- Ipas South AfricaPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Tuesday, April 30, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
Ipas seeks to appoint a Data Capturer, based in Johannesburg.
The Data Capturer will be key member of the Ipas South Africa Research and Evaluation (R&E) team.
This is a part-time position for the bulk of data coming in at the end of every quarter.
Satrting date: End of April until June 2014.
- Provide general administrative support to the staff of the R&E team;
- Capture data that goes into the maintenance of existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) databases and production of programme performance reports;
- Any other R&E related activities agreed upon.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related area;
- Demonstrate computer experience, including Microsoft Office Package;
- Demonstrate communications and writing skills;
- Administrative skills;
- English language skills;
- Experience in capturing high volumes of data;
- Data capturing experience – essential;
- Ability to work under pressure and in a diverse environment;
- Team player.
To apply, submit a CV,motivation letter and contact details of three referees to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to: 011 447 8599.
Should you not hear from Ipas by 3 May 2013, consider your application unsuccessful.
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- Citizens eagerly await the announcement of the 2013 elections date along with the execution of the new constitution, which gender activists say contains 75 percent of the demands made by women.
Over three million citizens voted in favour of the Draft Constitution last month, closing the curtain on the arduous four-year long negotiations. The Constitution limits presidential terms to two, guarantees freedom of expression, protects citizens from all forms of violence and promises gender equality. Although positive, activists dub these gains ‘potential' given that rights and privileges on paper do not automatically translate into reality on the ground.
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga the general secretary of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) cautioned: "It is important that we celebrate the road that we have walked as women and the gains we have achieved, but we should realise that there is still work to be done to ensure that women enjoy their rights."
Echoing this sentiment, Netsai Mushonga, the national coordinator of the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) says, "While we applaud the successful end to the constitution-making, this ushers in the more difficult exercise of constitution-building, ensuring that rights become reality for women."
The Final Draft Constitution recognises gender equality as one of the constitutional founding principles and outlaws discrimination. The former Lancaster House Constitution, which has to date co-existed with common law, saw many women and girls being discriminated against based on customary law and tradition, and in the private sphere this reigned supreme.
This prompted WCoZ to start a spirited campaign entitled ‘Ten Reasons Why Women should Vote Yes’. The campaign stated that the draft contained 75 percent of women's demands, namely; recognition of women as equal citizens, adoption of affirmative action, embraces equal property rights for women including rights to land, protection of women from all forms of violence, equal rights for women within marriage and divorce and increased protection for the girl child.
Article 124 of the new Constitution provides that for the life of the first two parliaments "An additional 60 women, six from each of the (10) provinces of Zimbabwe) shall be elected on a proportional representation (PR) basis to the 270 existing National Assembly seats, that are open to both women and men." This guarantees women 18 percent of the seats in parliament through the PR provision, with the possibility of additional seats through the openly contested elections.
The section of the Executive does not specifically guarantee a representation of women in the Presidium. The PR provision in the national assembly does not extend to local government. However, Article 17 b I - "Both genders are equally represented in all institutions and agencies of government at every level" - gives scope for this to be taken up in legislation.
Minister of Local Government Urban & Rural Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo, said at the SADC [Southern African Development Community] Gender Protocol Awards summit in late last month that the Ministry is amending its existing legislation to ensure compliance with that all aspects of the Constitution. He added that although the new Constitution does not guarantee the 50/50 ratio in terms of representation in local government, women councillors should be in a position to be re-elected.
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs Gender & Community Development, Dr Sylvia Utete Masango, noted that with one election to go before the 2015 deadline for gender parity, women need to strategise as ‘no voice means no choice’.
Rights within marriage and upon dissolution aim to protect women from dispossession during divorce or upon the death of their spouse. However, it will be interesting to see how these rights play out, since there were some disclaimers during the constitutional outreach, even by those in support of the 50/50 principle that these rights should only apply in the public sphere and not at family level.
Equal citizenship for women will also bring equal rights to guardianship of children. Currently, women struggle to get paternal relatives to approve applications for travel and identity documents for their children, especially when women are widowed or when couples are estranged.
However, the move to gradually abolish the death penalty curiously contradicts equal citizenship, since women, along with people under 21 and those over 70 are exempt from the penalty. Although this may appear positive for women and citizens in general, it has potential for social backlash due to its inconsistency with the equality principle.
By recognising sexual and reproductive health rights, the Constitution addresses a key challenge that has seen most women having no power of negotiation to determine the start and frequency of child bearing. This better enables women to assert their rights, reduces their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS, and increases access to employment and economic empowerment.
Equality in the social, economic and political sphere will potentially be realised through the provision on gender balance and the call for government and other institutions to ensure full and equal participation of women alongside men. Dr Olivia Muchena, the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, however, reiterates the need for all stakeholders to unite in a continuous campaign to publicise the constitution and to pool resources to ensure effective implementation.
