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Calls for shift in journalism education in wake of COVID

Calls for shift in journalism education in wake of COVID

By Dr Sibongile Mpofu, Bulawayo, 23 July: The Covid-19 global pandemic has brought with it catastrophic results worldwide with thousands of people succumbing to the virus and millions more infected. Governments all over the world are trying to find ways to grapple with the pandemic. Not only is immense pressure on scientists, policymakers and sectors […]

COVID-19 affecting maternal health in DRC

COVID-19 affecting maternal health in DRC

Gabrielle Nina Mitch, Kinshasa, 3 July: For many women who are pregnant during this time of corona virus this journey in their lives has been uncertain. Arlette Mali Mungu Bahati, resident of Kinshasa city, is just a month away from the birth of her second child, but her anxiety has remained constant feature of her […]

Girls’ vulnerable as COVID-19 drives child marriages

Girls’ vulnerable as COVID-19 drives child marriages

By Andile Tshuma, Bulawayo, 20 July: Covid-19 has upended the lives of many children and their families alike, with migratory efforts such lock downs resulting in countrywide school closures, affecting children’s routines and support systems. Pandemic control measures that do not account for the gender specific needs and vulnerabilities of young women and girls may […]

Violences en période de confinement

Violences en période de confinement

Violences en période de confinement : les victimes ont peu d’espoir pour que justice soit rendu By Fehizora Rafalimanana,  Antananarivo, 17 July: Depuis mi-mai, le déconfinement est progressif à Madagascar malgré que le nombre de nouveaux cas de contamination au coronavirus ne cessent de s’accroître. Durant deux mois et demi de confinement, les formes de violence […]

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 […]

Covid-19 affecting HIV treatment

Covid-19 affecting HIV treatment

By Fortunate Muzarabani, Bulawayo, 15 July: Undocumented immigrants are struggling to access Anti-Retroviral Treatment in South Africa and in Zimbabwe quarantine centres. Miriam Siziba (not her real name) was in South Africa when the Covid-19 lockdown started, where she worked as a domestic worker in Alberton. As an undocumented immigrant, she was already struggling to […]

Climate Change, COVID- 19 double impact on farmers

Climate Change, COVID- 19 double impact on farmers

By Majara Molupe, Maseru, 13 July: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says farmers in Lesotho have to cope with drought, rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events. As the changing climate forces more people to migrate, new conflicts are being triggered. Small – scale farmers feel more pinch of the changing climatic conditions […]

Tues 11 Aug 11-13h: Women and Electoral Systems in SA

Tues 11 Aug 11-13h: Women and Electoral Systems in SA

Gender Links in partnership with Commission for Gender Equality(CGE), South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID), and Women Voice and Leadership (WVL)   will host a cyber dialogue on Women’s Political Participation and the Constitutional Court ruling on the Electoral System – Cyber Dialogues. Date: 11 August 2020 Who: Citizens, women, youth, media, electoral system experts, NGOs, […]

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 lock down with homoantagonistic families and communities. Over the last month, #AllBlackLivesMatter movements have erupted in the United States of America (USA), highlighting violence tat pertains particularly […]

Economic vulnerabilities push up GBV in Zimbabwe

Economic vulnerabilities push up GBV in Zimbabwe

Locadia Mavhudzi Gweru, 13 July:  As the global Covid 19 pandemic takes its toll on Africa and countries beyond, the virus has brought with it more socio-economic challenges whose effects will be felt now and in the long term. COVID 19’s differential impact on women and men social and psychological state can never be ignored. […]