Advocacy

SAWID: Message of support for Barometer 2020

SAWID: Message of support for Barometer 2020

Ms. Colleen Lowe Morna and Members of the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance Please accept our warmest greetings and congratulations for organising this webinar launch of the 12 th edition of the SADC Gender Barometer #VoiceandChoice in the Time of COVID-19 at such an uncertain time in the life of our country. At a time of […]

SRHR services limited as COVID crisis continues

SRHR services limited as COVID crisis continues

By Thandeka Moyo Bulawayo, 23 April:  In  a few days time days time,  Langa Mthethwa will be due for a visit at Mpilo Central Hospital to get her Jadelle removed. The implant contraception has helped ensure she does not have unplanned pregnancies as she is struggling to fend for two boys with her measly teacher’s […]

SADC: Safeguarding women’s rights during Covid shutdown

SADC: Safeguarding women’s rights during Covid shutdown

By Colleen Lowe Morna and Susan Tolmay Johannesburg, 24 March:   As the coronavirus escalates its deadly journey across South Africa, the different effects on women and men are also becoming more apparent. Although men constitute more of those infected, women are much more likely to be the majority of those affected. According to the […]

April 10, 2020 Themes: Feminism | GBV | Health | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

UN Women Press statement New York, 7 April: With 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people are now sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19. It’s a protective measure, but it brings another deadly danger. We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women. As more countries report infection and lockdown, more […]

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 […]

February 21, 2020 Themes: Child Abuse | GBV | Health | Reproductive health | Sexual violence | Young Women Programs: Advocacy

Malawi: Promoting Menstrual Health in prison

Malawi: Promoting Menstrual Health 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 […]

January 30, 2020 Themes: Health | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy | Gender Justice

Malawi : Media’s role in addressing GBV and SRHR

Malawi : Media’s role in addressing GBV and SRHR

By Joseph Kayira Lilongwe, 6 December:– A social commentator says the media can foster a change in opinion and behaviour – driving major legislative and social change – when it comes to partnering with other players in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Often called the fourth estate, the media is also critical in […]

January 16, 2020 Themes: GBV | Media | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Media | GL Commentary Service

Zimbabwe: Engage religious groups in fight for SRHR

Zimbabwe: Engage religious groups in fight for SRHR

By Wallace Mawire Harare, 5 December : Women and girls in Zimbabwe’s apostolic religious sects are beginning to embrace modern forms of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services which were previously shunned, thanks to intensified engagement and dialogue with the church communities by concerned stakeholders. The Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust (AWET) in Zimbabwe is one stakeholder […]

January 13, 2020 Themes: Child Abuse | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy | Gender Justice

ESwatini: Engage men in the elimination of GBV

ESwatini: Engage men in the elimination of GBV

By Ncane Maziya, Mbabane, 11 December : “Sita ungamushayi, ungambulali umakwehlula mbuyisele ekhaya” (please don’t beat or kill her, if you had enough or tired of her take her back to her parental home) On 25 November which was the first day of the 16 Days of Activism, Times of Swaziland published a story  that […]

Zim: Do protection orders shield victims from GBV?

Zim: Do protection orders shield victims from GBV?

Gibson Mhaka Bulawayo, 9 December: IT was an emotional interview as 40-year-old Esnathy occasionally broke down as she narrated the story of her alleged abuse by her ex-husband. She started with a disclaimer. “I did not want this information to go public. This is because the man is very violent and would kill me once […]