Gender Justice

Daily Links, 5 December 2011

Violence against sexual minorities, Gender and Climate Change

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

Update from Durban: Recap of day four and updates from day five

Today’s gender and climate justice questions:

5 December 2011: 13.00 – 14.00 (SA Time) Violence against sexual minorities

Q: Is culture static or dynamic?
Q: How do you relate to people that are different from you in your community? People who’s practises and beliefs you are not familiar with?
Q: Do you know what the term LGBTI means? Are you aware of these people in your community?
Q: How are these people treated in your community? Why do you think this is so?
Q: Are you aware of any policies to protect the rights of LGBT people in your community?
Q: What do you think ought to be done to protect the rights of LGBT people in your community? Who should protect these rights? What role will you play?
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 inititatives 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?

French: Cyber dialogue summary for 2 December 2011

«Le harcelement sexuel c’est quand une personne subit des pressions repetees du fait de son sexe en termes de remarques sur son physique, des insinuations, des allusions , des comportements et actions a caractere sexuel » – Maurice

Ne jamais s’attaquer Á  plus faible que soi

Ne jamais s’attaquer Á  plus faible que soi

«C’est une affaire banale Á  l’origine qui a dégénéré en une violente dispute. D’habitude on associe la violence conjugale Á  une affaire de classe sociale et de pouvoir économique. Or, en prenant connaissance de mon histoire, vous verrez que le mal est encore plus profond.

L’incident a eu lieu au cours d’un mois de février, il y a quelques années de cela. Tout est parti d’une dispute dans ma voiture. Ce jour-la, ma femme voulait que je la dépose chez l’une de ses proches. Nous en avions convenu la veille. Mais Á  un moment, la situation a tourné au vinaigre. Ce qui était une simple dispute verbale a dégénéré et je me suis retrouvé faisant usage de la violence physique envers elle.

Celebrating a new generation of rights aware girls

Celebrating a new generation of rights aware girls

It’s almost the end of the day when, chatting with my work colleague Shuvai, she reminds me about an exciting debate the Gender Links’ Justice Programme is hosting the following day, 1 December, to commemorate World AIDS Day.

With so much to do during this period, to be honest the only reason why I agree to attend is that out of desperation for stories for my programme’s e-newsletter, the Roadmap to Equality.

Ile Maurice: Bâtir un mur pour contrer la violence basée sur le genre

Ile Maurice: Bâtir un mur pour contrer la violence basée sur le genre

Alors qu’on se targue de vivre dans une île Maurice moderne, où tout est un plaisir, de nombreuses Mauriciennes subissent encore la violence domestique au quotidien. Dans le cadre de la campagne 16 jours d’activisme contre la violence basée sur le genre, plusieurs initiatives ont été prises pour contrer ce fléau dont les statistiques indiquent qu’il est en hausse.

Unhappy in my marriage

Unhappy in my marriage

When I married, I was 20 years old and very much in love. My brothers warned me that he was not a good man, but I though they were jealous of him. As you know, when love is concerned we don’t like to listen to the truth. l stayed in an abusive marriage with him for seven years.

Safe spaces in higher learning

Safe spaces in higher learning

Most people imagine that universities and other institutions of higher learning are spaces where there is a concentration on cognitive development and where intellectual growth is taking place. After all, these are the places where young (and more mature) people are inducted into the sanctuary of teaching and learning of how to reason, to conduct research and take part in discourses and theories. The emphasis here is undoubtedly on the brain, a place to deliberate in the abstract and on the scientific. More often than not, there is no space for the body and the emotive.

Women with disabilities at higher risk of GBV, HIV/AIDS

Women with disabilities at higher risk of GBV, HIV/AIDS

Silvia Chungu,* now 14 years old, was born borne disabled in a village in Phalombe District, southern Malawi. When her father found out neither of her legs functioned properly, he divorced her mother just a few months after the baby girl’s birth. He married another woman after vowing that he could not be a father of a crippled child, saying someone else must have impregnated his wife.