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Hot off the press: 2017 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer

Hot off the press: 2017 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer

        Southern Africa: SADC Gender Protocol Alliance launches the 2017 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer. Johannesburg, 16 August: The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Gender Protocol Alliance (Alliance) will this Thursday August 17 launch the 2017 edition of the annual SADC Gender Protocol Barometer (Barometer). The launch is set to coincide with SADC […]

#Women’sDay: Moment of truth for South Africa

#Women’sDay: Moment of truth for South Africa

Johannesburg, 8 August: Women’s day in South Africa is celebrated amid a victory for democracy, with the decision to undertake a secret vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, but a disappointing outcome as Zuma survived an eighth such vote in as many years. Women’s Day is also being celebrated under the dark shadow […]

August 8, 2017 Themes: Constitutional and legal rights Programs: Gender & Governance

Women’s Month: Demanding action & results

Women’s Month: Demanding action & results

Johannesburg, 3 August: This August, Gender Links (GL) joins South Africa in commemorating Women’s Month under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Women united in moving South Africa forward.”  Every  year South Africa sets aside the month of August not only to celebrate Women’s Month, National Women’s Day, but also to pay tribute to […]

Women’s representation in Lesotho Govt recedes

Women’s representation in Lesotho Govt recedes

Maseru, 4 August: Women’s representation in Lesotho’s parliament dropped by two-percentage points from 25% to 23% after the June 2017 National Assembly Elections. Out of the 120 seats, only 27 are held by women as compared to 2015 when women held 30 seats. The cabinet representation of women has remained the same for both 2015 […]

August 4, 2017 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance

Women entrepreneurial skills not fully supported

Women entrepreneurial skills not fully supported

By Melody Kandare Johannesburg, 18 July: While on a work assignment to administer monitoring and evaluation questionnaires on the progress of the SADC protocol on gender and development in Midvaal one of Gauteng’s town I was disappointed to see the struggles of local women entrepreneurship. It made me realise that entrepreneurship policies are not fully […]

Gender equality was close to Mandela’s heart

Gender equality was close to Mandela’s heart

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 18 July:Today the world celebrates the life of one of the world’s most iconic figures Nelson Mandela. This year we celebrate Mandela Day under the theme “Action against poverty”. Mandela Day presents a great opportunity to revisit commitments made to advancing gender equality. Mandela believed “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women […]

“Allow teen mothers to resume school”

“Allow teen mothers to resume school”

For immediate Release: Nairobi – 23/6/2017 African women and girls are outraged and incensed by yesterdays utterances by Tanzania President John Magufuli that teenage mothers impregnated while still in school should not be allowed to go back to their studies for fear of influencing other school girls to also fall pregnant. “That in this 21st […]

June 26, 2017 Themes: Education | Young Women Programs: News

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 […]