Health

SA: Women’s Day call for #Vaccine GenderJustice

SA: Women’s Day call for #Vaccine GenderJustice

Johannesburg, 9 August: Women’s rights organisations are calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide sex disaggregated data on vaccine roll out in a campaign launched on Women’s Day. A petition signed by 43 Women’s Voice and Leadership partners calls on the president to “provide sex disaggregated data on vaccine roll out and all COVID-19 statistics in line with the national gender […]

August 8, 2021 Themes: Gender equality | Health Programs: Gender Justice

SA: Call for vaccine sex disaggregated data

SA: Call for vaccine sex disaggregated data

Johannesburg, 29 July, The Women’s Voice and Leadership South Africa (WVL-SA) welcomes the progress being made towards rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, but calls for sex disaggregated data to be made available as a matter of urgency. “Sex disaggregation is a central tenant of all data and processes in South Africa,” noted Gender Links special Advisor Colleen Lowe […]

July 29, 2021 Themes: Health Programs: Gender Justice

SA: Women, violence and vaccine roll out

SA: Women, violence and vaccine roll out

Women call for end to violence, resumption of vaccine roll out Johannesburg, 14 July 2021, The Women’s Voice and Leadership South Africa (WVLSA) project condemns the violence and criminal looting that is ravaging South Africa amid the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. WVLSA calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that law and order are restored […]

July 13, 2021 Themes: Emergencies | Feminism | Gender equality | Health Programs: Gender Justice

Vaccine apartheid will prolong the pandemic

Vaccine apartheid will prolong the pandemic

Johannesburg, 14 July: As many countries in the north start to open up for summer holidays, with lockdown restrictions being eased, South Africa, and most of Africa are going back into harder lockdowns. The reason for these starkly different realities is in large measure due to unequal access to vaccines. With the third wave, driven […]

July 13, 2021 Themes: Feminism | Gender equality | Health Programs: Gender Justice

Southern Africa: Needed – feminist response to vaccine roll out

Southern Africa: Needed – feminist response to vaccine roll out

Johannesburg, 14 July: The COVID-19 pandemic which has been raging across the globe since December 2019 has aggravated gender inequalities. As the majority of care workers, of the poor and those in the informal sector or in precarious work, women bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the vaccine roll out is to bring […]

July 13, 2021 Themes: Emergencies | Gender equality | Health Programs: Gender Justice

Lessons in lockdown: Hope, family & surviving COVID-19

Lessons in lockdown: Hope, family & surviving COVID-19

By Kubi Rama, Johannesburg, 18 February: I am writing this piece as part of the GL series “lessons learnt during lockdown.” The deadline is past. I struggled to write this piece. My 12-year old son, Keshav, and I tested positive for COVID-19 on the 7 January 2021. My momentary response was blind panic. I know […]

February 18, 2021 Themes: Gender equality | Health Programs: GL Commentary Service

Botswana: Anchor SRHR priorities on community experiences

Botswana: Anchor SRHR priorities on community experiences

By Dumiso Gatsha, Gaborone, 4 December: Botswana’s SRHR landscape is characterised by a lack of political will, policy frameworks and programming that safeguard and strengthen bodily autonomy and integrity for all its citizens. Whilst equitable comprehensive sex education, safe abortion and gender affirmative healthcare are notable shortcomings; progress has been made in raising the age […]

SADC: Access to services hampered by COVID-19

SADC: Access to services hampered by COVID-19

Sifisosami Dube 25 November : Lungelo woke up at four am in order to start the long walk to the nearest district hospital.  She  wanted to collect her monthly family planning pills as she was left with only two days’ supply. Upon arriving at the hospital, the process to collect the pills was slow as […]

December 30, 2020 Themes: Health Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Reducing maternal mortality in SADC is possible

Reducing maternal mortality in SADC is possible

By Sifisosami Dube, Johannesburg, 11 December : As soon as she settles down to eat her breakfast, Gogo Snanzeni is interrupted by a boy who has been sent to tell her that her midwifery services are urgently needed. She immediately realises that she has to walk almost five kilometres to assist Lindi to deliver her […]

Three Years of Safe Haven

Three Years of Safe Haven ‘Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time’ – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Background Since its inception in September 2017, Gender Links Safe Haven Halfway Home (SHHH) has been a refuge for 69 residents coming from different socio-economic backgrounds and having known numerous types of violence throughout their lifetime […]