Some village elders in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland region are still unable to accept a woman as their chief, 17 years after her appointment was approved by President Robert Mugabe.
Die-hard traditionalists in Matabeleland say that although they support the government's policy of gender equality, they will not accept the appointment of female chiefs.
Some elders and villagers still refuse to accept 40-year-old Sinqobile Bahle Mabhena as their chief - simply because she is a woman, stating that in the province it is taboo in their culture for a woman to stand before elders and address them on cultural issues.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwean village elders - 'no female chief',” click here.Source:All Africa
Namibia’s Supreme Court has ruled that government violated the rights of three HIV-positive women when it had them sterilised without their consent.
In a joint press statement, the Namibian Women's Health Network (NWHN) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre state that the court affirmed the high court's ruling in 2012 that the government had subjected the women to coercive sterilisation.
NWHN director, Jennifer Gatsi Mallet, welcomes the ruling, but asserts that the three cases were only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ on HIV Forced Sterilisation Case.
To read the article titled, “Namibia court rules on HIV forced sterilisation case,” click here.Source:All Africa
Independent researcher and analyst, Nomboniso Gasa, says although South Africa has made progress in the advancement of women, more still needs to be done.
Gasa says strides have been made towards women advancement especially in the public sector where women are found in leadership positions.
She however, highlights that the private sector remains behind in ensuring that women are considered in leading positions, adding that institutions in the private sector should be structurally designed for the inclusion of women.
To read the article titled, “There's room for improvement in women advancement,” click here.Source:SABC News
The United Nations (UN) has launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation, as survivors says it has ‘shattered’ their lives.
UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, points out that, "The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation, our generation."
Speaking during his visit to Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Ban also stated that men and boys must be encouraged to support the fight against FGM, adding that they should be praised when they do.
To read the article titled, “Ban launches campaign to end female genital mutilation,” click here.Source:News 24
Rights organisation, Gender Links, says that, "Cultural practices and customary laws in Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) limit women's ability to access, own and control means of production such as land and livestock."
The organisation believes that the inability by women to access means of production has had an impact on their economic independence and ability to move out of poverty.
Statistics indicate that women's access to land for food production is critical to the welfare of the entire region as women are primarily responsible for maintaining households.
To read the article titled, “Tackling gender parity in land reforms,” click here.Source:All Africa
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare says a roll-out programme will be implemented to retain female parliamentarians, increase and achieve 50/50 representation of members of parliament in the national assembly.
Speaking in an interview, Gender Affairs director, Peter Msefula affirms that the programme will focus on training female parliamentarians on how best they can save the interest of the people in their constituencies.
Msefula reiterates that many female parliamentarians pledge a lot of developmental programmes of which they do not manage to implement and this prompts their followers to lose trust in them.
To read the article titled, “Female Parliamentarians key for Malawi Development - Kaliya,” click here.Source:Malawi News Agency Online
The Gender Link’s Western Cape GBV Indicators Study provides the first comprehensive baseline data on violence against women in the province.
The study shows that 39 percent of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and that the same proportion of men admit to perpetrating violence.
It found that most of this violence takes place where all citizens should feel safest - in the home and in communities – and that the highest proportion of violence is the kind for which there is no category in police records - emotional, verbal and economic abuse.
To read the article titled, “GBV Indicators Study - Western Cape Province, SA,” click here.Source:All Africa
Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, says his country was the first to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.
Speaking at the signing of the Protect the Goal Campaign as a sign of commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, Mutharika argues that the policy has significantly reduced the number of children born with HIV and has taken Malawi closer to achieving an HIV free generation.
“Malawi has come a long way in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As a country, we have continued to scale up interventions that work. Already more than seven million people, almost half of the population of this country have been tested for HIV and have received their results,” he adds.
To read the article titled, “Malawi first country to put HIV positive pregnant women on ARVs - APM,” click here.Source:Malawi News Agency Online
The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.Source:SABC News
According to Linda Musariri Chipatiso, it seems incongruous that South Africans celebrate Women's Month, yet stories of conflict and gender-based violence (GBV) flood today's headlines.
In her article titled ‘Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom’, Chipatiso argues that, “Whether it is the abduction of girls in Nigeria, the unending trial of Oscar Pistorius or the young woman raped and murdered last over the weekend because of her sexuality- the horrific immediacy of violence is all too apparent.”
She states that the majority of cases go unreported, unnoticed and justice is not served, adding that it is also evident in conflict and post-conflict situations where rape is often used as a weapon of war.
To read the article titled, “Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom,” click here.Source:All Africa