Research and monitoring

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

As Madagascar gears up for local elections tomorrow every indication is that women’s representation is likely to decline as there are no female candidates fielded in the major cities where […]

November 26, 2019 Themes: Local Government | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | News

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais A Gender Links Moçambique realizou nos dias 11-16 do mês de Setembro, uma formação que reuniu jornalistas e membros de partidos […]

November 13, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Media | Gender, Media and Elections | Women in Politics

Political parties sidestep violence against women

Political parties sidestep violence against women

Political parties in South Africa lack concrete strategies to address violence against women, a problem facing a huge number of their constituents and a significant challenge to the country’s development. This was the message to political party representatives at a debate organised by Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, Women’sNet and the Political Studies Department of Wits University earlier this month in Johannesburg. The debate challenged political parties to explain to voters ahead of the 22 April elections concrete measures they plan to combat rape and domestic violence.

Women can be down like animals- in Mauritian elections

During the May 2010, election in Mauritius an alert was raised on the disturbing language and imagery used by the leader of the opposing coalition, Mr Paul Berenger: “Ramgoolam envoie des femmes a l’abbatoir” translated as “Ramgoolam sending women to be put down like animals”, when referring to his opponent, the leader of the ruling party and Prime Minister’s, decision to nominate 13 female candidates in constituencies where the opposing coalition was strong.

June 30, 2010

GMMP

GMMP

GEMSA participated in the Fourth Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) 10 November 2009. It was a special day for groups in 130 countries who gathered to monitor their news media and GEMSA chapters in the Southern African Region.
After months of planning, preparations and training, they brought the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) to life. The groups monitored news on major media outlets selected on the basis of reach, density and diversity.

June 7, 2010

Malawi needs to step up gender equality

In just a month, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development will mark its first anniversary, a year since most of the region’s leaders signed the document in August 2008, committing to 23 different targets towards gender equality À“ including 50/50 in decision-making. Yet, elections held across the region since the historic signing show mixed progress to making this target a reality

Open letter to JZ on women’s rights

Dear President-elect Jacob Zuma

As I write this letter to you, I am looking at the invitation to your inauguration on Saturday 9 May. I must say that I have never felt so ambivalent before about being invited to an event at the Union Buildings. Maybe I am just shocked that I even made it onto the guest list. I would not rank up there with Jonathan Shapiro (or Zapiro) as one of your most prominent detractors (I see the shower head is to remain in his cartoons..) but I certainly have been a vocal critic.

VOX POPS: What makes a good leader?

VOX POPS: What makes a good leader?

Citizens on the streets of Johannesburg were posed with the question – What do you think makes a good leader ?

Questioning South Africa’s leaders

I always fall into a debate with my aunt, every time I go home to see my family at Makosha village outside Giyani; and this time around was no different. It started when I asked her if she had registered to vote.

New political party putting “Women Forward”

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.

Gender parity in politics is a far cry from equal rights for women

Women’s representation in parliament is set to increase from 33% to 45% in this week’s polls, putting South Africa among the top ten countries in the world on this score and placing us well in line to meet the regional target of gender parity in politics by 2015.

LGBTI community want more from leaders

The gay community came face to face with the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) and opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA), questioning the parties’ policies regarding LGBTI issues, prior to the 22 April South African presidential elections.