Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Zim: Tax scrapped off sanitary pads

Zim: Tax scrapped off sanitary pads

By Busi Bhebhe Bulawayo, 9 November: Zimbabwean Sexual Reproductive Health Rights activists are celebrating a recent guarantee made by the country’s Minister of Finance Dr Mthuli Ncube to remove duty on sanitary wear. Ncube who is expected to deliver his 2019 annual budget statement to the nation on November 22, last week pledged to ensure […]

November 9, 2018 Themes: Reproductive health Programs: GL Commentary Service

Mauritius NGOs present shadow report at CEDAW

Mauritius NGOs present shadow report at CEDAW

Anushka Virahsawmy, Country Manager at Gender Links Mauritius and Nargis Bundhun, Senior Counsel from Mauritius participated in the 71st session of the CEDAW committee held at the United Nations on the 29th of October 2018. This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that a Non-Governmental Organisation has taken to floor and presented […]

November 1, 2018 Themes: Reproductive health Programs: News

Glass Ceiling launch

Muvaki is here: Part 2 – Letter to my Only Sibling

Muvaki is here: Part 2 – Letter to my Only Sibling

Museyamwa! I never really imagined what it would look like when we both have kids, and here we are. To be honest I am still trying to figure it out and see what we look like now, before I start planning family holidays to Kruger National Park, Vic Falls and Disney Land…       […]

October 10, 2018 Themes: Children Programs: News

SA: Herstory needs to be rewritten and read

SA: Herstory needs to be rewritten and read

By Colleen Lowe Morna, Tarisai Nyamweda and Lucia Makamure Johannesburg, 21 September: Heroes of history: so reads many a text book that shapes young minds. As Women’s Month in August turns to Heritage Month in September, the Sheroes of Herstory that briefly take centre stage fade into the background. Male narratives once more dominate. This year’s […]

September 21, 2018 Themes: Governance | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | News

Swaziland: Only 14% Women in elections race

Swaziland: Only 14% Women in elections race

By Ncane Maziya Mbabane, 17 September: Out of the 670 candidates that will contest for the secondary elections in both MP and Indvuna Yenkhundla, only 98 (14%) women candidates remain to contest against their male counterparts. Again the “Vote for a Woman” campaign has not made the desired results as more men than women won […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Politics Programs: News | Women in Politics

South Africa: I breastfeed because I can

South Africa: I breastfeed because I can

Dear Mambo, At 14.5 months you still drink A LOT of milk. I am completely unapologetic. I am quite aware that perhaps by next year you may not still be breastfeeding, and to be honest it breaks my heart. I have always told anyone who asks (and many have) when I will stop breastfeeding and […]

September 10, 2018 Themes: Children | Health | Reproductive health Programs: News

Cyber bullying; an emerging threat to female leadership

Cyber bullying; an emerging threat to female leadership

By: Boitshepo Balozwi This weekend in Gaborone the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians met under the umbrella of the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region Conference. The focus of the women centered symposium was cyberbullying, and how it impedes on the rights and privileges of female members of parliament. Convening the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians meeting on Saturday […]

September 3, 2018 Themes: Gender based violence | ICT's Programs: News

SA: GBV perpetrators must be brought to account

SA: GBV perpetrators must be brought to account

By Sandiswa Manana Johannesburg, 31 August:  Odwa Nkololo, a father of two, was sentenced three life sentences in prison for raping and murdering a four-year-old Iyapha Yamile and for also raping another seven-year-old girl. He appeared before the magistrate in the Western Cape high Court last week, Tuesday. Iyapha Yamile disappeared in Khayelitsha on Easter Sunday […]

August 31, 2018 Themes: Child Abuse | GBV Programs: News

SA Women in Dialogue honours Mrs. Sobukwe

SA Women in Dialogue honours Mrs. Sobukwe

South African Women in Dialogue honours the life and legacy of struggle stalwart Mrs. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, widow of Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Founder Robert Sobukwe, who died at her home in Graaf Reinet at the age of 91, forty years after the death of her beloved husband. She was affectionately known as the “mother […]

August 24, 2018 Themes: Gender equality Programs: News