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

Africans rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity

The SADC Gender Alliance secretariat on Africa Day joined other civil society organisations based in Johannesburg for the official launch of Africa Rising. Africans Rising is a pan-African movement committed to the rights of African people through promotion of justice, peace and dignity. It is a platform created for the mapping of resources across the […]

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

From New York’s ‘Kiki’ to Jozi’s ‘Queens’

On the last day of May, the Swedish Embassy in South Africa screened two films Kiki and Jozi Queens that focus on the LGBTQI community. Kiki, an American-Swedish co-produced documentary set in New York focuses on several young LGBT people of colour as they participate in contemporary LGBTQI African- American ball culture. The documentary exploits […]

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

Water ‘Is a Game Changer in Woman’s Life’

By Abela Msikula According to the Integrated Labour Force Survey 2014, five households out of 10, equivalent to 54.6 percent in Tanzania mainland reach water services within 400 meters and 11.2 percent are forced to walk over two kilometres in search of the service. Women and girls have been mentioned as victims of the situation, […]

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

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