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Feminism:Contradictions and possibilities

Feminism:Contradictions and possibilities

By Colleen Lowe Morna Mbabane, 19 July: It is wonderful to be back at Waterford/ Kamhlaba, my alma mater, forty years later. The fact that we are having a debate here today on African feminism, during Waterford’s third Africa Week, held under the banner “Unscrambling Africa” speaks volumes on how far we have come on […]

Gender equality was close to Mandela’s heart

Gender equality was close to Mandela’s heart

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 18 July:Today the world celebrates the life of one of the world’s most iconic figures Nelson Mandela. This year we celebrate Mandela Day under the theme “Action against poverty”. Mandela Day presents a great opportunity to revisit commitments made to advancing gender equality. Mandela believed “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women […]

July 18, 2017 Themes: Human Rights Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Women entrepreneurial skills not fully supported

Women entrepreneurial skills not fully supported

By Melody Kandare Johannesburg, 18 July: While on a work assignment to administer monitoring and evaluation questionnaires on the progress of the SADC protocol on gender and development in Midvaal one of Gauteng’s town I was disappointed to see the struggles of local women entrepreneurship. It made me realise that entrepreneurship policies are not fully […]

Increase Focus on Women Entrepreneurs

Increase Focus on Women Entrepreneurs

By Sheila Maingi Johannesburg, June 23: Today for the first time ever we celebrate International Day for small, medium-sized enterprises under the theme Small Business –Big Impact. According to the World Economic Forum, “SMEs are driver most of the jobs created in Sub-Saharan Africa; they generate an average of 80% of jobs in the region.” […]

June 27, 2017 Themes: Economics Programs: Gender & Governance | News

Youth Day Celebration at New Hope Secondary School

Youth Day Celebration at New Hope Secondary School

Youth Day Celebration at New Hope Secondary School By Tshwaresa Malatji Johannesburg, 21 June 2017: Alcohol and drug abuse is fast becoming a serious problem in South Africa. According to Christian Drug Support, “drug Abuse remains a growing problem in South Africa with 7.06% of our population abusing drugs, number of patients younger than 20 […]

June 27, 2017 Themes: GBV Programs: News

Midvaal Local Municipality warns learners on illegal use of substances.

Midvaal Local Municipality warns learners on illegal use of substances.

Midvaal Local Municipality warns learners on illegal use of substances. By Petronell Ngonyama and Tshwaresa Malatji Johannesburg 21 June: As part of Youth Month celebrations, Midvaal Local Municipality one of the local councils engaged in the Gender Links Centres of Excellence in Local Government hosted an Anti-substance abuse and illicit trafficking campaign at New Hope […]

June 27, 2017 Themes: GBV Programs: News | News

SA condom distribution in schools causes stir

SA condom distribution in schools causes stir

By Petronell Ngonyama Johannesburg, 22 June 2017: The new government policy on condom distribution in schools has been received differently by certain sections of society.  The policy comes as a measure to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS as well as pregnancy amongst the youth. Speaking to Gender Links during an event hosted by […]

June 27, 2017 Themes: Reproductive health | Young Women Programs: News

Shocking HIV and AIDS rate among young women in South Africa

Shocking HIV and AIDS rate among young women in South Africa

Johannesburg, 26 June: HIV and AIDS has a great impact on society, both as an illness and as a source of discrimination. The pandemic also has significant economic impacts. South African youth especially young women are the most vulnerable and are at a high risk of contracting HIV. There are multiple of factors, which put […]

June 26, 2017 Themes: Health | HIV/AIDS | Young Women | Youth Programs: News

Young women live in constant fear in South Africa

Young women live in constant fear in South Africa

By Tshwaresa Malatji Johannesburg, 15 June: On 16 June, we celebrate the sacrifices made by many students from the African township of Soweto, outside Johannesburg, gathered at their schools to participate in a student-organized protest demonstration. Student were marching against the Bantu Education and for freedom of expression. As a young South African woman Youth […]

June 15, 2017 Themes: GBV | Young Women | Youth Programs: News

Empower young women to break dependence

Empower young women to break dependence

By Petronell Ngonyama Johannesburg, 15 June 2017: This June, South Africa celebrates youth month under the banner “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”. This theme comes at a time when many young women and men are unemployed and are encouraged to explore different opportunities and become drivers of the economy.     Recent […]

June 15, 2017 Themes: Economics | Young Women | Youth Programs: News

Why I fight for all spaces to be safe for women

Why I fight for all spaces to be safe for women

By Colleen Lowe Morna Gaborone, 12 June: Something happened to me last week that reminded me of why I do the exhausting and often thankless work that I do. It was a simple but not so simple matter that strengthened my resolve to “take back the night” and never apologise for doing so to those […]

June 12, 2017 Themes: GBV | Gender violence | Physical violence | Sports | Youth Programs: News

June Roadmap to Equality : Editor’s Note

Welcome to another exciting edition of the Roadmap to Equality! Tracking progress towards the implementation and ratification of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. This promises to be an eventful month on the gender calendar. The month kicked off with national elections in Lesotho. An analysis of the participants’ lists in the recent elections […]

June 12, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance