Feminism

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.

Working women’s perceptions of power, gender-based violence and HIV-infection risks: an explorative study among female employees in an airline business

Power imbalances and gender-based violence (GBV) have increasingly been cited as important determinants putting women at risk of HIV infections. Studies have shown that globally one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. The study explored working women’s perceptions of power, gender-based violence and HIV-infection risks. A qualitative, explorative study was conducted among female employees in an airline business in Namibia. Five women participated in in-depth, face-to-face interviews. The findings show that all of the participants experienced power imbalances and GBV in their intimate relationships. All of the women reported emotional or psychological abuse, whilst the majority were subjected to economic abuse, followed by physical abuse, and two alleged having been sexually abused. The study concludes with specific recommendations for the development and successful implementation of workplace policy and programmes to protect and promote women’s rights.

Late adolescent conversations about gender based violence

Discursive constructions of gender-based violence and safe sex practices among female residence students at UKZN.

ender-based violence and the risk of HIV infection are some of the social problems facing women in South Africa. The emergence of gender-based violence as a prominent challenge facing the University of KwaZulu-Natal community led to the impetus for a qualitative study which focuses specifically on female UKZN residence students on Howard College Campus. A social constructionist approach was used to explore how female UKZN residence students understand and experience gender-based violence and safe sex practices. Unstructured interviews were conducted with twelve female residence students and interview texts were analysed using discourse analysis. The findings revealed the difficulties women experience in negotiating safe sex and how gender-based violence is facilitated through a system of discourses which reproduce patriarchal power relations. This research shines a light on the prevalence of gender-based violence in South Africa and the far reaching impact it has on the lives of women. The fear of gender-based violence is a continuous presence in the lives of these women and this research demonstrates how one does not have to be a victim of gender-based violence to experience the trauma and anxiety surrounding this violence. Hopefully this research will culminate in policy and interventions aimed at improving the lives of female students at UKZN.

Africa: No independence celebrations until women’s bodies are free

The recent sex video scandal involving 20-year old Iris Kaingu in Zambia has shown that patriarchy is alive and well in Africa. Zambian media and social media platforms went abuzz with the news of the conviction and subsequent sentencing of Kaingu for making obscene cinematography films “tending to corrupt moralsÀ. The court ordered her to pay about US$1870 or serve nine months in prison.

South Africa: are women free to wear what they want?

South Africa’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression which includes the way an individual expresses oneself through dressing. Without setting parameters, the law allows women and men to dress what they feel comfortable in. But despite this legal provision, the country has reported a number of incidents in which women have been sexually harassed for wearing short attire such as miniskirts and short dresses. This media highlight analyses an opinion article in which the writer establishes the reasons why some men sexually harass women who wear miniskirts and short dresses.

African Gender Research and Postcoloniality: legacies and Challenges?

The paper starts with a survey of research trends that undermine the radical trajectories identified above. The paper focus mainly not on the details of particular approaches, but on the epistemological and political patterns thrown up by research to date, as well as the challenges they pose for future research. In the sections that follow I draw on my conclusions for a recent review essay of African women and gender studies to describe innovative emerging patterns.

Plan Internationals Submission to the Joint CRC and CEDAW: General Comment / General Recommendation on Harmful Practices

On the issue of harmful practices, the CRC should be read in conjunction with other UN and regional treaties which are more explicit on the issue and stress in a more explicit way the role that customs and traditions may have in perpetuating violence against children.

La Congolaise Elyse Muyamuna : Réussir est une question de détermination et de volonté

Il y a une décennie Á  peine, les filières de l’enseignement technique étaient le domaine exclusif des hommes. Aujourd’hui avec l’évolution et l’intégration du concept du genre, de plus en plus de femmes occupent et exercent des professions qui étaient traditionnellement considérées la chasse gardée des hommes. Pendant longtemps, les Congolais ont soutenu que la Congolaise faisait exprès de s’exclure de ces professions parce que celles-ci étaient physiquement contraignantes. Or, le cas d’Elyse Muyamuna vient nous prouver le contraire.

Moçambique: Respeito e assédio sexual institucionalizado

Moçambique celebra no dia 4 de Outubro de 2012 20 anos de Paz desde a assinatura dos Acordos de Roma, em 1992, entre a Frelimo e a Renamo. O que significa a paz através do meu olhar feminino?

Sendo uma mulher e tendo sido educada numa sociedade matrilinear e, posteriormente, numa sociedade patrilinear, onde se ensina, acima de tudo, tolerância, sobretudo com os homens, fico muito preocupada nos últimos tempos quando me falam de tolerância. Entenda-se que nessa perspectiva a tolerância significa aturar, suportar.