Resources: Papers

At the time of writing, Day Zero has been pushed back to July 2018. At Sonke, we’ve been supporting on-going measures to mitigate the drought and its social effects, and we are actively playing our part to assist in this crisis. Below, we detail how water and gender are inextricably linked – and we suggest practical ways we can all help to lighten the load that women are so often forced to carry.
They said she must wait until the pain gets worse   so did that place where a certain rank of humanity rewards itself hugely for keeping others in their place   management refuses to let a worker go to the clinic she miscarriaging at a till   so says a social media circular adding that her union refused to take up a case of abuse saying they only deal with labour relations (and not with human rights abuses)   They said she must wait
Gender equality is not just about economic empowerment. It is a moral imperative. It is about fairness and equity and includes many political, social and cultural dimensions. It is also a key factor in self-reported well-being and happiness across the world. Many countries worldwide have made significant progress towards gender equality in education in recent decades. Girls today outperform boys in some areas of education and are less likely to drop out of school.
Women’s rights are fundamental to human security and sustainable peace. The African Union’s Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) guarantees the rights and equality of women on the continent and complements the global women, peace and security agenda. But case studies of Malawi, South Sudan, Somalia and Mozambique reveal that the implementation of the Maputo Protocol is slow and patchy.
‘Economic, Governance and Instability in South Africa’ examines the economic and social underpinnings of rising political instability in South Africa such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. The paper then reviews the patterns of violence across different categories before concluding with a brief analysis of the extent to which corruption, poor governance and lacklustre leadership exacerbate social turbulence.
‘Adolescent Boys and Young Men’ highlights the importance of engaging adolescent boys and young men in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality. Not only is this engagement essential to achieve the full equality of women and girls, it also positively impacts the lives of men and boys themselves. This paper establishes a conceptual framework for engaging adolescent boys and young men.
‘Economics, governance and instability in South Africa’ examines the economic and social underpinnings of rising political instability in South Africa such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. The paper then reviews the patterns of violence across different categories before concluding with a brief analysis of the extent to which corruption, poor governance and lacklustre leadership exacerbate social turbulence. For more information, refer to www.issafrica.org.  
This paper explains how and why improved water management on the farm matters for women and girls, and what can be done to better support opportunities for them, as well as for men and boys, in the face of climate change. The authors identify three areas where gender-focused programming needs to address the unique vulnerabilities of women to water (in)security: Women are often at the pinch point of water-related tasks in the home and on the farm, with pressure intensifying around seasonal periods of scarcity in many developing countries.

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