South Africa

Thoko-Mpumlwana Mbuyiselo Botha

Country Summary:

Board Members Thoko Mpumlwana
When registered 2011
Alliance Focal Network South African women in Dialogue (SAWID)
Government COEs 20 View the Centres of Excellence
Media COEs 15
Key partners South African women in Dialogue (SAWID)

Read more in the South Africa report.

South Africa Strategy 2016 – 2020

Knocked out by sex-DailySun

Lovers blame each other when one of them faints whilst they are having sex. The man accuses his girlfriend of being sick or trying to kill him, while the girlfriend says he is just weak in bed. To get a second opinion on their views they asked the man’s friend to sleep with the woman to see if he would also faint. The man ran for dear life.

Semenya shows that media cannot “free our mindsÀ

This article highlights the way the media and the general public has handled the Semenya’s story.

November 17, 2009 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Opinion | Portrayal | Virtual Resource Centre VRC

We are all equal, straight or gay

In some ways, South Africa is way ahead of the region when it comes to the rights of same sex couples. South Africa is the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa, to allow legal same-sex marriages. The signature of former deputy president Phumzile Mlamblo-Ngcuka on 30 December 2005 passed the Civil Union Bill into law following a historic vote in Parliament on 14 November 2005.

GMBS Briefing

BRIEFING ON THE LAUNCH OF THE REGIONAL REPORT OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN GENDER AND MEDIA BASELINE STUDY The regional report of the Gender and Media Baseline Study (GMBS) is the overview of a study on gender in the editorial content of the Southern African media. It is accompanied by reports for each of the twelve […]

November 16, 2009 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media | Gender and Media Baseline Study | Research

Western Cape gearing up for GBV action plans

South Africa’s nine provinces are currently participating in GBV action plans workshops and the Western Cape is taking these workshops very serious.

Radio Islam case study

Radio Islam is not unique among broadcasters in failing to ensure that women and
women’s voices are represented at all levels. However, because it overtly prevented
women from being heard, Radio Islam provided an unusual test case.

November 16, 2009 Themes: Media Programs: Broadcasting Legislation | Gender & Media | Research

Gender and media audience study: South Africa

The attached report presents the findings of the South Africa Gender and Media Audience Study (GMAS)conducted by Gender Links (GL) in partnership with Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University and theUniversity of Witwatersrand. It is the first comprehensive study of the gendered dimensions of audience newsconsumption and preferences in South Africa. The findings are based on the […]

November 16, 2009 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media | Gender and Media Audience Study (GMAS) | Research

Soccer stars leave the ladies asking for more; Ladies happy Confed is over

A brief textual analysis of two articles published on Sowetan on July 2009 just after the FIFA Confederations Cup. The Articles are entitled “Laddies Happy Confed is OverÀ and “Soccer Stars leave laddies asking for moreÀ are accompanied by images of local and European male soccer stars showcasing their muscles and a male football fan blowing a Vuvuzela.

November 16, 2009 Themes: Sports Programs: Events vs Issues | Gender Blind | News | Virtual Resource Centre VRC

‘Offensive’ billboard creates a stir

This article based on a Teazers club billboard deemed offensive by a cross section of people in South Africa’s Johannesburg City. The billboard shows a woman with super sized breasts lying on her back, with knees bent and one hand covering her breasts. The words no need for gender testing a written across the billboard.

Do HIV positive people combining ARVs with immune boosters, traditional herbal medicines or vitamins experience viral resistance and treatment failure than those taking ARVs only?

HIV and AIDS is one of the main challenges facing South Africa today. It is estimated that of the 39.5 million people living with HIV worldwide in 2006, and that more than 63% are from sub-Saharan Africa. About 5.54 million people are estimated to be living with HIV in South Africa in 2005, with 18.8% of the adult population (15-49) affected. Women are disproportionately affected; accounting for approximately 55% of HIV positive people. Women in the age group 25-29 are the worst affected with prevalence rates of up to 40%. For men the peak is reached at older ages, with an estimated 10% prevalence among men older than 50 years. HIV prevalence among younger women <20 years seems to be stabilizing, at about 16% for the past three years.À–(HIV/AIDS AND STI Strategic Plan for South Africa for 2007-2011) The South African Strategic plan is to reduce morbidity and mortality by providing treatment and care and support to 80 % of those infected by 2011. With the Sub Saharan region faced with lots of challenges namely À“ migration which is presumed to increase the spread of the disease stigmatisation which still prohibits the voluntary testing leading to late discovery of those infected Lack of proper leadership by the various states in the Sub Saharan regionÀ“ which delays the proper rollout of ARVS , It seems as if this plan is easier said than done. People from this region have always believed in alternative medicines like traditional medicines, medicinal herbs and would start at that route first before using antiretroviral drugs or might even combine them. My interest in this study is to see the uptake of these alternative medicines whilst using antiretroviral therapy and what effect is displayed in the users.

November 13, 2009 Themes: Culture and Tradition | Health | HIV/AIDS
South Africa


Country ManagerMariatu Fonnah
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