Thinking Beyond Numbers in the Quest for Total Women Empowerment

We should use the women month to affirm women of the country and reflect on the success that the country has made in ensuring that women play the rightful role in the society. Women can draw strength from the courageous 1957 generation.  We should appreciate various transformation policies and legislation that our country has promulgated in the quest to redress the gender disparities.  I guess it’s time to start thinking beyond numbers and the redressing phase.

Women Entrepreneurial Skills Not Fully Supported

While on a work assignment to administer monitoring and evaluation questionnaires on the progress of the SADC protocol on gender and development in Midvaal one of Gauteng’s town I was disappointed to see the struggles of local women entrepreneurship. It made me realise that entrepreneurship policies are not fully gender responsive.

Ethiopian Women Fear Human Trafficking

Women in Ethiopia live under constant fear of violence, illness, hunger and poverty but they are now also facing a new threat - human trafficking, according to veteran women's rights campaigner Bogaletch Gebre.

Although a state-led industrial drive has transformed Ethiopia into one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, a third of its 99 million citizens still survive on less than $1.90 a day - the World Bank's measure of extreme poverty.

Warning on Cancer Deaths Explosion

Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030 -- roughly the population of Denmark.

This represented a near 60-percent increase in less than two decades, said an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society (ACS), released Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris.

As the global population grows and ages, the highest toll will be among women in poor and middle-income countries, it said, and much of it from cancers which are largely preventable.

Women, Youth, Let Down by NGOs – Adamu

Peter Adamu in his article titled ‘Women and youth activism a let-down’, says that he has the opinion that the work and voice of human rights and civil rights activists has been compromised by the political happenings in Zambia.

Adamu argues that he has always echoed the need for people especially those working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or civil society organisations (CSOs) to be sober and focused on the work they are meant to do.

What About the Women?

The 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) yielded no surprises when President Jacob Zuma failed to single out South African women as a vulnerable group, much less present reforms constructed to address injustices against women.

The SONA is meant to set out the government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead, which is the basis for executive action during that calendar year. These objectives inform budget allocation and service delivery and they should affect the realisation of women's rights and impact on their social and economic position.

Preventing the Scourge of Gender-Based Violence

It is estimated that one in five women in South Africa are victims of gender-based violence (GBV) annually. This chilling statistic alone should be enough to indicate that there is a need to stand up and stamp out the prevalence of GBV in society. But when we consider that the violence carried out is often directed at women and children who comprise a significant proportion of our country’s youth, it becomes a critical matter of safeguarding our future.

The Justice System is Failing Women

Oscar Pistorius is out of jail after serving one year of a five year sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. He is under house arrest in his uncle's Waterkloof home, an upmarket Tshwane suburb. Unless the state appeal to turn his culpable homicide conviction into murder succeeds, he will literally have gotten away with murder.

Women’s Action for Development Grows

Women’s Action for Development (WAD), a Namibian non-governmental organisation started by the indefatigable Veronica de Klerk, has reached more than 50 000 members.

WAD members carry forward the drastic efforts to reach less privileged women, young people and the poorest of the poor across the 13 regions of Namibia.

Sketching their 21-year history of commitment, the WAD executive director, Salatiel Shinedima, describes WAD as a Self-Help organisation which follows a two-pronged programme based on the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of rural women and men.


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