: Véronique Linda Célestin, 44 ans, mariée et mère d’une fille de 23 ans et de deux garçons, âgés respectivement de 20 ans et 15 ans, lutte pour son indépendance financière.

Seychelles Alliance village and country workshop reports

Seychelles Alliance village and country workshop reports

These reports set out building blocks for the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance in DRC led by the Alliance focal network in collaboration with Gender Links and the Alliance Secretariat.

Southern Africa: Women’s education and economic empowerment key to end GBV

Rose Hill, 29 November: We cannot address gender-based violence (GBV) in isolation from other social ills such as poverty and poor education. If women have inadequate access to a quality education, they are less likely to be financially independent making them far more vulnerable to different forms of violence. If we are to win the fight against GBV we need improve women’s education and economic status.

Southern Africa: Swaziland has the lowest number of women in parliament

Mbabane, 15 November: Following the elections and recent government appointments made by King Mswati and members of parliament (MPs), Swaziland has hit rock bottom in women’s representation in government, just at the time when the country should be giving its last push for gender equality before 2015. There is no hope that Swaziland will reach the SADC Gender Protocol target of 50% women in all areas of decision-making by 2015.

International: Women in peace and gendered reinforcements

International: Women in peace and gendered reinforcements

Johannesburg, 20 September: Tomorrow is International Peace Day. The focus this year is peace education pledging, “to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.À

A recent Gender Links Study on the prevalence of violence against women (VAW) in the Limpopo province of South Africa found that more than half (57%) of women who had attended school said they had been sexually harassed at school or university. They referred to incidents where a teacher, principal or lecturer hinted or threatened that they would fail exams, get bad marks and that their schooling would be adversely affected, if they did not provide sexual favours.

Zimbabwe: Disappointing number of women in cabinet

Johannesburg, 18 September: In 1985, I made it to the front page of The Herald newspaper. It was a photo of me wearing a big smile, shaking President Robert Mugabe’s hand during the five-year independence celebrations. This roused my dream to one day become a politician and lead the country. But, with the low numbers of women in Zimbabwe’s government, especially after Mugabe’s cabinet appointment last week, I am left with doubt and disillusionment.

icône des femmes handicapées Á  Madagascar

icône des femmes handicapées Á  Madagascar

Fela Mijoro Razafinjato ne passe pas inaperçue car cette handicapée physique communique la joie de vivre et l’enthousiasme lÁ  où elle passe. Ayant des qualités innées de leader, elle est devenue l’icône dans l’avancement des droits des personnes handicapées, groupe qui était autrefois marginalisé dans la société malgache.
Handicapée depuis l’âge de trois ans après avoir contracté le virus de poliomyélite, son avenir paraissait incertain. «A l’époque, j’utilisais des béquilles pour pouvoir marcher. Mes parents me disaient toujours de ne pas trop me soucier du regard des autres car fondamentalement, je suis comme eux. Ils m’ont dit que je devais juste me contenter de bien étudier Á  l’école », se souvient-elle.
Depuis, elle a toujours figuré parmi les meilleurs élèves dans les établissements primaires, secondaires et même supérieurs qu’elle a fréquentés. Une fois ses diplômes en poche, elle n’avait qu’une idée en tête : aider les autres personnes handicapées qui n’ont pas eu la même chance qu’elle d’aller Á  l’école. En effet, il y a encore quelques années de cela Á  Madagascar, peu d’écoles secondaires acceptaient des personnes souffrant d’un handicap. C’est alors qu’elle a commencé Á  regrouper des personnes handicapées.

Swaziland: From education to equality

Swaziland: From education to equality

Lubombo, 31 May: For the first time in 15 years at age 27, Fikile Myeni is going to school. Her dreams of an education were shattered in 1997 when she and her five siblings dropped out of school because their family could not afford school fees. After hearing about adult classes offered by the Sebenta National Institute of Adult Education, Myeni and 28 other women started grade one at the beginning of May.

Myeni is excited to learn English and always looks forward to her classes. “Coming to class helps me get knowledge and that frees my mind. For now we are still at the bottom, but I can’t wait to be able to speak English,À Myeni said.

Worried that friends would laugh at her, Myeni was hesitant to start classes, but her fear of illiteracy and her desire for knowledge finally pushed her to take up the challenge. “I’m more confident now and I am happy about my ambitions. I never thought it would be this close to me,” explains Myeni.

Although she has to juggle classes and looking after her two children, Myeni knows that getting an education will not only better her chances of finding a job, but soon she will no longer have to rely on neighbours to read her mail.

Namibia and Seychelles develop costed gender action plans aligned to the SADC Protocol

Namibia and Seychelles develop costed gender action plans aligned to the SADC Protocol

Namibia and Seychelles became the first SADC countries to align their gender action plans to the SADC Protocol targets. The countries followed similar processes but tailored each plan to the country context. Namibia had already begun the process of reviewing its national gender policy but needed to develop a costed gender action plan, while Seychelles first drafted a national gender policy before embarking on the costing exercise.