gender equality

Research and Training Institute on Women’s Rights and Citizenship 2009

Invitation for Applications

Political Studies at Wits University and the Women’s Rights and Citizenship Programme at IDRC are pleased to announce a Research and Training Institute on Women’s Rights and Citizenship, to be held from 22 June to 3 July 2009 and 22-29 November 2009 at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Traditionally, speaking

Written in response to the article "Men will wear the pants in Cope" published in the Cape Argus, Monday, 19 January 2009)

Traditionally, speaking

Traditionally, speaking
not for myself
on anyone's behalf
you want to go back

You want to go back
to the kitchen
to last week
to the last dark age

(when boys wear blue
and girls pink)

Traditionally, speaking
you want to go back
speak when you
are commanded to

South Africans Think Homosexuality is Wrong

More than 80 percent of South Africa’s population regards homosexuality as wrong. This is according to the Social Attitudes Survey in South Africa conducted by researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

Despite the fact that South Africa's legal system recognises gay marriages and the Constitution guarantees equal rights to all, the survey shows widespread negative attitudes towards lesbians and gay men.

New Organisation for Sex Workers

Sex workers have launched the Johannesburg branch of Sisonke, an organisation that advocates for the legislation of sex work.

Sisonke is advocating for sex workers to be recognised as professionals who have the same rights as other workers. “We want to work with the police. We want to walk the streets and hotel foyers freely”, the organisation says.

Sisonke head of the Johannesburg branch, Busi Dhlomo, states that: “The police demand sex and assault us if we refuse.” Dhlomo has also criticised hospital staff for refusing to treat sex workers.

Russian Mayor Links Homosexuality to Spread of HIV

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkobv’s administration has banned several gay rights marches in Moscow in the interests, it argues, of ensuring security and preventing public disorder.

Luzhkobv has been quoted as saying, "We have banned, and will ban, the propaganda of sexual minorities' opinions because they can be one of the factors in the spread of HIV infection."

To read the article titled, “Mayor links homosexuals to spread of HIV,” click here.

Working with the Media on Gender and Education

Nationally, regionally and internationally millions of individuals and thousands of civil society groups and organisations are campaigning for quality education for all. The “Working with the Media on Gender and Education: A Guide for Training and Planning” is guide draws on learning from two "Gender, Education and the Media" workshops which were held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2005 and in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March 2006. The guide is aimed at helping organisations working on gender and education to develop and implement media-advocacy strategies for gender equitable education.

South Africa’s Gender Rating Drops

According to the World Economic Forum, women still lag far behind men in top political and decision-making roles, a waste of talent given that their access to education and healthcare is nearly equal.

In its 2008 Global Gender Gap report, the Forum ranks South Africa at 22nd place, slipping back from 20th place (out of 128 countries) in 2007, but well ahead of the United States (in 27th place) and Canada among others.


After arriving in the Cape and having to deal with freak windstorms (nothing like a windstorm to give you the impression that the last diet might actually have worked !)  I finally get a chance to prep for AWID.  Lately I find myself in an interesting position as a man who advocates for the rights of women and other vulnerable groups.


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