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Swazi Men Less Worried About HIV/AIDS – Study

 “… [men] here are more worried about getting their girlfriend pregnant than they are about HIV,” reveals a study conducted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) in Swaziland.

The study also found that traditionally, Swazi men believe they own their wives, but marriage appears to be in decline, with informal relationships and single mothers on the increase.

Call to Dismantle Patriarchy to End Violence

The Minister for Women, Children and People living with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, says dismantling patriarchy is key to bringing down the high levels of violence against women and girls.

Speaking at the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York, which is grappling specifically with the issue of violence against women, Xingwana said South Africa is lobbying within the Africa group over issues that are threatening consensus on the outcome document.

No Independence Celebrations Until Women's Bodies are Free

The recent sex video scandal involving 20-year old Iris Kaingu in Zambia has shown that patriarchy is alive and well in Africa. Zambian media and social media platforms went abuzz with the news of the conviction and subsequent sentencing of Kaingu for making obscene cinematography films ‘tending to corrupt morals’. The court ordered her to pay about US$1870 or serve nine months in prison.

Women Urged to Fight Patriarchy

The African National Congress Women’s League has urged women of all races and politics to set aside their differences and fight patriarchy.

The league’s president, Angie Motshekga, has warned that, “This elephant of patriarchy is all over,” adding that as women, especially women in the ANC, they need to push boundaries to ensure women’s issues are thought about at every level.

Men, Women, Urged to End Patriarchy

South African Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, says that changing patriarchal attitudes are one of the main gender-related problems in the country.

In a speech prepared for delivery at Women’s Month conference in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, Motlanthe called on both men and women to work in partnership to change these attitudes and practices.

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