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Malawi: Promoting Menstrual Health and Hygiene in prison

Malawi: Promoting Menstrual Health and Hygiene in prison

By Jane Changwanda, Chichiri, 27 November: It’s month end when most shoppers are loaded with cash but in Agnes Bauti`s* shopping basket, a resident of Mangochi, a resort town in the eastern region of Malawi, there are no sanitary pads. She is a mother of four including two adolescent girls. Bauti is living hard so […]

November 27, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy | Gender Justice

Tanzania: Teenage pregnancy threaten girls’ education

Tanzania: Teenage pregnancy threaten girls’ education

By John Namkwahe Arusha, 27 November: Coming from a poor family, Sarah* from Sekei in Arusha, Tanzania, this year dropped out of school due to pregnancy. “It was difficult to continue with studies because of my appearance,” explains the 13-year-old girl with a very small stature A story behind Sarah’s teenage pregnancy is being told […]

November 27, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | GBV | Health | Reproductive health | Sexual violence | Young Women Programs: Advocacy

ESwatini: SODV Act most comprehensive law on GBV

ESwatini: SODV Act most comprehensive law on GBV

By Sifiso Nhlabatsi Manzini, 26 November: As the Kingdom of Eswatini joins the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) in Eswatini has hailed the country for coming up with the most comprehensive law to curb gender based violence. CANGO is an umbrella body […]

November 26, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: 16 Days of Activism Campaigns | News

Cards stacked against women in Madagascar local elections

Cards stacked against women in Madagascar local elections

Antananarivo, 26 November:  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 the ruling party is likely to win. Currently women comprise a mere 8% of councilors. In a decree issued just before the […]

Eswatini: Beaten but not broken, a story of survival

Eswatini: Beaten but not broken, a story of survival

By Bongiwe Zwane A slap, an apology and an overseas trip – this was the normal order of things in her marriage. This went on for over a decade until she decided she couldn’t take it anymore and slowly weaved her way out and reclaimed her life. Accounting professional and mother of two girls, Lindiwe […]

Malawi battle against GBV is on track

Malawi battle against GBV is on track

By Joseph Kayira*  Lilongwe, 26 November 2019 – Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and government say the battle against Gender Based Violence (GBV) is on track with more people joining the conversation openly discussing the evils of any form of violence both at family and national level, but concede challenges prevail. Prominent gender activist and chairperson […]

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Press release Harare, 20 November 2019: Gender Links (GL) urges the Zimbabwe government to uphold the gender parity provisions of the Constitution following recent signs of back tracking. Section 17 of the 2013 Constitution says that ‘the State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society.” We note with concern the lack of gender balance […]

SAfAIDS Statement on International Men’s Day

SAfAIDS Statement on International Men’s Day

“International Men’s Day is designed to promote positive role models in society and develop wholesome individuals. When we make investments towards promoting individual and collective development of key groups in our respective communities, including men and boys, we are able to effectively address key challenges including high incidence of HIV infection, reproductive health challenges, sexual […]

November 19, 2019 Themes: Gender equality | HIV/AIDS Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender and governance | News

Call for stories on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Call for stories on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Call for innovative stories on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and training opportunity for the best entries – make your pitch by 21 November Synopsis Gender Links (GL) in its capacity as secretariat for the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance is calling for stories to be published as part of its series during the […]

Kenya: ICPD 25 summit ends with clear path forward

Kenya: ICPD 25 summit ends with clear path forward

Nairobi 14 November 2019 – The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 concluded today in the Kenyan capital, with partners making bold commitments to transform the world by ending all maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030. “The Nairobi Summit represents a renewed, re-energized vision […]