Angola: Activists welcome lifting of gay ban

Angola: Activists welcome lifting of gay ban

Johannesburg 30 January: The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance welcomes the bold move by the parliament of Angola on 23 January to decriminalise same sex relations. “This is a victory not only for Angola, but for human rights in Southern Africa,” declared Emma Kaliya, Chair of the Alliance,  a network of 136 women’s rights organisations […]

Africa in Fact: Looking East: The Asian model

This edition of Africa in Fact questions whether the Asian model can be transposed onto Africa. GGA promotes good governance in Africa and Africa in Fact publishes articles from writers across the continent. As Africa reduces its dependence on aid and foreign direct investment continues to flood in, Asian economies look attractive. They top the […]

Angola: Women Represent 59.9 of Voters in 2017 Elections

Luanda — The representation of the woman with electoral capacity in the August 23 election represents 59.9 percent of the total number of voters, said the Angolan Secretary of State for Cooperation, Ângela Bragança. The official said so during a lecture on “Women and Elections in Africa”, adding that the electoral process should be a […]

June 11, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Gender Based Violence: Assessment of GBV in Lamwo and Pader Districts

Uganda women’s network is an advocacy and lobbying network of national women’s NGO’s and individuals, operating in Uganda.

The constraints facing women micro-entrepreneurs in Luanda

Women micro-entrepreneurs in Luanda constitute 47 percent of the people that are engaged as employees or as micro-enterprise owners in informal sector activities. These women have resorted to informal employment and businesses or micro-enterprises out of the necessity to sustain their families. They face significant poverty and seem to be trapped in subsistence activities. Using self-administered questionnaires, this research sought to determine the constraints that face women micro-entrepreneurs in Luanda. It was found that certain conditions and attributes of these women micro-entrepreneurs, such as their low levels of education, lack of cooperation amongst them, lack of access to credit despite the presence of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Luanda and bureaucratic requirements, prevent these women from enlarging their businesses. These constraints make them unable to generate significant income and hence they are trapped in poverty. This research can help policymakers in Luanda as well as microfinance institutions to devise ways to increase the viability of the women-owned micro-enterprises. It can also help these women owners of small businesses to adopt better ways of running their businesses in a sustainable way. The research is also a source of information that academics can draw on to develop new literature on the subject of poverty facing urban women running micro-enterprises.

Post-conflict transition and development in Sierra Leone a case for the transformative-justice model

The focus of this mini-dissertation is the Sierra Leone post-conflict transitional and development process. The civil war in Sierra Leone lasted some eight years before finally ending with the signing of the LÁ²me Peace Accord on 7 July 1999. This Accord outlined the post-conflict transitional instruments to be employed in Sierra Leone, namely an investigative truth commission and a legal tribunal referred to as the Special Court. After the completion of the mandates of these two instruments, many developmental gaps still existed in post-conflict Sierra Leonean society. This particularly applied to women who continued to suffer from widespread inequalities and discrimination. This thesis suggests that a model of transformative justice, which advocates an integrated approach to postconflict transitions and the development process in general, would better have served the needs of women in Sierra Leone.

International: Women in peace and gendered reinforcements

International: Women in peace and gendered reinforcements

Johannesburg, 20 September: Tomorrow is International Peace Day. The focus this year is peace education pledging, “to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.À

A recent Gender Links Study on the prevalence of violence against women (VAW) in the Limpopo province of South Africa found that more than half (57%) of women who had attended school said they had been sexually harassed at school or university. They referred to incidents where a teacher, principal or lecturer hinted or threatened that they would fail exams, get bad marks and that their schooling would be adversely affected, if they did not provide sexual favours.

O Livro da Paz da Mulher Angolana: As heroinas sem nome

Angola: Domestic Violence Act allows for third party reporting

Domestically abused women who are financially dependent on their abusers can now report the crime with the assurance that they will be able to get financial and medical support from the state, thanks to the country’s new law on domestic violence. Women’s campaigners have welcomed the introduction of the new law, which was signed into the statute books on the 8 July 2011. The Act criminalises domestic violence and offers protection to victims and their families.

Media reporting of mass sexual violence in war: Unintended consequences or structural flaw?

This paper analyses the issue of media reporting of violence against women in conflicts in Africa. It argues that media oversensationalisation of the experiences of sexual violence victims has served to further violate the rights of the women it is purporting to help. This invariably violates, even if inadvertently, their rights to privacy and dignity in the face of tragedy; reiterates stereotypical views of women as helpless and victimised; and sends a message to aggressors that their desired objective has been achieve.