Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Lesotho: Period poverty affecting girls in rural areas

Lesotho: Period poverty affecting girls in rural areas

Poverty cited major driver as most skip school while on monthly periods Gerard Molupe Maseru, 17 June: The government is grappling with a high rate of abseentism from girl children in the rural areas of the country while they are on menstrual periods. This is primarily because these girls could not afford to buy the […]

June 17, 2019 Themes: Children | Gender equality | Poverty | Reproductive health Programs: News

Voice and Choice summits kick start in Southern Africa

Voice and Choice summits kick start in Southern Africa

Johannesburg, 4 June: Gender Links (GL) and the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance will host the #VoiceandChoice summits in Angola; Botswana; DRC; eSwatini; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mozambique  Namibia; Seychelles; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia and  Zimbabwe  from June to September 2019. Mauritius has already convened its national summit and announced its 14 winners .These country level […]

Learning, a non-ending journey

Learning, a non-ending journey

Year 2018 at Gender Links Mauritius has been an extraordinary year for me. Working with a reputed organisation locally and regionally has always been a dream come true. Looking back, I completed almost five years with GL Mauritius and the best part of it is that the learning never ends.   I must admit that […]

June 1, 2019 Themes: Care work | Children | Feminism | Young Women Programs: News Analysis

GL gives a cautious thumbs up to new SA cabinet

GL gives a cautious thumbs up to new SA cabinet

Johannesburg, 30 May: Gender Links (GL), welcomes the 50/50 cabinet and change in women’s minister announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday, but says he missed the opportunity to appoint a woman deputy President and restructure the women’s ministry. Announcing his long-awaited cabinet following the 8 May elections, President Ramaphosa proudly announced that South Africa has […]

Mauritius: La précarité menstruelle une réalité

Mauritius: La précarité menstruelle une réalité

Kovillina Durbarry Port Loius,26 Mai: Les Anglais ont débarqué, une visite de la tante, indisposition, lamer rouz, bref, les métaphores ne manquent pas pour parler tout simplement des règles. Enveloppé dans du papier journal, bien caché dans son sac, un sachet de serviettes hygiéniques ne coûte que Rs 30. Une bagatelle pour beaucoup de femmes, […]

May 29, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health Programs: VRC Clippings

SA: TV media has power to change attitudes on GBV

SA: TV media has power to change attitudes on GBV

By Colleen Lowe Morna and Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 24 May: In January a TV news channel reported a story about the police believing they had arrested a serial killer and rapist who had been terrorising residents of eMbalenhle in Mpumalanga for the past four years. The story relies on one source – the police officer. […]

May 24, 2019 Themes: Media Programs: Gender & Media | News | VRC Clippings

Lesotho: Fight to end child marriages rages on

Lesotho: Fight to end child marriages rages on

By Gerard Molupe Maseru, 10 May: There  is a disturbing trend of children who get married at the young age in Lesotho. This happens mostly in the rural areas of the country where poverty is rife. The Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Senior Programmes Officer Attorney Mohau Maapesa says they are also concerned […]

May 24, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children | Reproductive health Programs: VRC Clippings

Namibia: Schools urged to embrace CSE curriculum

Namibia: Schools urged to embrace CSE curriculum

By Linea Dishena THE education ministry has encouraged Namibians to embrace the introduction of the revised comprehensive sexual education (CSE) curriculum in schools. Revised in 2013, the CSE course is part of the life skills subject, and aims to give pupils in Grade 4 to Grade 12 the knowledge, attitudes, skills and values to make […]

May 23, 2019 Themes: Education | Reproductive health Programs: Gender Aware | VRC Clippings

Parents d’enfants LGBTQ: entre acceptation et rejet

Parents d’enfants LGBTQ: entre acceptation et rejet

By Marie Annick Savripene PortLouis, 19 May: Les lesbiennes, gay, bisexuels, trans et queer (LGBTQ) ont toujours existé. Sauf qu’ils ont longtemps vécu cachés, quand ils n’étaient pas contraints par leurs familles à se cantonner à des modes de vie ne correspondant pas à leur identité du genre. Maintenant que la norme est au coming […]

Malawi: Shortage of contraceptives hits women hard

Malawi: Shortage of contraceptives hits women hard

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Blantyre, 21 May:Thirty-year-old Doris Chikwina from Chigwaja village in Blantyre, Malawi is a very furious woman. She has just discovered that she is pregnant again. “I am fuming yet I am supposed to be happy with this bundle of joy news. But I am not. I did not expect this pregnancy. I […]

May 21, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health Programs: Gender & Media | VRC Clippings