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Laws are in place, but the system still fails women

Laws are in place, but the system still fails women

Despite the good policies and laws on the books in Southern African countries to eradicate Gender Based Violence (GBV), violence against women continues at alarming rates. Panellists and ministers speaking at the opening session of the third annual Gender Justice and Local Government summit in Johannesburg Monday (April 23), noted that women’s access to justice breaks down because often systems are not in place or, those working in the police and other sectors fail to administer the law in favour of women.

Women must move beyond the “kitchensÀ and “maternity wardsÀ

Women must move beyond the “kitchensÀ and “maternity wardsÀ

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development has created a regional platform for linking gender equality and women’s empowerment to national development, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Dr Ignatious Chombo, said Monday at the official opening of the third Local Government and Gender Justice Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Minister Chombo applauded leaders in Southern Africa for putting in place the legally binding instrument, which creates an even playing field for women, men, boys and girls; and, he affirmed Zimbabwe’s commitment to achieving the 28 targets of the Protocol adopted in 2008. Zimbabwe has signed and ratified the SADC Protocol.

Violence against women at “crisisÀ levels, South African minister says

Violence against women at “crisisÀ levels, South African minister says

The South African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, Monday called for Southern African countries to develop a comprehensive, holistic and integrated approach to end gender-based violence (GBV). In her keynote address to the opening session of the third annual Gender Justice and Local Government Summit, Minister Xingwana, added that countries must continue to focus on the links between HIV and AIDS and GBV in strategies for prevention, response and support.

A Maurice, les élections municipales et villageoises Plus de chance pour la femme

A Maurice, les élections municipales et villageoises Plus de chance pour la femme

Les prochaines élections municipales et villageoises Á  Maurice s’annoncent plutôt optimistes ; surtout aux yeux de tous ceux militant pour l’égalité des genres. Pour raison : la New Local Government Act de 2011(la nouvelle loi régissant les collectivités locales, et proclamée le 15 décembre 2012) donne droit Á  plus de participation féminine lors des élections au sein des municipalités et des conseils villageois. A noter que la Constitution a dÁ» être modifiée dans ce sens. En effet, la section 11 de ladite loi, sur l’élection des conseillers municipaux, stipule que tout group présentant plus de deux candidats dans un arrondissement électoral doit s’assurer Á  ce que tous ses candidats ne soient pas du même sexe. La section 12 indique, pour sa part, que tout group présentant plus de deux candidats Á  une élection de conseillers villageois doit s’assurer Á  ce que deux-tiers de ses candidats ne soient pas du même sexe. Ce qui implique, dans les deux cas, que les femmes ont légalement plus de chance Á  être candidate aux élections des collectivités locales.

Low representation of women in councils may affect service delivery

Low representation of women in councils may affect service delivery

Although the representation of women in Parliament and local government fell far below the SADC Gender Protocol target of 50/50 in Zambia’s last general elections, the country’s local government association and civil society continue to put gender equality and women’s empowerment at the centre of the local councils’ agenda. Women won only 5.9% of the councillors’ seats in the September 2011 elections, a 1% decrease from the previous election in 2006. However, Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) Executive Secretary, Morris Mbolela, said in an interview that although women’s representation is low, there is hope in the initiatives of civil society organisations in collaboration with government to mainstream gender in local councils.

Pluie de trophées Á  Johannesburg

Pluie de trophées Á  Johannesburg

La soirée de remise de trophées du quatrième Sommet sur le Genre et les Médias a livré ses secrets vendredi soir au Birchwood Hotel de Johannesburg. Dix sept journalistes ont été récompensés pour des sujets allant de la xénophobie aux mutilations génitales féminines. C’est la reconnaissance d’un travail basé sur leurs capacités Á  intégrer le genre dans la couverture médiatique locale.

October 18, 2010 Themes: Media Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media

It’s raining awards in Johannesburg

It’s raining awards in Johannesburg

The fourth Gender and Media Summit Awards in Johannesburg have honoured 17 journalists on issues ranging from xenophobia to female genital mutilation, recognising media practitioners based on their ability to mainstream gender issues into local reporting.

October 15, 2010 Themes: Media Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media

Social media redefining communication in SADC

Social media redefining communication in SADC

The power to define and control messages and ideas has shifted from opinion leaders, government and the mainstream media to individuals and communities through the active and increased use of social media, according to a new media expert.

October 15, 2010 Themes: Media Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media

Aborto clandestino e etica jornalistica

Aborto clandestino e etica jornalistica

Este caso da adolescente identificada em Noticias nos convida a uma reflexao profunda sobre o que efectivamentequeremos que o nosso pais seja. O caso desta jovem e apenas um de tantosque acontecem todos os dias.

October 15, 2010 Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media

Gender Links launches new media platforms

Gender Links launches new media platforms

Gender Links Deputy Director Kubi Ruma announced this week that the organisation’s new social media platforms are officially live.

October 15, 2010 Themes: Education | Media Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media

Le genre dans la régulation des médias: la RD Congo donne l’exemple

Le genre dans la régulation des médias: la RD Congo donne l’exemple

La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) est l’un des pays de la Communauté de Développement de l’Afrique australe (SADC) qui a réussi Á  intégrer le genre dans sa loi suprême, c’est-Á -dire sa Constitution. Les autorités congolaises ont même fait leur instance régulatrice des médias, la Haute Autorité des Médias (HAM), demander l’aide de Gender Links pour l’élaboration d’un code d’éthique sur le genre. Ce qui en fait une loi spécifique.

October 15, 2010 Themes: Media Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media

Women’s lives to tell, not to exploit

Women’s lives to tell, not to exploit

If anybody has ever wondered why Gender Links and like-minded organisations place a watchful eye on the media, the answer was made clear this week. While over one hundred advocates of gender equality took stock of the media at the GEM Summit, a Mozambican newspaper demonstrated why this gathering is necessary.

October 15, 2010 Themes: Media Programs: GEM Summit and Awards | Gender & Media