• Media Urged to Give Women Voices

    Women Parliamentarians in Zimbabwe have urged the country to promote females in politics in order to bridge the gap between them and their male counterparts who hold the bulk of positions of authority in political parties and government.

    The women decried lack of media attention and accused some sections of the media of always pulling them down through stereotyped coverage which portrayed them as less influential in the administration of the country.

    Information deputy minister and Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus (ZWPC) chairperson, Monica Mutsvangwa, argues that the country's media should be seen as getting to the forefront of enhancing women's participation in politics and governance processes.

    To read the article titled, “Media urged to give women voices,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: Fundraising & Communications Officer

    The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers rape survivors in all its interventions.  The Rape Crisis Cape Town’s mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence by reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, encouraging reporting of rape incidents and facilitating the active engagement of communities in challenging high rape rates and flaws in the criminal justice system. The Trust plan to achieve this through coordinated action between our three main programmes: (1) the Road to Justice, (2) the Road to Recovery and (3) Making Change.
    The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust seeks to appoint a part-time Fundraising and Communications Officer, based in Observatory, Cape Town.

    The Fundraising and Communications Officer will be responsible for the following tasks under the supervision of the Communications Coordinator.


    • Adhere to social media strategies implemented by the Communications Coordinator and ensure these platforms showcase the work of Rape Crisis by posting and providing content to the Communications Coordinator regularly;
    • Respond to any inquiries from the public in a professional and timely manner or refer to the appropriate staff member;
    • Assist the Communications Coordinator in raising awareness about rape and about services provided by Rape Crisis;
    • Liaise with journalists about interviews on radio, television, online and traditional newspapers and set up interviews with relevant spokespersons in line with the protocol;
    • Source content for the Rape Crisis blog and send regularly to the Communications Coordinator.
    • Assist with the development of  materials that inform communities about Rape Crisis services and actively engage with programme staff to ensure the distribution thereof;
    • Actively engage with programme staff to ensure that content for Facebook posts and newsletters showcase the work of programmes and are sent to the Communications Coordinator timeously.
    • Ensure that all communications expenses are cleared by the Communications Coordinator and are documented;
    • Adhere to the organisation’s Finance Policy and Procedures Manual;
    • Keep tight control of marketing materials and document all incoming and outgoing stock.
    • Assist the Communications Coordinator to manage the database of individual donors;
    • Document all donations and draft thank you letters weekly in line with protocol;
    • Liaise with the Director regarding upcoming donor reports and the photographs and written pieces that will be required for these;
    • Assist with campaigns on fundraising platforms.
    Human resources
    • Manage enquiries from and offer support to potential interns and volunteers;
    • Live the core values of the organisation;
    • Identify self-development priorities and training and support needs;
    • Adhere to the organisation’s Staff and Volunteer Policies;
    • Maintain regular contact with the Communications Coordinator and send a daily update of tasks completed.
    • Assist the Director with logistical arrangements for Board meetings;
    • Assist the Director to convene the Annual General Meeting;
    • Assist the Communications Coordinator to distribute the Annual Report.
    • The ideal person for this job would be someone who has strong computer skills (including experience with various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, etc.), has strong communication skills both verbally and in writing, has excellent attention to detail and accuracy, manages time and meets deadlines, establishes and maintains effective relationships with people at all levels and who can work independently without direct supervision;
    • Matric and preferable qualification or experience in Communications, PR , marketing or fundraising;
    • Strong computer literacy and knowledge of social media platforms;
    • Driver’s licence and own car an advantage.
    Remuneration: This is a part-time position. The salary will be between R3 500 - R5 000 per month depending on skills and experience. 

    The position is available from 1 February 2015.

    To apply, submit the following to the Communications Coordinator at sarah@rapecrisis.org.za
    1. A brief Curriculum Vitae, not longer than three (3) pages
    2. A covering letter that outlines how the candidate fits the job requirements
    3. The names and full contact details (telephone, fax and e-mail) of two recent referees
    4. Short task to be sent along with application: Create a Facebook post for Rape Crisis for National Women’s Day (for example, a few lines of text and an image)
    If you do not hear from us by 31 January, you should consider your application unsuccessful.
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
    For more about Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, refer to www.rapecrisis.org.za

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


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  • Child Trafficking on the Rise - UNDOC

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) says that one third of human trafficking victims are children, and their share has been rising.

    In its latest report, the UNDOC explains that the problem is most acute in Africa and the Middle East, where the majority of trafficked people are boys and girls.

    The report acknowledges that human trafficking is a global phenomenon. acknowledges that human trafficking is a global phenomenon. UNODC has collected information about victims from 152 countries, who have been forced into sex work, forced labour and other activities against their will in 124 countries.

    To read the article titled, “Trafficking of children on the rise, says UN,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Village Rejects a Woman as Chief

    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.

    All Africa
  • Court Rules on HIV Forced Sterilisation Case

    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.

    All Africa
  • SA Urged to Do More to Empower Women

    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.

    SABC News
  • UN Launches Campaign to End FGM

    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.

    News 24
  • Zambia Tackles Gender Parity in Land Reforms

    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.

    All Africa
  • Malawi Set to Implement Programme to Retain Female Parliamentarians

    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.

    Malawi News Agency Online
  • GBV Indicators Study for Western Cape

    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.

    All Africa
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