Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

South Africa: A tale of two tales

South Africa: A tale of two tales

By Colleen Lowe Morna and Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 24 May: In January a TV news channel reported a story about the police believing they had arrested a serial killer and rapist who had been terrorising residents of eMbalenhle in Mpumalanga for the past four years. The story relies on one source – the police officer. […]

May 24, 2019 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media | News | VRC Clippings

Lesotho: Fight to end child marriages rages on

Lesotho: Fight to end child marriages rages on

By Gerard Molupe Maseru, 10 May: There  is a disturbing trend of children who get married at the young age in Lesotho. This happens mostly in the rural areas of the country where poverty is rife. The Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Senior Programmes Officer Attorney Mohau Maapesa says they are also concerned […]

May 24, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children | Reproductive health Programs: VRC Clippings

Namibia: Schools urged to embrace CSE curriculum

Namibia: Schools urged to embrace CSE curriculum

By Linea Dishena THE education ministry has encouraged Namibians to embrace the introduction of the revised comprehensive sexual education (CSE) curriculum in schools. Revised in 2013, the CSE course is part of the life skills subject, and aims to give pupils in Grade 4 to Grade 12 the knowledge, attitudes, skills and values to make […]

May 23, 2019 Themes: Education | Reproductive health Programs: Gender Aware | VRC Clippings

Parents d’enfants LGBTQ: entre acceptation et rejet

Parents d’enfants LGBTQ: entre acceptation et rejet

By Marie Annick Savripene PortLouis, 19 May: Les lesbiennes, gay, bisexuels, trans et queer (LGBTQ) ont toujours existé. Sauf qu’ils ont longtemps vécu cachés, quand ils n’étaient pas contraints par leurs familles à se cantonner à des modes de vie ne correspondant pas à leur identité du genre. Maintenant que la norme est au coming […]

Malawi: Shortage of contraceptives hits women hard

Malawi: Shortage of contraceptives hits women hard

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Blantyre, 21 May:Thirty-year-old Doris Chikwina from Chigwaja village in Blantyre, Malawi is a very furious woman. She has just discovered that she is pregnant again. “I am fuming yet I am supposed to be happy with this bundle of joy news. But I am not. I did not expect this pregnancy. I […]

May 21, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health Programs: Gender & Media | VRC Clippings

SA: Diversity, balance & sensitivity still missing in TV media

SA: Diversity, balance & sensitivity still missing in TV media

 Johannesburg, 20 May: There is urgent need to achieve greater diversity, balance and sensitivity in the coverage of gender violence in South African television. This is the key finding of the first ever gender monitoring of the audio visual media to include entertainment and children’s programming, in addition to the news, that has been the […]

May 21, 2019 Themes: Media Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Sexual Diversity in the Malawi elections

Sexual Diversity in the Malawi elections

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Blantyre,20 May:Whoever wins the Malawi elections that are scheduled this May 21 has the toll order to adhere to the Constitution to the fullest. One of many litmus tests he must pass is how he will handle the issue of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) which remains sensitive in Malawi […]

Malawi’s Life Skills Education inadequate

Malawi’s Life Skills Education inadequate

By Winstone Mwale Lilongwe 1 May : Deep-rooted conservatism, misconceptions, culture, and religious beliefs appear to be some of the factors currently throwing off the track efforts to improve young people’s access to correct and comprehensive sexuality information through Life Skills Education in Malawi. The country is currently plagued by social and health problems, such […]

May 20, 2019 Themes: Education Programs: GL Commentary Service

Gender Diversity & GBV in SA Television

Gender Diversity & GBV in SA Television

Join The Mail & Guardian, GIZ,  UN Women and Gender Links  at the the first public event of the Media Compact Flagship Project on the evening of the 21st of May 2019 in Johannesburg at 18.30 We will be discussing gender, diversity and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in South African Television focusing on a study […]

Fight for LGBTIQ community’s rights resurface

Fight for LGBTIQ community’s rights resurface

Malawi: From Australia to Malawi issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex and Queer/ Questioning (LGBTIQ) community could be the same. In Australia a deeply religious 30-year old rugby player Israel Folau, found himself in hot water over his anti-gay comments. He posted on social media that “hell awaits homosexuals”. It cost him his […]

May 13, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | Religion | Sex roles Programs: News | Perspective