Empowering Women Key to Development

The African Union (AU) says the empowerment of women is a possible solution to problems women on the continent face, like poverty.

AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says empowerment starts with involving women in academia to inspire young women.

Addressing the Africa for Africa Women's Conference in Eastern Cape, Dlamini-Zuma stated that the judicial system needs more women to increase their participation in policy decisions to ensure more balanced implementation of these policies.

Women Still Marginalised in Africa - IWF

The International Women's Forum (IWF), a global organisation of prominent women of significant and diverse achievements, says that women are still marginalised in different sectors of the economy across Africa.

IWF president, Dr Vuyo Mahlathi, points out that a lot has to be done to ensure women’s participation in the economy.

The IWF hosted women from different parts of the world for an annual conference to focus on issues affecting women in Africa.

Women Participation Key to Growth

Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former United States first lady and secretary of state believes the full participation of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st Century.

Speaking at a high level event at this year's Commission on the Status of Women, Clinton stated that, “We know that the only way to achieve broad based growth and broad based prosperity in an interdependent world is to build economies and societies that work for everyone and include everyone.”

Active Citizenship Matters

As the South African democracy crawls through adolescence and stumbles into adulthood, active citizenship has become a hot topic in civil society. This subject is reflected in the publication of the Good Governance Learning Network’s (GGLN) fifth annual State of Local Governance publication.
“Citizenship is profoundly political and deeply contextual,” states Mirjam van Donk, director of Isandla Institute. That context acts as a canvas on which identity is formed and citizenship is claimed, she adds.

Community Mobilisation and the Challenges of Local Political Life

On 18 and 19 May 2013, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute’s (SERI) team made up of candidate attorney, Princess Magopane, and social researcher, Thapelo Tselapedi, organised and facilitated a follow-up, ward-based workshop in Mahikeng, North West. The first workshop, focusing on the legal and political mechanism through which the Constitution envisages the interaction between government and communities, was held in September 2012.

Thuggery of Participation too Much?

For over eight years, I have volunteered, worked for and worked with a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). As such, I truly understand the value of a strong civil society, as it does have a very important role to play in the creation of positive change. I have also however had to disengage from some organisations because I have strongly felt that they play a part in further 'disempowering' the marginalised.

Motorists Urged to Lend Financial Support to OUTA

The Opposition against Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has called on Gauteng motorists to lend financial support in the battle against the e-tolling in the Province.

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that, “The big challenge for us is funding our legal costs. And we appeal to the public and business to become far more active and participate in supporting OUTA in this initiative, in this cause which is in the interests of the public.”

NGOs Advise on Constitution Review

Forum Syd has finished compiling a report after close monitoring of the activities of Tanzania’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).

According to acting director, Athanas Evarist, the organisation, in collaboration with Actions for Democracy and Local Governance, has offered the CRC with constructive ideas.

Tolls Judge Asked to Recuse Himself

The long-expected showdown on Gauteng's highway tolls got off to a dramatic start when the presiding judge was asked to consider recusing himself.
The Treasury's advocate, Jeremy Gauntlett, questioned Judge Louis Vorster's impartiality, and asked him to ‘consider’ his ‘position’ on the grounds he appeared to be agreeing with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (OUTA) argument that the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is in breach of its own regulations.


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