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Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gaborone, 8 November: With just two elections until 2030, the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the representation of women in the Botswana parliament has increased by just one percentage point from 10% to 11%. A paltry seven women have made it to the Botswana Parliament following the general elections held […]

November 8, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance | News

Madagascar: Des jeunes filles en détresse

Madagascar: Des jeunes filles en détresse

Dur d’avoir ses règles à un jeune âge. Bénéficier de l’hygiène menstruelle demeure encore un luxe pour bon nombre de jeunes filles. A l’exemple des Communes rurales de la région Boeny, nombreuses d’entre- elles ne disposent pas de tissus ni de serviettes hygiéniques. Pis, elles utilisent les feuilles pour éviter que le sang s’infiltre sur […]

November 7, 2019 Themes: Gender equality | Human Rights Programs: Opinion

SADC: Winding road towards Nairobi ICPD25

SADC: Winding road towards Nairobi ICPD25

By Sifisosami Dube Johannesburg: The Programme of Action agreed by 179 governments in 1994 was a huge milestone towards realising population, development and well-being. Twenty-five years down the line there are strides that have been made worldwide in achieving Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). These include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) principle of ‘leaving […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: GBV | Gender equality | Health | Human Rights | Young Women Programs: Opinion

Global: Inequality at the centre of climate change crisis

Global: Inequality at the centre of climate change crisis

By Sifisosami Dube New York, 27 September: “The longer we wait, the harder it will be to turn the climate crisis around,” these were the words of Greta Thunberg a young climate activist ahead of the UN General Assembly climate action summit. It has taken this Swedish teenager, to knee jerk the world’s leaders from […]

September 27, 2019 Themes: Climate Change | SADC Protocol on Gender and Development Programs: News

Zambia:Taboo surrounding abortion leads to death

Zambia:Taboo surrounding abortion leads to death

By: Dorothy Chisi YVONNE Mwanza (25) now, discovered she was pregnant at 16 in her first month in her final grade. Both Yvonne and her boyfriend were not ready as they were still pursuing their education in the same grade. Yvonne explained that knowing he family she was coming from, she would be told to […]

September 18, 2019 Themes: Health | Human Rights | Reproductive health | Young Women | Youth Programs: Health | News

Namibia Voice and Choice Summit promotes equality

Namibia Voice and Choice Summit promotes equality

Namibia Voice and Choice Summit and Awards 2019 will be launched on the 7th of August 2019 at Protea Hotel Thuringerhof. The Summit runs under the hashtag #VoiceandChoice. The aims and objectives of the summit are; To gather evidence on #VoiceandChoice through case studies on action, leadership and institutional practise. To acknowledge and affirm survivors […]

Mauritius: The flu of misogyny

Mauritius: The flu of misogyny

Mauritius; 3 July: This winter we have yet again been hit by a disease, an illness from which many of us suffer. Symptoms are mostly manifested on social media in the form of comments under news articles or in the form of edited videos. It is an illness which crawls under our skin, affecting our […]

Zimbabwe: Sex education policy sparks debate

Zimbabwe: Sex education policy sparks debate

By Gibson Mhaka Bulawayo, 19 June: A teenage girl from Bulawayo’s Mzilikazi suburb was in tears as she bravely narrated how she was drugged and gang raped at a Vuzu party held at a house in one of city’s leafy suburbs. The 17-year-old girl believes her drink was spiked when she left it with one […]

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