According to new research by Swaziland's Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in partnership with child rights NGO Save the Children, children and young people's voices in Swaziland's media are heard in only eight percent of the stories that are about them.
The two organisations monitored the country’s two daily newspapers - Times of Swaziland and Swazi Observer - from 22 May to 2 June 2013 and during this period, the Times of Swaziland published 42 stories about (or involving) children or young people.
The research found that of those 42 stories about children / young people, only three stories (seven percent) included the voice a child / young person.
To read the article titled, “Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research,” click here.Source:All Africa
Edinah Masanga, who worked as a journalist for a decade, has launched the Women Empowerment Foundation Scribes Africa (WEFSA) in Zimbabwe in a bid to amplify women's voices.
Masanga notes that women are still seen as a minority in journalism worldwide and that they all go through the same experiences, including unethical practices such as sexual harassment, discrimination, while exclusion continues to be a challenge for women in this profession.
She states that WEFSA is built on real life and personal experiences by female journalists in newsrooms to advocate for issues of women and media from outside the confines of the newsrooms.
To read the article titled, “Female journalists marginalised,” click here.Source:All Africa
Former Constitutional Court Justice, Zak Yacoob, hopes President Jacob Zuma will reject an all-male list of candidates to replace him.
Yacoob criticises Zuma for not "taking the importance of appointing women to court seriously enough", adding that the president has the power, in terms of the Constitution, to ask for additional names.
He argues that, "Whatever the JSC [Judicial Service Commission] does, I would hope the president would say to the JSC: 'I want more names. Go find them'."
To read the article titled, “Yacoob hopes for more women in Constitutional Court,” click here.Source:Mail & Guardian
A recent study by Women in Politics and Decision Making Permanent Committee (WPDM PC) has revealed that women representation in decision-making positions is very low in many institutions in Malawi.
Chairperson of WPDM PC, which is under Gender Coordination Network (GCN), Emmie Chanika, disclosed that some institutions are not aware of gender instruments that seek to promote women’s representations and participation in decision-making.
Chanika explains that the report had singled out minimal qualifications held by women in the country which bars them from competing with their male counterpart, more drop-outs of females from colleges and some jobs like construction as some of the reasons behind unsuccessful of the campaign.
To read the article titled, “Malawi far to achieve 50/50 campaign by 2015- CSOs,” click here.Source:Nyasa Times
The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, says the Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill is almost ready to go to Cabinet.
Xingwana says the Bill, which is expected to make gender equity in the private and public sector mandatory, will enable government to come up with sanctions and measures that will ensure companies, organisations and political parties comply.
"South Africa has made commitments through the Constitution, various pieces of legislation, and international conventions to respect, promote, protect, and advance the rights of women. We have a duty and obligation to honour these commitments," she explains.
To read the article titled, “Gender Bill coming soon,” click here.Source:The Citizen
President Jacob Zuma says that women's representation in local government has decreased after the 2011 elections.
Zuma says this is despite the increase in representation of women in Parliament from 2.7 percent during apartheid to 27 percent after 1994.
Addressing the Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa conference in Mthatha, he pointed out that, "The country missed the opportunity at these elections to advance local government towards a 50/50 gender parity."
To read the article titled, “Fewer women in local government: Zuma,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Malawi's NGO Gender Coordination Network has expressed concern over low female representation in President Joyce Banda's cabinet, in which out of 30 ministers and deputies, only eight are female.
The organisation’s chairperson, Emma Kalia, has been quoted as saying that the low representation of female ministers in the new cabinet is contrary to the Southern African Development Community and Africa Union regulations that call for equal opportunities between men and women.
Kalia further argues that the number of female ministers in the cabinet is getting lower and lower, adding that, currently, there are six female ministers and two deputies against 16 male ministers and seven male deputies.
To read the article titled, “Low female representation in new cabinet irks NGO,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says that if the government is serious about media freedom and access to news for all income groups, it should make sure everyone has access to affordable broadband.
MMA director, William Bird, points out that access to affordable broadband will ensure genuine diversity and involvement and it will force media whose models do not cater for the digital environment to evolve, adding that, “They will have to engage and cater for this growing audience which will have equal access."
His comments come as the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), established to promote media diversity in SA, in a statement to commemorate the Press Freedom Day, criticised the lack of transformation in the print media sector.
To read the article titled, “Cheap broadband paramount to media freedom,” click here.Source:Business Day
Malawian gender activist, Emma Kaliya, says her country is at position eight, while South Africa has clinched the first position on gender development and governance in Southern African Development Community region.
Kaliya, who is executive director of NGO Gender Coordination network, argues that the cancellation of the local polls to 2014 has affected the country's standing.
The NGO only assessed the country on 2009 elections and public as well as private sectors.
To read the article titled, “South Africa scores highly on gender, Malawi # 8,” click here.Source:The Maravi Post
- According to the United Nations (UN), recent elections in East and Southern Africa have left fewer women in politics, placing countries at risk of not meeting equality targets.
Speaking at a women conference in Johannesburg, UN Development Programme director, Bo Asplund, pointed out that, "Elections in the region have shown regression with regard to women's representation in parliament."
Asplund said research has shown that when you have progress on the millennium development goal (MDG) of gender equity, there is automatic progress on two of the other MDGs -- poverty and maternal health.
To read the article titled, “African elections put fewer women in Parliament,” click here.Source:Mail&Guardian