The new Constitution and an equal representation of women and men in commissions such as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the judiciary will help achieve a gradual mainstreaming of gender balance. A new Gender Commission will also oversee the implementation of various regional and international instruments adopted by Zimbabwe like the SADC Gender Protocol.
- Virginia Muwanigwa is the director of the Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre, an award winning journalist and gender and women's rights expert. This article is part of the Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service that provides fresh views on everyday news.
Prominent Zambian gay rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting homosexuality, after appearing live on television to argue for his cause.
Kasonkomona responded by saying that, “I deny the charge, your honour,” in his first court appearance since being detained on charges of soliciting for an ‘immoral purpose’.
The 38-year-old activist was arrested in the capital on 7 April 2013, minutes after he appeared on a live TV show where he openly advocated for gay rights.
To read the article titled, “Gay Zambian activist pleads not guilty,” click here.Source:Independent Online
The Table Mountain Safety Action Group has sought legal advice to see if Table Mountain crime victims can take class action against the South African National Parks and the city.
Head of the group, Andre van Schalkwyk, states that if class action is not feasible, the group will turn to Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
More than 270 people have fallen victim to crime on the Table Mountain range.
To read the article titled, “Row over safety on Table Mountain,” click here.Source:News24
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed satisfaction with the enclosing of toilets in Rammulotsi in the Free State.
SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, points out that, members of the commission, and Moqhaka local municipality and human settlements officials inspected the area, outside Viljoenskroon.
Mangena states that the primary purpose of the inspection was to determine how both organs of state performed in respect of the implementation of recommendations made by the commission in the Rammulotsi report.
To read the article titled, “SAHRC satisfied with progress on closing open toilets,” click here.Source:Mail & Guardian
- Philani Child Health nad Nutrition ProjectPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Wednesday, May 15, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
Philani Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Project is a community based organisation, operating in Khayelitsha, Crossroads, Brown's Farm, Mfuleni, Nyanga, KTC and Delft on the outskirts of Cape Town, providing maternal, child health and nutrition services to these communities. Philani also offers education and training to women, income-generating projects, pre-school, home-based nutrition, child health and mother to be programme, as well as care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children.
Philani Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Project seeks to appoint a Senior Administrator, based in Cape Town.
The person will be part of the organisation's leadership team managing human resources and general administration.
- Prepare contracts and job descriptions for staff;
- Administer leave and attendance;
- Recruitment of staff;
- Manage appraisals and disciplinary processes;
- Manage board and committee meetings;
- Write fundraising proposals and reports;
- Be responsible for general administration, correspondence, annual reports;
- Public relations.
- Tertiary education;
- Minimum of five years experience in human resources, staff management, fundraising, report writing and general administration;
- Writing skills;
- Hard working, disciplined, organized with initiative, leadership skills and common sense;
Starting date: As soon as possible.
To apply, submit a CV with a letter of motivation to email@example.com or fax to: 021 387 5107.
Enquiries: Tel: 021 387 5125.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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Uganda is considering extraordinary measures against women's rights that will see arrests for wearing skirts above the knee in public.
The proposed Anti-Pornography Bill will mark a return to the era of dictator Idi Amin, who banned short skirts by decree.
Meanwhile, many Ugandans are opposed to the idea and it has spawned a Twitter hashtag, #SaveMiniSkirt.
The government-backed Bill would also see many films and television dramas banned and personal Internet use closely monitored by officials.
To read the article titled, “Uganda Bill criminalises miniskirts,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Zambian police have arrested a gay rights activist minutes after he appeared on a live television show to press for same sex marriages.
According to the Zambian police, Paul Kasonkomona was picked up on the night of 7 April 2013 as he stepped out of MUVI TV studios, where he openly advocated for gay rights.
Kasonkomona was charged with ‘inciting the public to take part in indecent activities’, according to police chief, Solomon Jere.
To read the article titled, “Zambia arrests gay rights activist,” click here.Source:Independent Online
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation says the award of the 2013 Templeton Prize to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is an acknowledgement of his spiritual journey on Earth.
The Foundation’s director, Mpho Tutu, describes Tutu as, "…an activist, who for more than forty-years has spoken truth to power. But he is, at heart, a pastor."
The 81-year-old Nobel peace laureate, who rose to fame in the 1980s as a vocal opponent of South Africa's white-minority apartheid regime, would be presented with the award at a ceremony in London next month.
To read the article titled, “Tutu's spirit recognised - foundation,” click here.Source:The Citizen
An international human rights delegation that recently toured Zimbabwe to assess the human rights situation has expressed concern over the non-implementation of agreed electoral reforms.
The group, which is also concerned about the harassment of civic groups and human rights defenders, says that there is increased intimidation, threats and violence against civil society and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and access to information in that country.
The group, which was sponsored by the Robert F Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights, further maintains that the current environment was not conducive for the holding of free and fair elections.
To read the article titled, “Zim not conducive for free, fair polls,” click here.Source:News Day