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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. Former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela once said, “Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression”. This statement makes me feel […]

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

Zimbabwe Appoints Anti Domestic Violence Council

Government has appointed an Anti-Domestic Violence Council to stop the scourge of domestic violence through monitoring and implementing the Domestic Violence Act. The 12-member council includes traditional leaders, Government officials and members of the civil society. Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Nyasha Eunice Chikwinya said the appointments were precipitated by the increase […]

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

May Day: Stop the robbery

Women across the world only make $0.77 for every dollar a man earns for work of equal value—and the United Nations wants to #StoptheRobbery. UN Women, an entity of the organization, launched a new, month-long campaign on Monday to raise awareness around the gender pay gap. People are invited to use the robbery hashtag to […]

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

Gender Monitoring in Science and Technology

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and other partners in the science field, member states and civil society in the Southern African Development Community held a two day meeting to discuss the role of science, technology and innovation in advancing gender equality. The workshop brought together gender and STI representatives from SADC member […]

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

Widow’s political pleas challenge traditional beliefs

The outspoken comments by Barbara Hogan, the widow of Ahmed Kathrada, following his death have challenged the beliefs around mourning and widowhood in the African context. Hogan defied tradition by making her voice heard at her husband’s burial when she questioned the integrity of the President, Jacob Zuma. In an unprecedented  move , more than […]

EAC hails Alliance for leading the way on Gender Equality

Government and Civil society representatives from the East Africa Community (EAC) who converged in Kampala last week for the launch of their Pilot Gender Barometer have hailed the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Gender Protocol Alliance for taking a lead in advancing gender equality in Africa. Speaking at the launch the EAC Barometer the Chairperson […]

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

Botswana signs gender Protocol, Mauritius only one out

The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance (Alliance) welcomes the signing of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development by Botswana this week after nine of stalling and calls on Mauritius to follow suit. In a statement, Chair of the Alliance Emma Kaliya said: “this is a great moment for the region. Botswana hosts the secretariat […]

Exploring the Intersections of Gender and Journalist Safety

Exploring the Intersections of Gender and Journalist Safety

The question arises whether the media development community does enough to foster engagement over the concerns surrounding gender and media practice, the unique and evolving threats confronting women journalists in the workplace and during the course of their work? Are these concerns adequately articulated within the global media development agenda? And what can be done […]

April 25, 2017 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media

Would it have happened to a male editor? Verashni and the lynch mob

OPINION: Many journalists/editors have experienced the ugly side of South African journalism, including the backstabbing, the paranoia, misogyny, racism and sexism, not to mention how individuals will lie and try to undermine others to save their jobs, only to be spat out when they too have served their purpose. The lynch mob mentality that has targeted Verashni […]

Widow’s political pleas challenge traditional beliefs

Widow’s political pleas challenge traditional beliefs

By Lucia Makamure The outspoken comments by Barbara Hogan, the widow of Ahmed Kathrada, following his death have challenged the beliefs around mourning and widowhood in the African context. Hogan defied tradition by making her voice heard at her husband’s burial when she questioned the integrity of the President, Jacob Zuma. In an unprecedented  move […]

South Africa: Zapiro cartoon misses the mark

South Africa: Zapiro cartoon misses the mark

Johannesburg, 18 March: Zapiro is at it again. Yes, again because he had a similar cartoon in 2008. The popular cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) has revived his 2008 cartoon, just different players now. Zapiro’s latest cartoon published in the Daily Maverick, shows two men and one woman pinning down a woman wearing a South African […]

April 18, 2017 Themes: Media | Sexual violence Programs: Gender & Media | Virtual Resource Centre VRC

Funding for gender equality

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