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SADC: Protect women & girls from harmful practices

SADC: Protect women & girls from harmful practices

Dr. Makanatsa Makonese, Johannesburg, 7 January: Southern African has been struggling to end harmful cultural practices that impact women and girls’ (and often boys and men’s) rights, health and well-being for a long time.  These practices include early, forced and child marriages, forced widow inheritance, female genital mutilation and sexual intercourse between fathers-in-law and newly […]

Madagascar: Près d’un millier d’enfants victimes de viol depuis janvier

Madagascar: Près d’un millier d’enfants victimes de viol depuis janvier

By Vonona Rakotondratsimba, Antananarivo, 27 November: La situation est alarmante. Même les plus petites ne sont pas épargnées. Face à ces actes infâmes « J’ai juste été meurtrie » déplore Mialy Rajoelina, la première Dame du pays et présidente de l’association Fitia. Une fois de plus, une jeune fillette de 02 ans décède à Toliara, suite au […]

Jail rapists for life, women in media urge

Jail rapists for life, women in media urge

By Joseph Kayira Blantyre, 6 November 2020 – The Association for Women in Media (AWOME) in Malawi, has demanded that rapists should be jailed for life following increased cases of rape and defilement in the country. The calls follow a gruesome defilement of an 11-year-old girl in Chikwawa, a district in southern Malawi a fortnight […]

Voice and Choice Barometer launched in Namibia

Voice and Choice Barometer launched in Namibia

For immediate release Windhoek, 3 November 2020: The SADC Gender Protocol Alliance members and Gender Links Namibia launched the #VoiceandChoice 2020 SRHR Barometer in the time of COVID-19. The launch took place at the Government Information Centre. The Executive Director of Ministry of Health Ben Nangombe officially launched the Barometer and Gender Links Chair Person […]

Voice and Choice Barometer launched in Madagascar

Voice and Choice Barometer launched in Madagascar

Antananarivo, 9 November 2020: The SADC Gender Protocol Alliance members and Gender Links Madagascar launched the #VoiceandChoice 2020 Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) Barometer in the time of COVID-19. The launch took place at Le PAVE Restaurant Hotel. Dr Rabetaliana Rova, the Director General for the Promotion of Women, from the Ministry of Population, […]

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