Will SA be the first African country to pass effective laws to end prostitution?

While it is widely acknowledged that existing laws governing prostitution in South Africa have done little for the well-being of people in prostitution in this country, it has still taken several years for any progress to be made regarding the amendment of laws pertaining to the sex trade. While the release of the South African […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Sex work Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Opportunities for Women Involvement in Sports Exist

While presenting to an audience of journalists and sports industry stakeholders at an International Working Group on Women and Sports sponsored Gender Mainstreaming Engagement Exercise Magdaline Madibela pointed out how the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 and the complementary Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) come together to enhance opportunities that can be exploited to improve the involvement […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Sports Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Angola: Women Represent 59.9 of Voters in 2017 Elections

Luanda — The representation of the woman with electoral capacity in the August 23 election represents 59.9 percent of the total number of voters, said the Angolan Secretary of State for Cooperation, Ângela Bragança. The official said so during a lecture on “Women and Elections in Africa”, adding that the electoral process should be a […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Segokgo wins Tlokweng by-election

Botswana is been lauded as a true ‘shining example of democracy in Africa’, but when it comes to empowering women in politics the country is like most other African states. In fact, it is even worse – with little improvement since independence in 1965. While the number of women holding key positions in the private […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Swaziland: Kingdom Faces LGBTI Rights Review

Swaziland’s discrimination against LGBTI people is being put under scrutiny by a United Nations group. Swaziland, which is ruled by King Mswati III, as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2004, which protects the rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people among […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: LGBTI Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Gender parity elusive as Lesotho votes

2017 has seen more women participating in the National Assembly elections with a total of 409 women or 31% of all candidates for all the 80 constituencies. This represents an increase of about 21% from a total of 337 women candidates in 2015. However despite this welcome increase in the proportion of women candidates in […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Zimbabwe: At the coalface, Gender in Local Government

The book documents one of the most far-reaching, systematic and sustained efforts to promote gender in local government in Zimbabwe and in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. Based on the research report, “At the Coalface, Gender in Local Government” undertaken in 2010, the book assesses “Gender @ Work in Local Government” in Zimbabwe […]

June 10, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance

Is Africa rising enough for its women?

Johannesburg, 22 May: May 25 marks Africa Freedom day and many people across the continent and in the diaspora hold celebrations to mark this special occasion. On this day we celebrate the unity and solidarity of our founding leaders who sacrificed it all for the sake of our freedom and independence. As the beneficiaries of […]

May 16, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: News

Winning for women

Winning for women

Over the past week, after years of deliberation, Botswana took the monumental decision to sign the SADC Gender Protocol. The protocol advises on how best to achieve equal and meaningful participation of women in all areas of life. The signing represents a historic moment for Gender Links, who have been advocating for its implementation in […]

May 15, 2017 Themes: Protocol Programs: News

World Press Freedom a far cry from equality

By Tarisai Nyamweda, Media stakeholders including government officials, civil society, journalists and editors met on 3 May in Johannesburg, South Africa to celebrate and engage on World Press Freedom under the theme “critical minds for critical times”. The celebrations coordinated by Gender Links (GL), Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Freedom of Expression Institute, Media […]

May 10, 2017 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media

The Africa women want

Women rights organisations from across Africa met in Nairobi from May 3 to 5 to strategise on how to take forward Agenda 2030 and the Africa Agenda 2063. Organised by Femnet the conference provided an opportunity to discuss the best ways for the African women’s movement to engage in the processes of monitoring the implementation […]

May 10, 2017 Themes: Gender equality Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Chibok girls: What fate awaits the ones set free?

There was huge relief when 82 of the girls kidnapped by Islamist militants Boko Haram in Chibok, north-east Nigeria, in 2014 were freed on Saturday. But, as the BBC’s Alastair Leithead has been finding out, they may still not be able to go back home. The ordeal of being kidnapped by Boko Haram does not […]