Estimates and Projections of the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Namibia

This report presents a current understanding of Namibia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as future trends over the coming 5 years. It is intended that as more baseline and input data become available, the models employed to generate the various estimates will be rerun from time to time in order to update our understanding of the epidemic and its future course.

April 5, 2010 Themes: HIV/AIDS Programs: Booklet

Standing Up Against Gender Violence: Celebrating Activism

Gender based violence continues to be an issue of global concern. While some men experience violence in their lives, it is mostly women who continue to experience violence in their lives, and the most pervasive being that which their most intimate partners inflict on them in the privacy of their lives and homes. Although there has been an improvement in the number of women speaking out, most still suffer in silence as the violence goes unreported and un-redressed. Even when it is reported, it is not treated with the seriousness it deserves by the law enforcement agencies in the patriarchal set up of our societies. Such violence ends up having grave physical and psychological consequences on women as a group, and the communities they live in.

This volume of Isis-WICCE’s gender Forum series presents the papers that were read as part of the evening of celebration, as well as the sharing of some women who have been personally supported by Sylvia. We share them with you believing that they will inspire you in your advocacy to end all forms of violence against women in both private and public spaces.

Human rights are for everyone: why sex work should be decriminalised in South Africa

This booklet looks at the sex laws in SA as well as SA law and sex work. It looks at the difference between legalisation and decriminalisation of sex work. It also looks at the two main arguments for decriminalising sex work including the human rights argument and the public health argument.

March 24, 2010 Themes: Sex work Programs: Booklet | Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Natural resources, the Environment and Conflict

This report emanates from an exploratory study conducted in 2009 by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in collaboration with the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation. With a focus on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, the study solicited views and perspectives on the role that natural resources and the environment can play in complex conflict situations

March 24, 2010 Themes: Environment | War Programs: Booklet | Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Gender Mainstreaming, An Overview

Gender mainstreaming was established as a major global strategy for the promotion of gender equality in the Beijing Platform for Action from the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women […]

March 9, 2010 Themes: Gender equality | Xenophobia Programs: Booklet

Challenging Gender Dynamics in the Context of Culture

Since HIV was in 1981, a significant body of socio-behavioral research has emerged that attempts to provide deepened understanding of HIV in sociocultural contexts. Researchers since the 1900s have realized that in African contexts, HIV and AIDS are better understood not from a biomedical perspective but rather from sociocultural perspectives. Such perspectives have helped explain the unique characteristics of the African epidemic specifically: (a) the high rates of infection, (b) the disproportionate number of women infected and (c) the largely heterosexual transmission of HIV.

This annotated bibliography is intended to serve as a resource for project personnel as they plan and implement the project, and maybe used as a reference tool by other partners in the region, working within the area of gender and culture and HIV. The annotated bibliography presented here is not an exhaustive bibliography. An exhaustive bibliography would present infromation on all studies, projects, and programmes done inthe area of gender, culture, and HIV. An exhaustive bibligraphy is impossible to do due to the fact that not all studies, projects, and programmes are documented in a readily available form. This is therefore an exemplary bibliography. It highlights, in a general and representative sense, the research, projects and programmes that have been done, to date, around the issues of gender, culture and HIV.

The Employer’s Guidelines to the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, Act No.29 of 1998

This revised edition of The Employers Guidelines to the AA (Employment) Act, Act No. 29 of 1998, represents a further milestone on the path towards creating an equitable, balanced and productive employment regime in Namibia. Commendable progress has already been achieved in implementing the provisions of the Act in the relatively short time of its existence. Most relevant employers have given their willing cooperation in complying with the statutory requirements. Nevertheless, the majority of AA reports submitted to the Employment Equity Commission (EEC) in the past two years have contained various shortcomings, often reflecting a lack of understanding of certain aspects of the Act and their practical application.

December 17, 2009 Themes: Labour Programs: Booklet | Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Women and Gender Development Policy: United Republic of Tanzania

We are the Government: Analising the Underlying Fundamental Decentralization Programme Principles

The concept of the decentralization policy basically encourages people from regions, communities and chiefdoms, to assembly from time to time and conjure (strategize) methods of dealing with their day to day challenges. Moreover, the desired future that the community has in mind should be explicitly explained in order to attain that goal. To achieve this, all stakeholders involved should adhere to certain principles which will dictate whether the decentralization implementation will succeed or not. This booklet explains each of these principles.

Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland: Decentralization Policy – August 2006

The Kingdom of Swaziland provides for a set of legislative provisions and commitments for both the leadership and citizenry of the countyr to firmly hold on to the Principles of Good Governance and Democracy. Like the Constitution, the Decentralisation Policy enjoyed critical mass participation of the public and private sectors as well as the ordinary citizen in its generation and finalization. This has given the policy the national dimension required of a public policy that directly impacts on the lives of the public especially in the pursuit of national development goals and objectives as articulated in the National Development Strategy.

The implementation of the policy will be mainstreamed within the greater ambit of the Tinkhundla System of government and governance. To this end, this policy neatly dove tails in the fundamental principles of the Tinkhundla System as the latter is firmly rooted in grassroots civic participation in enhancing “even and balanced development of all regions and in particular improving the conditions of life in the rural and urban areas, and generally redressing any imbalance in development between the rural and urban areas”. The Decentralisation Policy therefore shall inform and guide the Kingdom of Swaziland public policy development and implementation.