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Learning, a non-ending journey

Learning, a non-ending journey

Year 2018 at Gender Links Mauritius has been an extraordinary year for me. Working with a reputed organisation locally and regionally has always been a dream come true. Looking back, I completed almost five years with GL Mauritius and the best part of it is that the learning never ends.   I must admit that […]

June 1, 2019 Themes: Care work | Children | Feminism | Young Women Programs: News Analysis

SADC: Join Cyber Dialogue on Women’s Health

SADC: Join Cyber Dialogue on Women’s Health

Johannesburg, 24 May: Please join Gender Links and the Gender Protocol Alliance partners for a cyber dialogue on the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, on 28 May 2019. This day coincides with International Day of Menstrual Hygiene. The Gender Protocol Alliance under the banner #VoiceandChoice is rolling out Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights […]

Child marriages: Is prosecution the answer?

Child marriages: Is prosecution the answer?

Malawi: 08 May 2019, A constitutional amendment of 2017 in Malawi may have raised the age of marriage from 16 to 18 for both boys and girls but child marriages are still rampant, a development that has compelled some rights activists to call for stiffer penalties including jail terms for executors of child marriages. A […]

May 8, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children | Sex roles | Young Women Programs: News

Lesotho: Government scraps tax from sanitary wear

Lesotho: Government scraps tax from sanitary wear

The Kingdom of Lesotho has achieved an important milestone in menstrual health. The government made a bold announcement during the budget speech read by Minister of Finance Dr Moeketsi Majoro on 12 March 2019 in Lesotho parliament that sanitary towels will no longer be charged value added tax (VAT) (Kingdom of Lesotho, 2019). VAT in […]

Mauritius: Poor SRHR services in hospitals

Mauritius: Poor SRHR services in hospitals

By Sheistah Bundhoo Port Louis, 18 April : On 28 March 2019 I was diagnosed with menorrhagia; a state of prolonged menstrual bleeding characterised by heavy blood flow and abdominal cramps by a private doctor and was advised to go to Jawaharlal Nehru Public Hospital in Rose Belle for medical tests. I had never been […]

April 18, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health | Young Women Programs: Events vs Issues | News

Teacher’s bad attitude towards sexual education

Teacher’s bad attitude towards sexual education

By: Kelello Rakolobe 08 April 2019 Lesotho: According to Ministry of Health 2014 study Lesotho has the second highest prevalence of HIV in the world at 25% by Ministry of Health, 2014. Prior to the 2014 Health survey, Lesotho had the third highest prevalence at 23 percent. This means instead of decreasing, the Lesotho HIV/AIDS […]

April 8, 2019 Themes: Education | HIV/AIDS | Young Women Programs: Gender in media education | HIV and AIDS

#CSW63: Pushing back the push back

#CSW63: Pushing back the push back

Spotlight on gender equality in social protection, infrastructure and public services By Sifisosami Dube New York, 13 March: The time is now to demystify “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”; it is what real women encounter and need every day. This […]

In search of #VoiceandChoice in SRHR policies

In search of #VoiceandChoice in SRHR policies

By Kevin Chiramba Johannesburg, 8 March: International Women’s Day celebrates annually the achievements that women have made in the long and continuous fight for gender equality. Celebrated under the theme #BalanceforBetter, this theme resonates with the Gender Links (GL) and Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance’s objective to strengthen the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) […]

Africa Renewal April – July 2018

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Zim: Teenage pregnancies threaten girls’ future

Zim: Teenage pregnancies threaten girls’ future

By Edward Kuyipa Harare, 8 December: Chipo, a sixteen year old housemaid recently fell pregnant.  She was quickly whisked to the home of her boyfriend John, a 24-year-old self-styled prophet. When she got there she found Sandra, another pregnant teenager already cohabiting with John. The three now lodge a single room, in Old Highfield, one […]

December 5, 2018 Themes: Reproductive health | Young Women Programs: GL Commentary Service