gender equality

Africa is Hungry: How Women Can Make a Difference

While some regions around the world battle with increasing obesity, much of Africa continues to experience severe food shortages, as millions of African people suffer daily from hunger. The reality of food shortages in Africa is well-known. So well known, in fact, that the average middle-class fast food eating person is generally unable to feel anything but blasé about it. There are many others, however, who do try to help, and countless organisations and programmes working to provide food for the hungry.

Liberating us All

The room was full of eager movie watchers – those interested in the digital story methodology and those just needing a bit of down time. Neither got what they had hoped.

I started off with the stories of transgender men (or transmen – men who have changed their gender from female to male) and everyone was fundamentally challenged – either to defend themselves, sex and gender as a reality or do defend individual choice and identities.

Gender Equality Toolbox

Gender Equality Toolbox aims to provide useful context on gender equality as a priority of Danish development assistance. It offers strategic directions and presents good examples of how gender programming can achieve results on the ground. Divided into six sections, the guide provides a quick introduction to gender mainstreaming, an overview of lessons learnt, challenges and opportunities. It also looks at how gender equality can be addressed in connection with harmonisation and alignment with national policies in a country.

Inequalities in the Use of Social Media

Women'sNet says girls find it hard to admit to having used social media because of the stigma attached to using it.

Speaking during the Johannesburg leg of the SANGONeT’s ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference, Women’sNet media and information manager, Lebo Marishane, says that young South Africans use MXit because it is easily accessible on their cellphones.

Inequalities in the Use of Social Media

Women'sNet says girls find it hard to admit to having used social media because of the stigma attached to using it.

Speaking during the Johannesburg leg of the SANGONeT’s ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference, Women’sNet media and information manager, Lebo Marishane, says that young South Africans use MXit because it is easily accessible on their cellphones.

Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights Not Under Threat – Presidency

The presidency has poured cold water over suggestions by conservative Christian lobby groups that President Jacob Zuma will change legislation on abortion and same-sex marriages.

Presidential spokesperson, Vusi Mona, says that while the president has invited Christian groups to come and debate these issues, Zuma will nevertheless uphold the Constitution.

Sex Work Matters

Sex Work Matters brings sex workers, scholars and activists together to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers theoretical discussions as well empirical case studies, providing new ways to link theory with lived experiences.

It Sounds Like A Song

It sounds like a song
says the radio presenter
on SAFM morning radio
(Womens Month now done)

It sounds like a song
Athletics SA President
talking himself out
of the square circle
he painted himself into

It sounds like a song
in defense of his lie
no knowledge he says
of any gender-testing

It sounds like a song
I did it for you
I did it for my country
(I also did it my way)

It sounds like a song
perhaps his swansong

Wonderful

Wonderful
waxes the male presenter
of SAFMs The Editors
an all-female panel he has
(Womens Month now spent)

Wonderful
no longer the flavour
of the month
we are done with it
our Womens Month

Wonderful
all ladies (exclaims he)
not ladies of the night
whatever that means
to you out on the street

Wonderful
post- our Womens Month
the morning after if you like
after the fact its back
to our old usual ways

Wonderful

New UN Body for Women’s Rights

After three years of extensive consultations, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution that takes the next step in the process that seeks to establish a new UN entity focused on the rights of women.

Four United Nations agencies and offices will be amalgamated to create a new single entity within the organisation to promote the rights and well-being of women worldwide and to work towards gender equality.

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