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Southern Africa: Young people are the future

Southern Africa: Young people are the future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Johannesburg, 16 June: The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Gender Protocol Alliance will this month of June launch the Young Women Alliance (YWA) network. The launch is meant to coincide with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child on June 16. The YWA will be made up of young women […]

June 15, 2017 Themes: Children | Young Women | Youth Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Special measures needed for 50/50 in Zim local govt

Special measures needed for 50/50 in Zim local govt

Harare, 13 June: Gender Links Zimbabwe (GLZ) has called on partners in the Fifty Fifty campaign to redouble efforts to ensure women’s increased representation in local government in the 2018 elections following the decline from 19% to 16% in 2013. The call forms part of GLZ’s launch of “At the Coalface, Gender@Work in Local Government […]

Gender parity elusive as Lesotho votes

Gender parity elusive as Lesotho votes

Final appeal for the election of women: “Yes we must and yes we can.” It is only a day to the 3 June 2017 Lesotho National Assembly elections. Maseru, 2 June: 2017 has seen more women participating in the National Assembly elections with a total of 409 women or 31% of all candidates for all […]

June 2, 2017 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance

Menstruation must be demystified

Menstruation must be demystified

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 28 May: At 11 Lelo*, who lived with her grandmother started menstruating and could not understand what was happening to her body. No one had ever talked to her about it except for the few embarrassing conversations they had at school when the boys would be asked to stay in class […]

May 29, 2017 Themes: Health | Reproductive health | Young Women Programs: News

No excuse for men getting away with murder

No excuse for men getting away with murder

By Colleen Lowe Morna Johannesburg, 24 May: On Sunday 28 May, women around South Africa will dress in black and wear red lipstick in honour of the women who have been brutally murdered in the name of love. Under the hashtag #GodCreatedWoman they are part of a new movement – “the All Black and Red […]

Political leadership lacking in addressing GBV

Political leadership lacking in addressing GBV

On Sunday 28 May all South African women are asked to wear black from head to toe and wear red lipstick, then upload photos with the hashtag #GodCreatedWoman. Every eight hours an intimate partner kills a woman in South Africa. Imagine if his intimate partner in the name of love killed every eight hours was […]

May 22, 2017 Themes: Gender violence Programs: Advocacy | Gender Justice

Is Africa rising enough for its women?

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 […]

Mother’s day in a diverse world

Mother’s day in a diverse world

On  Wednesday the 17th of May 2017, the world joined in solidarity to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Created in 2004, the day is used to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and […]

Botswana signs gender Protocol, Mauritius remains

Botswana signs gender Protocol, Mauritius remains

Johannesburg, 2 May: The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance (Alliance) welcomes the signing of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development by Botswana on 27 April after nine years 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 […]

EAC hails Alliance for leading the way on Gender Equality

EAC hails Alliance for leading the way on Gender Equality

Johannesburg, 09 May: 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 […]

SA: No to gender based censorship in the news

SA: No to gender based censorship in the news

Johannesburg, 3 May: On World Press Freedom Day held this year under the banner “Critical Minds for Critical Times”, Gender Links calls for an end to gender based censorship in the news. A Southern African advocacy NGO that has done extensive research on gender in the media, Gender Links joins the Institute for the Advancement […]

May 3, 2017 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media | GL Commentary Service

Gender censorship a glaring reality

Gender censorship a glaring reality

Johannesburg, 2 May: On 3 May we commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) under the theme Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media Roles in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This year’s celebrations take place amidst concerns over harassment (online and offline), attacks and even killings of journalists for expressing their views. Journalists’ safety especially […]