Funding for women rights organisations takes centre stage at CSW61

The Dutch Mission at the United Nations organised a side event as part of CSW61 to discuss ways on addressing the continued cuts on funding for women and feminist organisations. Speakers at the event included representatives from AWID, JASS and Danish Pension Funds. AWID gave a good introduction, and recalled the Organisation for Economic Co-operation […]

March 27, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

New IPU and UN Women map shows women’s representation in politics stagnating

(Geneva-New York, 15 March)—The number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to the data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. The Map, which depicts global rankings for women in the executive […]

March 27, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

GAMAG members will spotlight women and gender at CSW 2018

With only a year to go before the 62nd annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)  at the United Nations in New York, it’s not too early to start planning how to ensure the theme of gender and the media is reflected on its agenda, says Tim Francis, Associate Programme Specialist, UNESCO Communication and […]

March 27, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Second panel report shows how economically empowered women are at the core of an inclusive and sustainable global economy

The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment has presented its second report with final recommendations to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. In its report, the Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. The report also acknowledges that gender inequalities remain stubborn across the world, […]

March 27, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Malawi government champions the SADC Gender Protocol at CSW61

The Malawi government presented at the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW 61) how having a regional gender instrument like the SADC Gender Protocol (Protocol) has helped to advance the economic empowerment of women. Addressing participants at their side event entitled, ‘Opportunities for women to move up value chains in Malawi through economic empowerment […]

Alliance Chair appointed global gender pay champion

The Alliance Chair, Emma Kaliya was on March 13 appointed as a champion for equal pay alongside high profile government officials, celebrities and gender equality activists. The official announcement was made at a colourful event held at the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN) to coincide with the first day of the 61st edition […]

Editor’s note

Welcome to our Commission of the Status of Women (CSW61) special edition of the Roadmap to Equality! Tracking progress towards the implementation and ratification of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. CSW61 that ran from 13-24 March was held under the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, whereas the […]

March 27, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Madagascar: Being bold for gender equality

Madagascar, 8 March:  Be bold for change is the slogan of International Women’s Day this year. It is one thing to be bold, another is to bring about lasting change. At Gender Links we have tried to be bold by insisting against the many pressures to deliver instant results that there are no short cuts […]

March 9, 2017 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

All talk, little money for women’s rights

All talk, little money for women’s rights

It’s International Women’s Day and I am struggling with many emotions. I am opening the fourth invitation in as many days to an embassy round table on women’s rights in Southern Africa, and I am tempted to politely request that they donate the lunch or breakfast money to our work on the ground. I have […]

Justice is served in Mozambique

Justice is served in Mozambique

Johannesburg, 7 March 2017: Gender Links (GL) joins in celebrating the victory of Josina Machel won in a recent high profile domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend which left her blind in one eye. Although the perpetrator was given a suspended sentence and still wishes to appeal it, this is a bold statement that all […]

March 7, 2017 Themes: Gender violence Programs: Gender Justice

Can the women’s movement sustain the call for change

In the aftermath of the largest peaceful march ever to take place in the US and globally following Donald Trump’s inauguration, critics are asking if the diverse range of protests that spread like a Mexican wave across five continents on 21 January can sustain the energy. Who is the women’s movement, and why is it […]

February 2, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: News

South Africa: No proxy for president!

The race for the next president of South Africa is on! Will Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, outgoing chair of the African Union (AU) become South Africa’s first woman president? Or will Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa finally get his chance, after Thabo Mbeki trumped him to take over from Nelson Mandela in 1999? South African author and former […]

January 20, 2017 Themes: Gender equality | Governance | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign