• NGO Raises Funds for Rape Victims

    One women is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds. This alarming statistics and attacks on women seems to be increasingly brutal and fatal, and now a local non-government organisation (NGO) is taking action against these heinous crime.

    Men Against Rape (MAR) are to host a fundraising concert to mark men's month at the Tongaat Town Hall in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, and all proceeds will go towards the organisation in its pursuit to provide support to victims of rape.

    MAR chairperson, Kamal Timmal, says: "We are trying to create an awareness in companies and in school on how men should treat women, and how men should respect women, I mean the perpetrators are men.”

    To read the article titled, “KZN NGO on drive to provide support to rape victims,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Women Sterilised Without Consent

    The Lesotho Chapter of Women and Law - Southern Africa is conducting a study to determine the truth behind reports that HIV-positive women are being sterilised without their consent in public hospitals.

    Various HIV positive women claim that they have had their wombs removed, or fallopian tubes tied, without the consultation after their babies were delivered by caesarean section.

    The Ministry of Health says it is not aware of the situation, and has called on the women to come forward with information.

    To read the article titled, “Study to determine truth behind HIV-positive women sterilisation,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Call for Gender Parity in Mozambique

    Mozambican non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged political parties to select equal numbers of men and women on their lists of parliamentary candidates for the general elections scheduled for 15 October 2014.

    The appeal, issued by a range of organisations including Gender Links, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa), and JOINT (League of NGOs in Mozambique), reminds the parties that, under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development, at least 50 percent of decision-making posts in both public and private sectors in SADC member states should be occupied by women by 2015.

    The NGOs state that none of the three parliamentary parties - the ruling the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) have a woman as either their president or their general secretary.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs call for gender parity,” click here.

    All Africa
  • 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.

    To read the article titled, “Women still marginalised in Africa: Mahlathi,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Zim Women Urged to Stop Using Contraceptives

    Zimbabwe's registrar general, Tobaiwa Mudede, has advised the country's women to stop using contraceptives.

    Speaking at the Africa Day celebration on 25 May 2014 in the country’s capital Harare, Mudede described the promotion of birth control measures as a ‘ploy’ by western nations to retard population growth in Africa.

    He further added that the use of these contraceptives made women more vulnerable to the risk of developing cancer, and should be stopped.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe Registrar General's claim that contraception causes cancer is misleading and alarmist,” click here.

    All Africa
  • POWA: Legal Services and Advocacy Programme Manager

    People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 13, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) is a women’s rights organisation that aims to create space for women to enjoy their fundamental human rights in a free and safe environment.

    POWA seeks to appoint a Legal Services and Advocacy Programme Manager, based in Berea, Johannesburg.

    This is a one-year renewable contract position.

    • Manage and oversee the direct legal services and advocacy work;
    • Manage and oversee school sexual violence programme;
    • Conduct community human rights workshops;
    • Network and build strategic alliances with partners;
    • Fundraise and control expenditure within agreed budgets;
    • Develop National, Regional and International advocacy strategies;
    • As part of a management team contribute to the development and implementation of the organisation strategy.
    • Degree in law and experience in gender-based violence;
    • Minimum of three years experience in the South African women’s rights sector;
    • Demonstrated management experience for a minimum of two years;
    • Experience in networking, fundraising and liaising with the donor community;
    • Knowledge of national, regional and international advocacy on women’s rights;
    • Ability to engage in media representation;
    • Ability to carry high workload and work under pressure;
    • Commitment to advancing women’s rights;
    • Excellent written and spoken English;
    • High level of computer literacy;
    • Driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter (outlining how you fit the job requirements) and the name and full contact details (telephone, fax and e-mail) of three recent referees to The Hiring Committee, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), Email: winnie@powa.co.za, fax to 011 4843195

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Tel; 011 642 4345/6
    If you have not heard from POWA by 20 June 2014 consider your application unsuccessful.

    Shortlisted candidates will be expected to submit written work.

    For more about People Opposing Women Abuse, refer to www.powa.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.


