Use of data

A few facts about sexual and Gender based violence (SGBV)

Worldwide, an estimate of 40 to 70 percent of homicide of women is committed by intimate partner, often in the context of an abusive relationship. Around the world at least one in every three women has been beaten coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Trafficking of humans worldwide grew almost 50% 1995 to 2000 and the international migration (IOM) estimate that as many as é million women are trafficked across borders annually.

Feminist view of gender budgeting in Zimbabwe

Allocating enough resources to women’s empowerment endeavours at national level is one important step to achieving gender equality in a country. It is imperative for government to have a gender responsive budget to adequately address the different needs of women and men. This media highlight analyses a newspaper article that critiques the national budget allocation in Zimbabwe from a gender perspective. The critique traces the budget process since 2007 when the Zimbabwe government adopted a gender budgeting and women’s empowerment strategy.

Feminist View of Gender Budgeting in Zimbabwe

Budgeting is perhaps one of the most fundamental aspects in the life of a human being, organisation or country. Budgets are an element of an organization’s financial management that addresses the overall fiscal integrity of an organization and is an ongoing process. Budgeting entails the allocation of resources equitably and efficiently. This piece places its view on the allocation of the pending 2012 national budget towards women’s activities in Zimbabwe in light of the fact that for the past 30 years or more, women issues in national been ignored or seen as insignificant. However the truth of the matter is that the importance of women in the contemporary society is all too evident albeit their low numbers in positions of decision-making. Even the ordinary woman is burdened with a lot of challenges which need to be catered for. As such it is of essence that national budgets do have a vote that is solely directed to the activities of women specifically because the very existence of nations is attributed to efforts and contributions of the millions of women worldwide.

Double tragedy for rape victim – The Sunday Mail

As she crawls out of her dirty thread-bare blanket, her HIV ravaged skeleton frame, hardly strong enough to sustain her, quickly gives in. Eighteen year old Miriam Mwadzipura falls back to her floor bed made up of an old sack and another tattered blanket. Her negligible weight is even too strong for her little frame; she cannot carry it anymore. Her mother, 64 year old Mrs. Sophia Kuzvishandira tries to help but her effort yields nothing. Miriam requests that she narrates her ordeal while lying down and eventually summons all her energy and sits on the bench moulded around the hut.

Criminals target women and children-The Times

Though South Africa’s overall crime statistics have decreased for the second consecutive year, women and children are still among the hardest hit by violet crime. While violence against women and children has been declared a priority by the police, statistics show that there was a 5.6% increase in the number of women murdered last year.

Aids drugs are capable of reducing risks of HIV infection- Sowetan

London: Aids drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples, two studies conducted in Africa showed for the first time yesterday.
The findings add to growing evidence that the type of medicines prescribed since the mid 1990s to treat people who are already sick may also hold the key to slowing or even halting the spread of the sexual transmitted disease.
The research involving couples in Kenya,Uganda and Botswana found that giving daily Aids drugs reduced infection rate by an average of at least 62% when compared with placebo.

Lesotho’s gender accolade – Public Eye

Lesotho has been showered with accolades and received international acclaim for ensuring gender equality.This is phenomenal for a country that has a nasty history of gender disparities that have been excerbated by rigid cultural beliefs and practices.For Lesotho to have progressed so fast and counted among countries of the world in the race of gender-equality is beyond measure.
Lesotho was at number 8 in thev global rankings of 134 countries in the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report for 2010.The country also came at number 1 out of 25 countries which make up the sub-saharan cluster.Seen fro the perspective of polictical will,it is not suprising that Lesotho has achieved this mark given the political commitment that has been shown towards bridging gender gaps that have existed decades.
Lesotho’s political leaders have take a bold step towards removing the gender disparities that have been existence for decades.This achievement affirms Lesotho’s commitment to achieving Millinium Development Goal Three-that of ensuring gender equality.By putting gender on the agenda.Lesotho scores high on this MDG.

Why do we blame the girls- Cape Times

We right in response to a furry of media coverage including e.tv’s episode of Third Degree entitled “Killer moms” (February 8) and statements by several government officials calling for harsh steps to betaken against claims of increasing teenage pregnancies and cases of “baby dumping”.

These stories and statement s have had strongly moralistic undertones, echoing the alarm that seems to arise in every adult generation. They bemoan what is seen as inappropriate sexual behaviour by teenagers and women, and seek to address behaviour through prohibition and moral outrage.

Rape trial of teacher postponed as more girls lay charges- Cape Times

The serial rape case against a Khayalitsha traditional dance teacher has been postponed for the state to add two more complaints.

Prosecutor Emma Mahamose told the Khayalitsha Regional Court yesterday that a total of ten girls have now lodged rape complaints.

It is the State’s case that Mlulami Gagu,42, raped the girls, aged 5 to 12, after classes at different venues including a church.

48 women raped each hour in DRC – The Star

The Democraric Republic of Congo has been called the worst place on earth to be a woman. A study released this week shows its even worse than previously thought: 1 152 women are raped every day, equal to 48 an hour. The rate is 26 times more than the previous estimate of 16 000 rape reported in one year by the UN.