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South Africa: More than just Mandela’s ex wife

South Africa: More than just Mandela’s ex wife

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 6 April: As South Africa mourns the passing of veteran and anti-apartheid legend Winnie Madikizela-Mandela varying narratives of her roles in society as a freedom fighter, politician, a leader, a woman and mother have emerged in the media. An ENCA trailer when the news broke out called her the hero or […]

April 6, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Media | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender & Media

GBV, plight of the girl child in Lesotho

GBV, plight of the girl child in Lesotho

By Manteboheleng Mabetha Maseru, 23 March: Lerato (22) went through the trauma of being raped by her father at the age of 13 until he was caught when she was aged 15. The discovery was made because she fell pregnant by her father then. “My father was arrested but I was left with a child […]

March 26, 2018 Themes: GBV Programs: Advocacy | Gender Justice

SADC Mirror on the Media launched at CSW

SADC Mirror on the Media launched at CSW

By Colleen Lowe Morna Gender Links (GL), in partnership with the government of Malawi and UN Women launched its innovative online media monitoring tool at a packed event during CSW 62 last week. GL’s “mirror on the media” is the product of years of monitoring – see here -showing that women represent less than one […]

March 26, 2018 Themes: Gender equality | GMMP | Media Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Media

“Leave no woman behind in political decision making”

“Leave no woman behind in political decision making”

By Zethu Shongwe Thring Mbabane, 8 March”: ’’Any women who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.’’ Those were the words of Mr Clement Dlamini (UNISWA lecturer). The Swazi nation marked the International Women’s Day in Swaziland on the 8th of March 2018. This […]

CSW 62: Online violence pushed her out of journalism

CSW 62: Online violence pushed her out of journalism

By Tarisai Nyamweda New York, 15 March: Violence against women online and women journalists in particular has been a key topic through out the first week of the Commission on the Status of Women. Women journalists are constantly faced with trolling, insults, cyberstalking,  slutshaming, revenge pornography amongst other things as they try to get their […]

March 22, 2018 Themes: Gender and Media Awards | Gender equality | Media Programs: Gender & Media

Zim: I Returned to my Country a Stranger

Zim: I Returned to my Country a Stranger

In August 2000, Violet Gonda left her home country to study for an MA in International Journalism in London. She expected it would be for one year. However, she was to spend the next 17 years in exile as a result of being banned from returning to Zimbabwe by President Robert Mugabe’s regime. But she […]

March 21, 2018 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media

CSW 62: Harnessing citizen data to measure SDG 5

CSW 62: Harnessing citizen data to measure SDG 5

By Colleen Lowe Morna New York, 20 March:  How can national statistical bureau harness citizen generated data for measuring SDG 5 – gender equality? This is one of many questions addressed at side events organised by UN Women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women underway in New York. The Southern African Gender […]

CSW 62: More research on gender and media needed

CSW 62: More research on gender and media needed

By Tarisai Nyamweda New York, 15 March: The Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) convened a panel on policy dimensions and a research agenda at the ongoing Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This panel  illustrated how the wider policy framework affects the gender equality dimensions in media and ICTs, including content, women’s […]

March 20, 2018 Themes: GMMP | Media Programs: Gender & Media | Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

CSW 62: Finding solutions to violence against women journalists

CSW 62: Finding solutions to violence against women journalists

By Tarisai Nyamweda New York, 16 March: Gender Links (GL) and the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) convened their maiden parallel event at the Sixty Second Commission on the Status of Women. The objective of the event was to workshop examples of best practices from news industry professionals, digital developers, academics, […]

Zim: Where is the Gender in the Elections Agenda?

Zim: Where is the Gender in the Elections Agenda?

By Buhlebenkosi Tshabangu Moyo So we are going to have elections this year. We don’t have the date yet but if we go by the Constitution, we should have exercised our right to vote no later than August 21. Predictably, there are a lot of discussions on electoral reforms. These are very important discussions because […]

March 20, 2018 Themes: Elections | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

SA: From #hashtags to action in rural areas

SA: From #hashtags to action in rural areas

By  LuciaMakamure Johannesburg, 14 March: The 62nd Commission of the Status of Women (CSW62) is underway in New York under the banner “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas”. The annual conference comes hardly a week after International Women Day whose theme this year […]

March 14, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Media | Young Women Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Media

CSW 62 opens, where are African young women?

CSW 62 opens, where are African young women?

New York, 12 March: The Commisson on the Status of Women (CSW62) kick started today in New York City, in the Unitewd States of America. Thousands of women from across the globe gathered during this annual meeting to discuss the status of women, take stock and share their experiences in advancing gender equality and womens […]

March 13, 2018 Themes: Reproductive health Programs: 16 Days of Activism 2008