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Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group Congratulates LeGaBiBo on landmark win

We, The UPR NGO Working Group congratulate one of our member organisations, LeGaBiBo, on its win in a landmark case on 16 March 2016. The Court of Appeal found that the Government of Botswana had acted unconstitutionally when it rejected the registration application of LeGaBiBo on 12 March 2012. The members of the Universal Periodic […]

Namibia: Natalia Nangobe

Namibia: Natalia Nangobe

Ogwediva, Namibia, 8 March 2016: My name is Nakandjemo* I come from Ombila village in Oshana region and have five children. If you give more women business skills, then poverty will reduce in Namibia. I am no longer abused by my husband we made peace. This happened because now I am making money and can buy food for the house and contribute to our children wherever I can.

60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women begins

Gender Links (GL) today joins government representatives, UN entities, activists and other civil society organisations at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 60. The session runs from 14 – 24 March 2016. This sixtieth session is the first CSW happening just months after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). This year, […]

International: IFJ report highlights high levels of gender discrimination and violence against women in the media

Brussels, 7 March 2016- In a report released on International Women’ s day (8 March), the Gender Council (GC) of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) highlights high levels of gender discrimination and violence against women in the media across the globe. “We have hit a plateau, a place where movement and change appear non-existent,” states the […]

International: Celebrating International Womens Day

On 8 March 2016, the world celebrates International Womens Day (IWD) under the banner Step It Up for Gender equality. This is the first IWD celebration since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals which include a specific goal to attain gender equality.Read more on IWD message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNWomen Executive Director on IWD […]

DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights Press Statement on International Women’s Day

“There can be no sustainable progress without progress for girls and women. They are the change agents of our future”. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 2015 2016 is the Africa Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women  On 8 March 2016, The Gender Thematic Working Group of the Comprehensive […]

Honduras: JASS Condemns Murder of Berta Cáceres and Calls for an Independent Investigation

Thursday, 03 March 2016 – We are deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Honduran activist—our sister and friend—Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). “The loss of this extraordinary indigenous feminist activist, environmental defender, and community leader takes our breath away and fills us with […]

South Africa: Addressing SRHR vital for youth

South Africa: Addressing SRHR vital for youth

Durban, 3 March 2016: Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) play a major role in the lives of young people, enabling them to decide freely and responsibly on all aspects of their sexuality. Last week, the AIDS Foundation of South Africa hosted its annual Regional Learning and Sharing Conference in Durban, under the theme […]

Malawi: Climate change threatens food security

Malawi: Climate change threatens food security

Lilongwe 15 February 2016: Abiti Mkwanda, a 62-year-old woman resident in Mangochi district in the southern region of Malawi remembers vividly how the 2015 floods left her hopeless when her maize field drowned. She recounts how it has been hard to find food for herself and her grandchildren. For the whole year, she depended on […]

February 15, 2016 Themes: Climate change | Environment | Poverty | Productive resources Programs: Gender & Media

International: No to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

International: No to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Addis Ababa 8 February 2016: Asnakech, from Ethiopia, was 12 when her parents decided it was time for her to ‘become a woman’. A self-taught circumciser came to her house, cut her clitoris and outer labia using a razor blade, then pressed ashes and cow manure on the bleeding cuts. In technical terms, this is […]