Gender equality

Botswana Progresses on Gender and Development

Botswana has made remarkable progress against the targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development set for 2015.

While the country has not yet signed the SADC Gender Protocol because ‘some its time frames unrealistic’, legislators remain committed to its ideals and targets.

Botswana did make a commitment to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and the SADC Gender Protocol goes a step further in setting out a detailed roadmap for the achievement of the MDGs.

Sexualised Violence in the National Debate - Cross Border Observatios in India and South Africa

In 2013, the world came to know of two young women: Jyoti Singh Pandey from India and Anene Booysen from South Africa. Both were gang-raped, brutally attacked and died fighting for their lives. If it wasn’t for their families, outraged citizens, and civil society activists, they would today be nothing more than statistics, two digits added to the alarming number of women raped and murdered worldwide.

Village Rejects a Woman as Chief

Some village elders in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland region are still unable to accept a woman as their chief, 17 years after her appointment was approved by President Robert Mugabe.

Die-hard traditionalists in Matabeleland say that although they support the government's policy of gender equality, they will not accept the appointment of female chiefs.

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.

Human Rights and Gender Equality in Health Sector Strategies: How to Assess Policy Coherence

This tool is designed to support countries as they design and implement national health sector strategies in compliance with obligations and commitments. The tool focuses on practical options and poses critical questions for policy-makers to identify gaps and opportunities in the review or reform of health sector strategies as well as other sectoral initiatives. It is expected that using this tool will generate a national multi-stakeholder process and a cross-disciplinary dialogue to address human rights and gender equality in health sector activities.

Women on Farms Project: Women’s Health and Empowerment Programme Coordinator

The Women on Farms Project (WFP) is a feminist NGO based in Stellenbosch. The organisation's goal is to empower women farm workers to improve their living and working conditions and to achieve gender equality in the workplace, home and the farming community.

WFP seeks to appoint a Women’s Health and Empowerment Programme Coordinator, based in Stellenbosch.

Call for Entries: POWA Women’s Writing Project

People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) is a feminist, women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy in order to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life. POWA’s uniqueness as an organisation is in providing both services to survivors and engaging in advocacy using a feminist and intersectional analysis. Their work is rooted in the belief that change can only be said to be effective when women’s lives are directly improved through their interventions.

Development Bypasses World's Poorest

The United Nations (UN) says the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been improving the lives of millions around the world, but people in very poor regions have not been sharing in the progress.

According to the annual report charting progress on the MDGs until the 2015 deadline, Aid money to the least developed countries fell 13 percent to US$26 billion in 2012.

UN goals to fight poverty and hunger, promote gender equality, and education, and widen access to water and health services were first outlined in 2000 and agreed to by UN members.

Women's Struggle for Equality Continues

Advocate 'Mabolae Mohasi says the recent judgement passed by Lesotho’s Constitutional Court denying Senate Masupha’s succession to chieftainship has taken the country on a complete U-turn from the direction it is heading in achieving gender equality and non-discrimination against women.

Mohasi states that Masupha states that the ruling is non-discriminatory since Lesotho’s customary law states that daughters, based on their sex cannot succeed their fathers to chieftainship.

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