16 Days of Activism Campaigns

English: Cyber dialogue summary for 5 December 2011, Gender and climate change

“I’ve met a lot of the Tanzanian delegation (at COP 17) and they are very positive about our continent and hopeful about the adaptation fund, we really need that money to solve the climate change problems.À À“ Tanzania

L’impact du changement climatique pèse lourd sur les épaules des femmes malgaches

L’impact du changement climatique pèse lourd sur les épaules des femmes malgaches

La conférence sur le changement climatique Á  Durban a suscité de nombreux espoirs, notamment en Afrique où l’on attend des solutions pour faire face aux séquelles de ces bouleversements.

Madagascar n’en est pas une exception. Selon une dernière enquête publiée par le World Wildlife Fund, Madagascar est le troisième pays le plus vulnérable au monde par rapport au changement climatique. Ce pays encourt des risques majeurs car les activités agricoles restent les plus exposées au climat et tout changement, que ce soit l’arrivée tardive de la pluie ou la sècheresse, bouleverse le calendrier agricole.

Daily Links, 6 December 2011

The role of men and boys, Gender and Climate Change

6 December 2011: 12.30 – 13.00 (SA Time) Gender and Climate Change

Q: Who are the decision makers in climate change policy?

Q: How can these decision makers begin to integrate gender elements into climate change discussions?

6 December 2011: 13.00 – 14.00 (SA Time) The role of men and boys

6 December 2011: 13.00 – 14.00 (SA Time) The role of men and boys

Q: Are men always perpetrators of gender violence?

Q: What roles can men play in activism against gender violence?

Q: Are there any men gender champions in your community? What have they done for gender equality and justice?

Q: What initiatives do you know of that are being can be undertaken to protect young boys from gender violence? What else can be done?

Q: What role will you play?

Quote of the day_6 December 2011

We cannot reverse the social decay in which men are caught unless we take deliberate action to inculcate different values in our boys. And here schools, churches, mosques and the family unit have an important role to play – Mbuyiselo Botha, South Africa.

When it happens at a gender activist’s door during 16 Days

When it happens at a gender activist’s door during 16 Days

It’s 5.30 in the morning, still blurry-eyed I sit up to feed my nine month old daughter who is busy cooing as she attempts to utter her first few words. It is the beep on my phone that fully awakens me and I curse at how information technology has revolutionised the way we live. People can even enter your bedroom.

Boys’ sexual assault by women

Boys’ sexual assault by women

When Mixo* was a boy growing up in Limpopo, a woman who lived in a nearby hut would call one of the boys playing outside to come and see her. The first time she called him, she asked the boy to take off his pants. Afraid, he ran away. But after some of his friends came out boasting about having sex, he got curious. The next time she called, he also had sex. Mixo was 10-years-old at the time.

Teenage fathers need support

Teenage fathers need support

My son turned “free!” – his word – not mine in August this year. As I reflect on that Saturday three years ago when he came into the world at quarter past three in the afternoon, weighing in at 2,9 kilogrammes and measuring 49 centimetres long, I marvel at the challenges, joys and fears that have characterised my life in this new role. You see, I stopped being only a man that day, I became a father.

Guérir de l’alcoolisme ne suffit pas pour être tolérant envers sa femme

Guérir de l’alcoolisme ne suffit pas pour être tolérant envers sa femme

« Je m’appelle Rajen. J’ai 43 ans. Je suis marié Á  une femme de 38 ans qui m’a donné quatre fils. Pendant 12 ans, j’ai erré comme un chien dans tous les coins du pays et on me retrouvait souvent allongé sur la route Á  côté d’un restaurant ou d’une taverne. L’alcool, c’était ma télé, ma femme, mes enfants, c’était ma vie. Je ne vivais que pour cela. Je travaillais comme maçon et tout mon salaire finissait dans les bars. J’étais souvent malade. J’avais des problèmes de foie et également des troubles psychologiques liées évidemment Á  la consommation abusive d’alcool.