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Madagascar: le savoir-faire féminin pour lutter contre l’exclusion sociale Á  Farafangana

Madagascar: le savoir-faire féminin pour lutter contre l’exclusion sociale Á  Farafangana

A Farafangana, région située au sud-est de Madagascar, comptant 34 communes, 172 636 personnes y vivent dont 109 436 hommes et 63 200 femmes. Jusqu’Á  assez récemment, ces dernières étaient considérées comme des moins que rien du fait qu’elles ne travaillaient pas. Leurs partenaires les battaient et les quittaient souvent pour une autre femme. Du coup, elles se retrouvaient seules et sans ressources pour survivre. Depuis trois ans, une association les encadre et les forme. Elles ont fait de sérieux progrès.

Africa: Whose promise?

Africa: Whose promise?

Cape Town, 17 May: The 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) themed “Delivering Africa’s PromiseÀ ended last Friday, 10 May in Cape Town. The three-day forum provides a platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to expand Africa’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable economic growth path. After the conclusion of the WEF the question remains: Whose promise does it aim to fulfil?

The WEF identified economic diversification, boosting infrastructure and unlocking Africa’s talent as the key points of address for accelerating and achieving success. However, a critical factor for achieving economic prosperity, reducing inequality and improving unemployment is missing from this equation: Addressing gender inequality and women’s equal access to economic opportunities.

Prior to the WEF, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) convened a two-day meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods of which eighteen African organisations participated. The meeting expressed doubts that the current WEF agenda will address women’s needs in Africa:

“We remain sceptical that real progress for Africa’s one billion people-the majority of whom are womenÀ“will change radically through policies centered unremittingly on markets and profits, and based predominantly on the extraction of mineral resources. African people’s needs and interests-particularly those of women-are not part of this narrow economic vision.À

Moçambique: Activistas do género começam a concentrar-se em Nova Iorque

ctivistas e OrganizaçÁµes de sociedade civil na Á¡rea do género de vÁ¡rias regiÁµes do mundo concentram-se a partir de 4 de Março, em Nova Iorque, para em unÁ­ssono continuar a advogar para a eliminação e prevenção de todas a formas de violência contra a mulher e rapariga, bem como discutir a partilha de responsabilidades entre homens e mulheres.

São activistas e organizaçÁµes que ao longo do ano, desde a última sessão da Comissão sobre o Estatuto da Mulher das NaçÁµes Unidas (UN CSW),discutiram entre si, traçaram estratégias, e trabalharam no sentido de contribuir eficazmente para melhorar a sua capacidade de influenciar polÁ­ticas e leis a favor da igualdade do género a nÁ­vel nacional, e a sua capacidade de influenciar os resultados e conclusÁµes da CSW a nÁ­vel regional.

DECLARAÁ‡ÁƒO DA SOCIEDADE CIVIL NA REUNIÁƒO DOS MINISTROS DO GÉNERO DA SADC SERENA POLANA HOTEL-14 de Fevereiro de 2013

Faltando dois anos para este prazo, que é também o prazo para os Objectivos do Desenvolvimento do Milénio (ODM), devemos mudar o nosso lema de “sim, nós podemosÀ para “sim, nós devemosÀ!

Queremos agradecer a SADC e a ONU Mulheres por assegurar que a nossa voz fosse ouvida neste encontro estratégico. Queremos assegurar aos nossos Governos que somos os vossos aliados e parceiros firmes em empurrar a agenda do género para frente nos nossos paÁ­ses. Foram eleitos para prover uma melhor vida para todos os nossos cidadãos À“ especialmente para as mulheres. Somos as mãos, pés, olhos e orelhas, coraçÁµes e cabeças que vos podem ajudar a realizar essas metas visionÁ¡rias e não somos a vossa concorrência mas talvez um braço implementador dos nossos Governos.

Gender violence a rampant

Recent studies by Gender Links Botswana has revealed that ovr two thirds of women in Botswana (67) experience some form of gender violence in their life time.
The study says 44% of men admit to perpetrating violence against women . Roos van Dorp , Gender Links Program Officer told Global Post that while Botswana is doing enough to eliminate gender based violence , statistics still show that violence is still high and prevalent in the country.

La Congolaise Furaha Bahati : une courageuse survivante de viol

Furaha Bahati, la trentaine, est l’une des nombreuses femmes Á  avoir été violées dans la province du Nord Kivu en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Il est aujourd’hui établi que ses agresseurs étaient des rebelles des Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda. Ceux-ci sont arrivés sur le sol congolais Á  la suite du génocide rwandais en 1994 et en sus de leurs armes et machettes, le viol était pour eux une arme de guerre par excellence.

An extra-ordinary granny: Artist Phenethi not too old to create and learn – Sowetan

A wise author once said: The reason why the cemetery is the wealthiest place on earth is because of people who had great dreams and vision that were never fulfilled because they failed to implement the principle of goal-setting. Therefore, they died with their potential.” The same will surely not be whispered someday about 73 year old grandmother Freda Phenethi of Dobsonville in Soweto. Phenethi is not an ordinary granny waiting in the pension line. She is busy artist and designer who is not too old to create and learn.

Moçambique: A mudança tem um preço

Amisse é um jovem de 32 anos, casado hÁ¡ nove anos. Conheci-o em Nampula, onde encontrava-me a moderar uma palestra sobre masculinidade e violência. A sala estava repleta de homens e mulheres, na sua maioria jovens estudantes. O debate começou com os jovens a relatarem as experiências relacionadas com a masculinidade e violência que ocorrem em Nampula de forma geral.

Porém, Amisse quebrou essa tendência falando especificamente da sua própria experiência. Primeiro contou aos presentes que era um telespectador assÁ­duo do programa “Homem que é HomemÀ, um programa transmitido pela Televisão de Moçambique abordando vÁ¡rias questÁµes sobre género, masculinidade e a sua relação com a violência numa abordagem de homem para homem.

SA must bring more women in corporate and business sectors

One of the 28 targets in the 2008 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development is that “State Parties shall endevour that, by 2015, at least 50% of decision making positions in public and private sectors are held by women…” South Africa is a signatory to the Protocol. With only three years to the Protocol timeline, a recent research study in South Africa- which focused on the corporate sector – has indicated that the target is far from being achieved. What could be underlying causes for the underrepresentation of women? This media highlight analyses a story that reported on the low representation of women in the corporate sector.

Bring more women on to board – The New Age

Women are still underrepresented in in corporate South Africa, despite making up just more than half the population, according to the Women in Leadership Census 2012 released this week by the Business Women’ s Association South Africa (Basa). According to the census, only 3.6% of CEOs, 17.1% of directors and 505% of board chairs are female. A senior governance specialist at the Institute for Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), Parmi Natesan, said while these figures a slight advance on the 2011 statistics, it was clear that South Africa companies still have a long way to go when it comes to gender diversity.