Feminism

Global: Celebrating World Press Freedom Day

Global: Celebrating World Press Freedom Day

Johannesburg, 2 May: On 3 May, we commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) under the theme “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law”. This year’s celebrations take place amidst the strengthening of the #MeToo campaign concerning sexual harassment (online and offline), safety of female journalists and campaigns against gender pay gaps […]

SA: Call for young women to mobilise on freedom day

SA: Call for young women to mobilise on freedom day

By Yolanda Dyantyi Johannesburg, 27 April: As we celebrate freedom day young women must not make excuses for our lack of accountability in the spaces we occupy. Only through solidarity, a formation of sisterhood and community can we start making breakthroughs. Sometimes the sacrifices we will have to make in this journey will come at […]

April 27, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance

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

South Africa: More than just Mandela’s ex wife

South Africa: More than just Mandela’s ex wife

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 6 April: As South Africa mourns the passing of veteran and anti-apartheid legend Winnie Madikizela-Mandela varying narratives of her roles in society as a freedom fighter, politician, a leader, a woman and mother have emerged in the media. An ENCA trailer when the news broke out called her the hero or […]

April 6, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Media | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender & Media

SA: From #hashtags to action in rural areas

SA: From #hashtags to action in rural areas

By  LuciaMakamure Johannesburg, 14 March: The 62nd Commission of the Status of Women (CSW62) is underway in New York under the banner “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas”. The annual conference comes hardly a week after International Women Day whose theme this year […]

March 14, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Media | Young Women Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Media

International Women’s Month 2018

International Women’s Month 2018

Johannesburg, 5 March: March is a month of unprecedented #PressforProgress for Women’s Rights. 1 March marked the anniversary of the #SheDecides campaign. 8 March is International Women’s Day. The 62nd annual Commission on the Status of Women meeting at the UN in New York from 12 -23 March will focus on rural women with a sub-theme on gender […]

Cyril, the purple shall govern

Cyril, the purple shall govern

Dear Mr President, As you wound up your State of the Nation address (Sona) last Friday, I was at the Jo’burg Theatre watching South Africa’s inspirational production of The Color Purple, Alice Walker’sheart-rending story about Celie, a young woman who emerges triumphant after being brutalised by incest, marital rape and verbal abuse. I wished you […]

February 23, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Politics Programs: News

Feminism’s got its groove back

Feminism’s got its groove back

By Colleen Lowe Morna, Tarisai Nyamweda and Lucia Makamure Johannesburg, 19 January 2018: Every dark cloud truly has a silver lining. January 20 last year witnessed the inauguration of Donald Trump, the most overtly racist and sexist US president in recent history. That sparked off the biggest women’s march ever a day later: over 400 […]

The Safe Haven Halfway Home – Mauritius

The Halfway Home is a temporary shelter for teenage girls who are homeless due to abuse and rejection from family members. The Home welcomes residents coming from the Rehabilitation Youth Centre (RYC) in Mauritius and other children shelters. Reaching the age of 18, these teenage girls are no longer under the responsibility of the Gender […]

Changing Lives – Stories of Safe Haven Halfway Home Residents

Below are the stories of our residents : Dola* our first resident is 18 years old originally from Terre Rouge. At 13 she started smoking synthetic drugs and ran away from her home. She was locked in the Rehabilitation Youth Centre (RYC) (children prison), for one year and as soon as she got out, she […]