SA Elections 2009

GL said #ZumaMustGo in 2009

GL said #ZumaMustGo in 2009

The gender politics of leaders is a litmus test of their performance in government. Soon after President Jacob Zuma’s election in 2009, we wrote an open letter stating that Mr Zuma was not fit to lead. The Mail and Guardian carried the Open letter to JZ on women’s rights . GL supports marches organised by […]

Gender violence a rampant

Recent studies by Gender Links Botswana has revealed that ovr two thirds of women in Botswana (67) experience some form of gender violence in their life time.
The study says 44% of men admit to perpetrating violence against women . Roos van Dorp , Gender Links Program Officer told Global Post that while Botswana is doing enough to eliminate gender based violence , statistics still show that violence is still high and prevalent in the country.

South Africa: election coverage through a gender lens

South Africa’s April 2009 elections resulted in 45% women’s representation in Parliament, somewhat ironic given the fact that media coverage itself only featured 24% women sources and gender barely mentioned. Qualitative monitoring revealed numerous examples of gender stereotyping from the media, but also a wide range of positive coverage. Experience from the Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service demonstrates that a gender perspective can translate into unique stories interrogating issues of national interest to both women and men. As the key source of information for the electorate, it is important that media cover a broad rang of issues and perspectives, particularly related to the nation’s key priorities, and the priorities of both genders.

South Africa: women soar to new heights, but is gender equality in any closer?

South African elections on 22 April significantly increased the numbers of women in Parliament. It is evident that women played a leading role in the nation’s elections, including comprising 55% of voters. Yet, entrenching a culture of gender equality must go beyond the numbers, so that South Africa is able to meet all targets set in the Protocol on Gender and Development by 2015.

New political party putting “Women Forward”

A new women’s party has entered the fray of South African politics, hoping to give a voice to the nation’s women. Using next Wednesday’s election as a trial run for local government elections down the line, they may not be in it to win it, but they are providing a much needed platform for issues some say have been left off national agendas for far too long.

Zuma Told Me to Keep Merc – The Star

Zuma Told Me to Keep Merc – The Star

But reluctant transport minister returns gift anyway, to avoid “hassle”

Zuma: My Dream Team – Daily Sun

Zuma: My Dream Team – Daily Sun

Pictured are the new ministers of Jacob Zuma’s cabinet

Zuma First to Pledge Obedience As MPs Sworn In – The Star

Zuma First to Pledge Obedience As MPs Sworn In – The Star

Mood jovial despite boos from ANC members as new COPE MPs’ names called.

SA Elections 2009: Conduct at the polls and results

This series of articles discusses the role of women in both politics and elections.

Independent Democrats (ID) 2009 Elections Advert

The television advertisement for the 2009 South African elections features Independent Democrat leader Patricia de Lille stating that she is a politician, but also a mother. She says that she has been affected by crime, sees poverty as a priority, and is committed to accountable government and change in the country.