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Seychelles: Addressing teenage pregnancies

Seychelles: Addressing teenage pregnancies

By Laura Pillay Addressing teenage pregnancies through Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and making contraception available to teenagers The rate of teenage pregnancies in the Republic of Seychelles, has increased steadily over the years. Despite the inclusion of sexuality education in the school curriculum under the Personal, Social and Citizenship Education (PSE) programme, the small island […]

July 17, 2019 Themes: Unemployment | Young Women | Youth Programs: News

Seychelles: Where are we on promoting LGBTI rights?

Seychelles: Where are we on promoting LGBTI rights?

By Laura Pillay May 17, 2016, International Day against Homophobia, was symbolic for LGBTI+ in Seychelles as the Republic of Seychelles joined the list of countries to decriminalise same sex acts, under the administration of former President James Michel. Prior to decriminalisation, Section 151 of the Penal Code banned same-sex intercourse between males, categorising it […]

June 30, 2019 Themes: Justice system | Sex roles | Sexuality Programs: News | Portrayal

Soiree Culturelle et remise de trophees

Soiree Culturelle et remise de trophees

Sommet national sur la mise en œuvre du protocole de la SADC sur le Genre et le Développement « VOIX ET CHOIX », du 21-22 Juin 2019 à l’Hôtel le Pavé Antaninarenina, Antananarivo, Madagascar   « Action locale pour un agenda fort en 2030 en Afrique Australe » Le septième « Sommet national sur la mise en œuvre du protocole […]

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

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 […]

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

Fight for LGBTIQ community’s rights resurface

Fight for LGBTIQ community’s rights resurface

Malawi: From Australia to Malawi issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex and Queer/ Questioning (LGBTIQ) community could be the same. In Australia a deeply religious 30-year old rugby player Israel Folau, found himself in hot water over his anti-gay comments. He posted on social media that “hell awaits homosexuals”. It cost him his […]

May 13, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | LGBTI | Reproductive health | Sex roles Programs: News | Perspective

Malawi: Putting MGDS III Under gender microscope

Malawi: Putting MGDS III Under gender microscope

Malawi: Last year, Malawi launched the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III (MGDS III). When government distributed the signed 215-page book to all who attended the launch ceremony, everyone rushed to the office or home and peruse the pages mainly the chapters they were interested in. MGDS III is a national development blueprint and Malawi’s […]

May 9, 2019 Themes: Agriculture | Economics | Education | Gender equality | ICT's Programs: News

Child marriages: Is prosecution the answer?

Child marriages: Is prosecution the answer?

Malawi: 08 May 2019, A constitutional amendment of 2017 in Malawi may have raised the age of marriage from 16 to 18 for both boys and girls but child marriages are still rampant, a development that has compelled some rights activists to call for stiffer penalties including jail terms for executors of child marriages. A […]

May 8, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children | Sex roles | Young Women Programs: News

Mauritius: Poor SRHR services in hospitals

Mauritius: Poor SRHR services in hospitals

By Sheistah Bundhoo Port Louis, 18 April : On 28 March 2019 I was diagnosed with menorrhagia; a state of prolonged menstrual bleeding characterised by heavy blood flow and abdominal cramps by a private doctor and was advised to go to Jawaharlal Nehru Public Hospital in Rose Belle for medical tests. I had never been […]

April 18, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health | Young Women Programs: Events vs Issues | News