SADC Protocol on Gender and Development

South Africa: Debate on 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

South Africa: Debate on 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

Parliamentary remarks by LL Van der Merwe
Year after year, we repeat the same issues. We raise the same concerns. We highlight the same worrying facts. And year after year, between debates, we are confronted with countless, horror stories of abused women and children.

Malawi: Campaign for Female Education in Malawi Calls for Change of Mindset to Keep Girls in School

Malawi: Campaign for Female Education in Malawi Calls for Change of Mindset to Keep Girls in School

Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) in Malawi has indicated that although various organizations were coming up with interventions to help the girl child proceed with education, mindset and poverty were still hampering the process of uplifting girls’ education.

Statement from the SADC and UN women symposium on gender, peace and security 29 – 30 October 2015

Statement from the SADC and UN women symposium on gender, peace and security 29 – 30 October 2015

We government and civil society partners meeting in Johannesburg for the Symposium on, Women Peace and Security are committed to consolidate peace, security and development in the SADC region. With this statement we are demonstrating our collective intent to advance the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and to accelerate momentum for further progress.

SADC Protocol on Gender, Development Review Starts

SADC Protocol on Gender, Development Review Starts

The process towards the review of the protocol has been initiated following a regional meeting held in South Africa, from 26-28 October. The meeting’s objective was to revise the protocol targets and align text with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

16 Days of Activism campaign kicks off

16 Days of Activism campaign kicks off

Despite the significant strides made in the SADC region to respond to gender violence, it remains one of the most flagrant violations of human rights and impediments to equality between women and men in Southern Africa.

Namibia: Govt Scraps Exam Fees for Secondary Education

Windhoek – Namibia has scrapped examination fees for pupils sitting for junior and senior secondary school certificates and it would be effective until 2016, Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.

Woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes nearly halved over 25 years – UN report

Woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes nearly halved over 25 years – UN report

Maternal mortality has fallen by 44 per cent since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank reported today, giving fresh impetus to efforts to reach by 2030 the virtual elimination of women’s chances of dying from pregnancy-related causes as part of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Africa: African Women Are Among the Most Hardworking, but Least Privileged in Terms of Income and Opportunities

Africa: African Women Are Among the Most Hardworking, but Least Privileged in Terms of Income and Opportunities

Four papers focusing on gender, poverty and inequality received considerable attention, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the 10th African Economic Conference in Kinshasa, as they highlighted constraints and proposed solutions regarding women’s financial inclusion and empowerment, as well as to their access to land.

Tanzania: These women came, saw and conquered

Tanzania: These women came, saw and conquered

The just concluded General Election gave Tanzania among other things the first female Vice President, Samiah Hassan Suluhu. The outgoing Parliament’s Speaker Anne Makinda was among few women in the country holding big government positions.

Seychelles: My manifesto is about putting the Seychellois people first – Alexia Amesbury

Seychelles: My manifesto is about putting the Seychellois people first – Alexia Amesbury

The 2015 Presidential Election in Seychelles will be seeing for the first time a female candidate.

Lawyer Alexia Amesbury, leader of the “Seychelles Party for Social Justice and Democracy” (SPSJD), a party which was formed earlier this year is partnering with Roy Fonseka as running mate for the upcoming polls.