Alerts

Vacancy: African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

The Executive Director is responsible for all programmes and projects of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) including their conceptualisation, implementation according to FEMNET’s contractual obligations and internal policies and reporting on them.

May 10, 2011 Themes: Protocol Programs: About the Alliance

Lobbying for SADC Protocol in Botswana continues

The pressure is now building on the Botswana government to implement the SADC Protocol, including from both national and international bodies.

The Botswana Council of Non Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) is planning a nationwide tour to teach the public about the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.

BOCONGO Gender and Development Sector Coordinator Chigedze Chinyepi finds it necessary to take the Protocol to the public because the government wants to keep the people in the dark about what it stands for.

December 7, 2010 Programs: About the Alliance

The proposed Media Tribunal: Poverty and women’s economic empowerment

The proposed Media Tribunal: Poverty and women’s economic empowerment
“There can be no press freedom in South Africa until women’s voices are equally heard in the mediaÀ, is what Gender Links noted in a statement to mark National Press Freedom Day on 19 October.
This fact remains when one looks through a gender lens at the recent Protection of Information Bill which is a new piece of legislation currently being deliberated by the South African government.

The Bill is widely contested by civil society, academics, non-fiction writers and social movements arguing that, should it be passed, the Bill will give too much power to the government to classify or declassify controversial information. In other words, they feel it gives the ruling party the power to deem anything they like “unfit” for public consumption.

November 9, 2010 Programs: About the Alliance

Sandpit Billboard Alert

Sandpit Billboard Alert

The alerts and complaints project is an ongoing process with GEMSA to raise awareness of how media portrays women and stereotype them to push sales of merchandise.

June 28, 2010

Pride Mark advertisement over the top!

Pride Mark advertisement over the top!

Media Watch Organisation-GEMSA raised a complaint with Pride Mark over the advertising of sales in Mauritius. A model depicted in the advert “HOT HOT HOT SALES” from the 26th February to 14th March 2010 was barely dressed in a short skirt that she was unzipping and she has green fingernails.

June 28, 2010

Beijing Plus Fifteen Report

Beijing Plus Fifteen Report

The CSW Beijing Plus Fifteen Review conference (1-8 March 2010), was an opportunity to combine reflection on progress and challenges over the last fifteen years since the Beijing Platform for Action, with the opportunity to share ideas and experiences on ways forward among gender and women’s activists from around the globe.

June 22, 2010 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Advocacy | Beijing + 15 | Gender & Media

Where is South Africa zooming to? Wake up and smell the coffee from around Africa!

As a woman and South African with roots in many parts of the continent, the events of the last few weeks have filled me with a terrible sense of déjÁ  vu. I was born in Zimbabwe of South African parents who became involved in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle from the coalface of the Mozambican border. My husband is from Ghana. As a journalist for nearly two decades, I reported from several countries across Africa.