Constitutional and legal rights

The Urgent Action Sister Funds

The Urgent Action Sister Funds is a consortium of women’ s funds. Separate funds exist for Latin America and Africa. These funds are for women’s human rights. They also share a mandate to protect and support women as well as  defend women’s black and trans leadership. Hence these rapid response grants are a lifeline for many activists. […]

Zambia’s Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights The Bill of Rights of Zambia simplified by the grand coalition of the campaign for a people-driven constitution in Zambia. This booklet is a simplified version of the Bill of Rights as contained in the draft constitution of Zambia. The simplified version was published in 2016.  

Human Rights Watch: Annual Report: Crisis – Lives in the Balance 2014

Human Rights Watch Annual Report 2014 includes the organisation’s work and supporters from July 2013 to December 2014. First of all, frontline investigations by experts lie at the heart of Human Rights Watch’s work. Mostly the role is to amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and ending discrimination. It also includes overcoming hurdles of those […]

Graca Machel Trust: Multiplying faces, amplifying voices

Making the voices of African women and children count The Graca Machel Trust exists to work with the thousands of voices seeking progress and amplifying African women and children’s voices Our mission is to amplify women’s movements, as well as promote women’s contributions and leadership. Further, we advocate for the protection of children’s rights.

Judicial Bench Book on Violence against Women in East Africa

Judicial Bench Book on Violence against Women in East Africa

Domestic violence is the greatest cause of death among women and girls worldwide. Although most Commonwealth member states have laws to protect the rights of women, implementation can prove difficult. The judiciary also plays a central role in enhancing and protecting women’s rights, and enforcing laws against women abuse. The Commonwealth commissions case law reviews […]

The National Gender Policy Republic of the Seychelles

The Seychelles’ National Gender Policy is available. There are no  overtly discriminatory laws in the Republic of the Seychelles. The gap therefore lies in the enforcement and implementation of the law. Legislation drafting and domestication of treaties and protocols ratified by the Seychelles should mainstream gender. The gender mainstreaming approaches of SADC, the Commonwealth Secretariat […]

Zimbabwe and Ghana: A tale of two countries

Zimbabwe and Ghana: A tale of two countries

16 November, 2017: There is a personal story I share with my children and staff by way of saying never be shy of conflict: no storming, no norming, no performing. Watching the military machinery roll down the gentle avenues of Harare in the country of my birth, Zimbabwe, I am reminded how I met my […]

November 16, 2017 Themes: Conflict | Constitutional and legal rights Programs: Gender & Governance

Muslim divorce issues raised_ Pretoria News

Muslim divorce issues raised_ Pretoria News

#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

Widow’s political pleas challenge traditional beliefs

The outspoken comments by Barbara Hogan, the widow of Ahmed Kathrada, following his death have challenged the beliefs around mourning and widowhood in the African context. Hogan defied tradition by making her voice heard at her husband’s burial when she questioned the integrity of the President, Jacob Zuma. In an unprecedented  move , more than […]