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  • Limited Access to Contraceptives Increases Abortion

    According to the Department of National Health, two-thirds of sexually active women in South Africa use contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancy, yet almost 90 000 abortions were performed in government clinics and hospitals in the 2012-2013 financial year, almost 20 000 more than the previous year.

    Andrea Thompson from Marie Stopes South Africa, a non-governmental organisation that offers reproductive health services at reduced rates, points out that the organisation has experienced ‘a slight decline in women seeking abortions’.

    Thompson further adds that, “We have provided one percent fewer abortion services since January this year compared to the same period last year.”  

    To read the article titled, “Contraceptives: South Africans are still out of the loop,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO: Malawi Women Have No Land Rights

    Malawi’s Nsanje Kuchene Women Forum has said despite women being the major agricultural producers in the country, they remain largely absent at all levels of policy-making, project formulation and management of land.
    The forum's president, Mary Namalomba, notes that under Malawi's formal law, women and men have the right to own land, individually or jointly with others, and the Constitution prohibits gender discrimination.
    “However, cultural biases often prevent women from enjoying equal access, control, and ownership of land despite being the major agricultural producers. In practice women do not have land rights because of socio-economic obstacles such as lack of education, and lack of resources to buy or lease land,” explains Namalomba.
    To read the article titled, “Women have no land rights,” click here.

    All Africa
  • MOSAIC: Training Coordinator - MenCare+

    MOSAIC Training, Service and Healing Centre for Women
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 9, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
     MOSAIC is a well-known organisation in Cape Town that delivers an array of programmes and support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

    MOSAIC seeks to appoint a Training Coordinator for the MenCare+ Programme, based in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
    The Training Coordinator will report to the MenCare+ Programme Manager and will be responsible for the effective planning and facilitation of training workshops.
    This is a contract position and is based on the programme funding cycle.
    • Implement and coordinate training activities relating to MOSAIC’s Mencare+ programme;
    • Facilitate training of trainers workshops based on established training materials;
    • Facilitate training workshops on Male Counselling Toolkit;
    • Supervise and mentor trainers who will implement the training of the Male Counselling Toolkit;
    • Assist the Programme Manager and other programme staff in the development and design of programme materials and workshop content;
    • Assist the Programme Manager to facilitate internal capacity development sessions;
    • Write and submit timely, informative, high quality and comprehensive reports using approved standards and formats;
    • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships to ensure ownership and sustainability and expanding cooperation;
    • Support effective realisation of outcomes by contributing to implementation, substantive refinement and monitoring and evaluation of project progress;
    • Identify additional key stakeholders to be included in programme activities;
    • Operate within outlines programme activity budget;
    • Other related duties and assignments.
    • Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent, post graduate degree will be advantageous;
    • Clear understanding of the role of men in the field of gender-based-violence and ability to debate the issues;
    • Knowledge of GBV is essential;
    • Minimum of three years’ experience in a training and facilitation role in an NGO environment
    • Experience in developing and designing workshop materials and content;
    • Experience in working on large and complex donor funded programmes is advantageous;
    • Advanced computer skills;
    • Communication and report writing skills;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
    • Ability to assume a supervision role and coordinate;
    • Ability and willingness to travel;
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV with three contactable referees to admin@mosaic.org.za / The HR Manager, MOSAIC at: PO Box 18460, Wynberg, 7824 or fax to 0866 748 017.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Should you not be contacted within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. MOSAIC retains the right to not make an appointment for this vacancy.

    For more information about MOSAIC, refer to http://mosaic.org.za/main

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.


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  • MISA Criticises SADC Over Inequality

    The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has noted that women are still not being considered as news makers in most countries in the Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) region.

    MISA Lesotho national director, Tsebo Mats’asa, says statistics show that women were not still not news makers in the region as such there is need to continue putting interventions that will ensure that women’s voices are heard.

    Mats’asa says it is for this reason that MISA is carrying out activities such as capacity-building and sensitisation of media practitioners and women to ensure women’s views were heard.

    To read the article titled, “MISA bemoans gender inequality,” click here.

    Times of Zambia
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