Elsie Khaises – Namibia

Elsie Khaises – Namibia

I am a ranger for community based natural resource management in my home town of Swakopmund, Namibia. I work directly with conservation committees, who work with conservative communities in rural Namibia. It is my responsibility to give them advice on how to organize meetings with communities on how to conserve the natural environment. Thanks to Gender Links gender training, I have been able to use this position to encourage other women to set high goals, see themselves as equals with men in all areas, and stand up for their rights.

Malintle Sekorobele – Lesotho

Malintle Sekorobele – Lesotho

Now, I see many opportunities to work with Gender Links, and I’m confident that a partnership with the organisation would be beneficial. I learned through coming to the summit how GBV is being addressed, and I feel I am learning a lot from watching how others have tried to address the problem in their countries. This year I am in the ‘Support’ category for GBV, and I feel there is more I can learn. In the future, I would like to see more training taking place in Lesotho.

May 29, 2012 Themes: Agriculture | Climate change | Land | Local Government

Paula Macharangwanda – Zimbabwe

Paula Macharangwanda – Zimbabwe

I am a 53 year old councillor for the Harare City Council, and I am one of the female councillors who improved my leadership skills through working with Gender Links. Now, the sky is the limit for me! I am equipped with all the necessary skills that will let me bring positive change into the community. Politics an be a dirty game but it helps me to reach higher levels. This is the most challenging undertaking that I have ventured into, and I was about to surrender if it was not for Gender Links.

Mediating land conflict in Burundi

An assessment and evaluation project was undertaken by Accord in 2009/10 to explore how land conflict mediation addresses other more long term challenges for peace in Burundi À“ principally the utilisation of land and increasing access to sustainable livelihoods. Emphasis was put on repatriation, and reintegration of returnees and reconciliation between different Burundian social groups. The project documented and analysed ACCORD’s land conflict practice in the provinces of Bururi and Ruyigi.

Land reform in South Africa: Getting back on track

Any meaningful discussion on land reform in South Africa has to start by recognizing that those who were dispossessed by apartheid have a right to justice. Equally important, it must be recognized that the democratic government has already done much through its land reform programme to rectify the injustices of the past. Land reform needs to make its beneficiaries and the country better off. Little is gained in the long run if justice turns out to be purely symbolic, leaves people poorer or even aggravates grievances. It is therefore of considerable concern that, as the Director-General of Land Affairs said in early 2008, at least 50% of government land reform projects have failed to make their beneficiaries permanently better off.

There is a great deal of empirical evidence to show that the private sector and markets make major contributions to South Africa’s development in general and to land reform in particular. We therefore believe that it is vital to understand private sector perspectives on land reform, and that the positive role of the private sector in land reform can and should be expanded.

Livelihoods and CBNRM in Namibia

This is the final technical report on the findings of the Wildlife Integration for Livelihood Development (WILD) Project on livelihoods and community based natural resource management (CBNRM) in Namibia.

Gender, Choice and Migration: Household Dynamics and Urbanisation in Mozambique

Very little empirical research has been done on migration in Mozambique and the existing material emphasizes labour migration. Migrants are an essential component of international, regional and national economies and a significant channel of the flow of labour. However, there are scholars who have conventionally perceived migration as a negative with respect to its relationship with development, rapid urbanisation; its resulting consequences and their impact upon the household structure. While it is true cities perhaps offer more advantages – better economic conditions and amenities – in reality they become a detriment reducing theirs group’s capacity to maintain a level of satisfaction.

Zambia: Youths don’t want to inherit a depleted Africa

Zambia: Youths don’t want to inherit a depleted Africa

Little is currently being done by government and other stakeholders to ensure that Africa’s youth play an active role in mitigating the effects of climate change. One thing is for sure: if they are not involved in coming up with solutions, today’s youth will inherit a depleted Africa.

Erosion- Neuf plages en passe d’être sauvées.

Erosion, déracinement, rétrécissement… Autant de menaces pour nos plages. Selon l’ONG Environment Protection and Conservation Organisation, celle-ci pourraient bien disparaitre si rien n’est fait. Mais, leur salut viendrait peut-être du budget 2012. Une enveloppe de Rs95 millions est prévue pour sauver neuf plages de la dégradation.
Parmi les plus a risques, Trou-aux0Biches, Mont-Choisy, Pereybere, Flic-en Flac, Petite-Rivière-Noire et Le Morne. C’est ce que soutient Daksh Beeharry Panray, le représentant d’Environment Protection and Conservation Organisation.
Cet ONG a, lors d’un projet pilote, procède a un constat de l’état des plages mauriciennes en novembre 2010. Et, bien qu’il n’y ait pas de rapport officiel, Daksh Beeharry Panray s’accorde a dire que le niveau du sable ‘diminue très rapidement’.

African customary law and gender justice in a prograssive democracy

The constant clash of African culture and traditions with human rights continue to militate against the adequate protection of women’s rights. Thus, African women constantly face challenges resulting from restrictions under customary laws of succession and inheritance, witchcraft violence, degrading treatment to widows, domestic violence; women killed by their partners, rape of women and children under all kinds of circumstances. This thesis was prompted by the issues raised in the Bhe case of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. In this landmark judgment, Ngcobo J dealt with the development of customary law, and how it must be approached by the courts in a manner that would have due regard to the rights of women on one hand and, on the other, would also accord customary law of its proper place, purpose and values within the African context. Against this background, the thesis focused on South Africa, Nigeria and Lesotho as excellent models of the broader challenges for women as well as governments; despite certain legislative measures put in place by the latter, the battle continues unabated for the balance of traditions and culture with women’s rights issues. Although South Africa is more progressive in terms of Constitution and practice than Nigeria and Lesotho, a lot still needs to be done particularly in the area of harmonization of laws. Regrettably, in Nigeria and Lesotho respect for the Constitution is superficial and lacks substantive policies that would promote women’s rights. To this extent, the balance of democratic values and promotion of women’s rights issues within the continent lie in women being partners in development rather than unduly suffering under intense burden of culture, tradition and societal stereotypes.