Gender Justice

SA: The stigma of sex work – To be ‘blessed and slaying’

SA: The stigma of sex work – To be ‘blessed and slaying’

By Yolanda Dyantyi Johannesburg, 12 June 2018: Over the last couple of years, a “new” of type of sex work has populated much of social media under the name of “Blesser Lifestyle”. This has been glamourised by young women who post pictures on Instagram of the benefits received through this line of work using the […]

Role & Sustainability of African Regional NGOs

Role & Sustainability of African Regional NGOs

Communique: Role and Sustainability of African Regional NGOs, 28-29 May African Regional NGOs (RNGOs) ended a two day round table in Johannesburg with a call to their governments, regional economic commissions, and international co-operating partners to join hands with them in strengthening regional civil society organisations. The self-funded dialogue began as a Southern African initiative […]

Finance women’s rights orgs commit to equality

Finance women’s rights orgs commit to equality

Nairobi, 25th May 2018: The global donor community and international development partners must re-affirm their commitment to gender equality and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) by dedicating sufficient funding streams towards this focus. Unless this deliberate and purposeful financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment is realised, all efforts for transformational […]

Africa: Not yet Uhuru!

Africa: Not yet Uhuru!

By Lucia Makamure Johannesburg, 25 May: On this day in 1963, the Organisation of African Unity (OUA) now known as the Africa Union (AU) was founded in Addis Ababa with a commitment to free the continent from colonial rule and to improve the living standards across member states. Fifty-five years later, so much has changed […]

Lesotho: Domestic Violence Bill, hope to ending GBV

Lesotho: Domestic Violence Bill, hope to ending GBV

Maseru, 14 May: Lesotho is developing a Domestic Violence Bill 2018 in an endeavour to counter the rampant acts of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that have rocked the country. This comes after the previous bill was not enacted into law for many years. This bill has been discussed with relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of […]

Mauritius: Saving and changing lives

Mauritius: Saving and changing lives

By Sheistah Bundhoo Melrose, 25 April – “I came out of the Rehabilitation Youth Centre in 2017 after being condemned for three years given that I ran away from my parental home. I still remember the abuse I faced on the part of my step mother who always had a preference for her biological daughter. […]

April 27, 2018 Themes: Young Women | Youth Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Governance | Gender Justice

Malawi: Child marriages deny girls right to a future

Malawi: Child marriages deny girls right to a future

By Madalitso Kateta, Lilongwe, 20 April: A single decision changed 16-year-old Mumderanji Loyidi’s life. Although she was a promising pupil at Lisungwi Primary School in Neno district, Southern Malawi, Mumderanji recalls the day that she was told that she would be marrying a man who was three times her age. Then only aged 13, Mumderanji […]

April 26, 2018 Themes: Child Abuse Programs: Gender Justice

Global: A future greater than the past?

Global: A future greater than the past?

“Our future is greater than our past.”  With these words, repeated by 500 civil society leaders at the opening of the Commonwealth Peoples Forum, celebrated Nigerian author and poet Ben Okri set the tone for an exciting week of “no holds barred” panels and debates on all the major topics confronting our world – women’s […]

April 25, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice

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

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 […]