Phenomenal Women

Join us in celebrating Women’s Month in August annually

Every year South Africans set aside the month of August not only to celebrate Women’s Month, National Women’s Day, and to pay tribute to women’s on-going achievements but more poignantly to acknowledge and support the many women who continue to face different forms of abuse and oppression every day.

There are many women who fight against this oppression, who rise above abuse and women who against all odds raise families and lead change in their communities and in our countries. Society often does not recognise the sacrifices women have made and continue to make every day, that not only make the world function but make it a better place.

Gender Links celebrates Phenomenal Women during August annually by publishing a special series of stories from across Southern Africa. The stories are published in an electronic newsletter sent out each week in August and running into September.

Gender Links invites viewers and visitors to join in celebrating Phenomenal Women, by posting comments, tributes, poetry and even audio visual & photographic materials on the Phenomenal Women page or on our Facebook page. Click here to view an interview with Catherine Burns (WISER) on rape. Watch an interview with Eusebius McKaiser, Author, broadcaster and political analyst. Click here to view the Phenomenal Fathers page. Audiences are also encouraged to interact and share progressive commentaries and opinion on Gender Link’s twitter handle – #Gender Links.

Read the tributes to phenomenal women by clicking on the articles below.

 

The power of the pen-Action For Development Building Citizen’s Resilience in Promoting Violence Free Families and Communities in Apac and Oyam Districts

”The power of the pen” is a publication which highlights stories of people who may have lost hope in humanity without the intervention of ACFODE  through community-based initiatives that positively impacted their lives and encouraged them to persevere in the promotion of peace in their homes and communities.

Queer and trans art-iculations: decolonising genders and sexualities in the global south

The special issue of Agenda arises from the exhibition intervention called queer and trans art-iculations. A colloquium held alongside the exhibition drew out the importance of art activism as a means to engage action around sexual orientation and gender identity. The issue contains visual essays and there are articles which interface with theoretical engagement with the art and articles that engage with art activism as a political practice. We are confronted with the need to expose the brutal violence of coerced sexual and gender identity.

Constance Bangani – Zimbabwe

Constance Bangani – Zimbabwe

Caroline Munjoma and I are the twin councilors of Chimanimani. In my position, I enjoy being at the forefront of development. I am now working with different partners like AREX, different NGO’s, police, health workers, different ministries, business men and chiefs. I have been able to work with many more stakeholders, since Gender Links taught us how to network.

Jean Yves Dasant – Mauritius

Jean Yves Dasant – Mauritius

Having attended this workshop, Dansant has gained knowledge, and has a broader understanding of gender concepts. He is now eager to embark on a new adventure, having acquired much information to share with his family, surroundings and customers. He is happy and satisfied having attended this seminar, and is very pleased with Gender Links’ work.

June 30, 2015
Programs: Phenomenal Women

Changing lives: Marie Flore Bezenarizanany – Madagascar

Changing lives: Marie Flore Bezenarizanany – Madagascar

The regional summit was again closed by a splendid gala dinner with beautiful decorations. The time for the announcement of the awards came. My heart began to beat very fast while seeing the winners receiving their trophies. Then, in GBV category, I heard my name announced with an English accent. I was so happy because I was the runner up in the category GBV and conflict resolution.

June 30, 2015
Programs: Phenomenal Women

Changing Lives: Unity Jaji – Zimbabwe

Changing Lives: Unity Jaji – Zimbabwe

The most important thing I learned is that if one tackles gender issues, we have tackled service delivery issues. From that perspective, Gweru has come a long way from being skeptical of taking gender issues seriously to making it central on our agenda.

South Africa: For an inclusive Women’s Month

South Africa: For an inclusive Women’s Month

Johannesburg, 30 August: Women’s month officially ends tomorrow, yet as I look back on August, I am left lamenting its frivolity and exclusivity. It is always a peculiar time in South Africa, where the significance of August is increasingly commercialised.

An advertising frenzy bombards us with low prices on lacey underwear or special offers at health spas, all in the name of to celebrating ‘superwomen’ across the country.

South Africa: A pillar of strength

South Africa: A pillar of strength

Cape Town, 30 August: As a young girl, my mother was already building her inner pillar of strength. The eldest daughter of two hardworking parents in a township with no resources, she had to step up and take care of her five younger siblings. To this day, they still have the deepest respect for her, and make no decisions without first consulting “Ou Sis.À

Botswana: Women wearing trousers denied access to Police Post

Botswana: Women wearing trousers denied access to Police Post

Gaborone, 30 August: Bokaa is a village located approximately 50 kilometres from Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. Like many other villages in Botswana, Bokaa has a chief commonly referred to in Setswana as Kgosi, and each chief has a traditional gathering place known as the Kgotla.

Traditionally, Setswana culture does not allow women and girls to enter the Kgotla wearing trousers or pants, and requires them to wear dresses and skirts. Most Batswana observe this rule with great respect and accept it as common cultural practice across the country.

Faraja Zawadi : quand l’exclusion devient force

Faraja Zawadi : quand l’exclusion devient force

Moqueries, injures, menaces de mort, étonnement et très peu d’admiration, c’était le lot quotidien de Faraja Zawadi, Congolaise de 22 ans, qui est la seule femme journaliste dans le village de Mugogo en territoire Walungu au Sud Kivu, province située Á  l’est de la République démocratique du Congo.

Margueritte Rasoanindriana a fait de l’éducation parentale sa spécialité

Margueritte Rasoanindriana a fait de l’éducation parentale sa spécialité

Margueritte Rasoanindriana, conseillère pédagogique Á  la retraite, ne chôme pas. Malgré son âge, elle continue la mission d’éducation qu’elle s’est fixée mais cette fois, sa cible privilégiée est les parents.

Lesotho: Victorious she remains

Lesotho: Victorious she remains

Maseru, 23 August: Every day, we marvel at women’s power, we marvel at how they seem to endure the turbulences of life, never giving up. We never stop marveling at the infinite endurance of our mother. Our father however did not do the same. He looked down on her because she was never “good enough.À He insisted he loved her, yet his desire for another woman was far stronger. He remained indifferent, knowing this tortured her, shattering her happiness, confidence and independence. Mom felt robbed of her position in her own family and often wondered if she ever mattered.