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LGBTI+ people facing discrimination & GBV

LGBTI+ people facing discrimination & GBV

By Nazlee Arbee, Capetown, 3 July: Amid the COVID -19 pandemic, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual +(LGBTI+)people have been facing increasing stigmatisation, discrimination and violence as people are in lockdown with homoantagonistic families and communities. Over the last month, #AllBlackLivesMatter movements have erupted in the United States of America (USA), highlighting violence that pertains particularly to […]

Child marriages continue to threaten girls’ future

Child marriages continue to threaten girls’ future

By ‘Makuena Linake, Maseru, 30 June: – Arranged child marriages continue to occur in the Thaba Tseka district despite the call by the government for the practice to come to an end. Recently, a 15 year-old girl from Ha Mats’umunyane Thaba Tseka, was forced to marry a 24 year-old man on June 12 2020. She […]

Women keeping business alive through social media

Women keeping business alive through social media

By Jenifer Gilla, Dar es Salaam, 29 June: Ashura Athumani is one of few women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam who have started benefiting from the effective use of social media marketing to scale up their businesses. A mother of two is engaging in selling wedding gowns, and owning a beauty salon business in Gongolamboto […]

Put gender lens in fighting climate change

Put gender lens in fighting climate change

Gibson Mhaka Bulawayo, 29 June: The World Environment Day went unnoticed for Sibongile Zulu (56) from Sibombo Village in Lupane, which like other districts in Matabeleland North province, has suffered from increasing temperatures, uneven distribution and variability of rainfall and drought. Ironically, Zulu whose life is inextricably tied to the use of the environment for […]

SA fighting GBV crisis amid COVID-19 pandemic

SA fighting GBV crisis amid COVID-19 pandemic

Heightened violence against women is intimately intertwined with disaster situations including pandemics such as COVID -19 that the world is currently facing. South Africa is witnessing a spike in Gender Based Violence and Femicide with an increasing number of women being killed over the past 100 days .  In condemning the spate of killings of […]

Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire.

Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire.

By Vonjy Arisoa Antananarivo, 24 June: Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire. Selon les faits mondiaux, l’interruption des médicaments de ces patients est souvent la principale cause de leur fragilité. Pour éviter donc les risques de détérioration de leur santé, les traitements doivent se poursuivre. La […]

COVID-19 exposed girls in Tanzania to FGM

COVID-19 exposed girls in Tanzania to FGM

By Anne Robi, Dar es Salaam, 22 June: When Agnes (Not her real Name) heard of the school closure amid the outbreak of COVID 19, she felt uneasy going home, as it was a place she risked being involved in the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). “I never wanted to go because I knew […]

Media & Covid-19 experiences of female journalists

Media & Covid-19 experiences of female journalists

By Thabani Mpofu, Bulawayo, 22 June: Many stories have been written on the heightened and grave health risks faced by the health professionals, care givers, and other essential workers. But little attention has been given to the writers of these stories, the journalists, who are the eyes and ears of the public. Covid-19 pandemic presents […]

Women under-represented in COVID-19 response taskforce

Women under-represented in COVID-19 response taskforce

By Jenipher Changwanda Lilongwe, 22 June: Gender activists in Malawi are calling for equal representation of women and men in decision making process after President Peter Mutharika announced the restructuring of special cabinet committee on Covid-19 to a task force. Mutharika recently appointed a 21-member presidential task force of which four are women, representing 19 […]

Foodflows providing food to vulnerable communities

Foodflows providing food to vulnerable communities

By Palesa Motsumi, Capetwon, 19 June, In this jolting precarious time, we have witnessed catastrophic shifts in the economy and in our society, posing a threatening shortage of essential goods supplied by the agricultural sector. A recent article published by Brookings, a public policy organization, cited a range of factors that cause the devastating recurring […]