Gender

Organisation Demands Legal Recognition

Lambda, the sole Mozambican association defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people, has protested publicly against the illegal refusal by the Justice Ministry to register it as a bona fide association.

Lambda first submitted its application for legal recognition as an association in 2008 and since it received no reply, it submitted an appeal in August 2013 but there is still no reply.

SA Urged to Do More to Empower Women

Independent researcher and analyst, Nomboniso Gasa, says although South Africa has made progress in the advancement of women, more still needs to be done.

Gasa says strides have been made towards women advancement especially in the public sector where women are found in leadership positions.

She however, highlights that the private sector remains behind in ensuring that women are considered in leading positions, adding that institutions in the private sector should be structurally designed for the inclusion of women.

UN Launches Campaign to End FGM

The United Nations (UN) has launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation, as survivors says it has ‘shattered’ their lives.

UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, points out that, "The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation, our generation."

Speaking during his visit to Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Ban also stated that men and boys must be encouraged to support the fight against FGM, adding that they should be praised when they do.

Forum Helps to Report More Hate Crimes

The Hate Crimes Working Group says since the introduction of its monitoring forum, more cases of hate crimes are being reported.
 
The forum, which is a comprehensive way of gathering information about victims of hate-related crime, is of the view that such crimes target people on the basis of their gender, religion or culture and often include violence such as rape.
 

Zambia Tackles Gender Parity in Land Reforms

Rights organisation, Gender Links, says that, "Cultural practices and customary laws in Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) limit women's ability to access, own and control means of production such as land and livestock."
 
The organisation believes that the inability by women to access means of production has had an impact on their economic independence and ability to move out of poverty.
 

Call to Scale Up Fight Against GBV

Zambia’s local government and housing minister, Emmanuel Chenda, believes there is a need for concerted family and community-based activities to supplement government efforts in combating early marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence (GBV).
 
Chenda is saddened by the increase in cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and GBV in that country.
 

Malawi Set to Implement Programme to Retain Female Parliamentarians

Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare says a roll-out programme will be implemented to retain female parliamentarians, increase and achieve 50/50 representation of members of parliament in the national assembly.

Speaking in an interview, Gender Affairs director, Peter Msefula affirms that the programme will focus on training female parliamentarians on how best they can save the interest of the people in their constituencies.

Girls Sexually Abused Worldwide

The United Nations says that around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20.

In its new report, Hidden in Plain Sight, which draws on data from 190 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) describes the report as the largest-ever study of violence against children.

The report revealed that one fifth of all murder victims are children and teens, with homicide the leading cause of death among male youths in Latin American countries including Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Brazil.

NLB Donates in Honour of Women

The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
 
The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
 
Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
 

GBV Hinders Women’s Freedom - Chipatiso

According to Linda Musariri Chipatiso, it seems incongruous that South Africans celebrate Women's Month, yet stories of conflict and gender-based violence (GBV) flood today's headlines.

In her article titled ‘Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom’, Chipatiso argues that, “Whether it is the abduction of girls in Nigeria, the unending trial of Oscar Pistorius or the young woman raped and murdered last over the weekend because of her sexuality- the horrific immediacy of violence is all too apparent.”

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