- Job title:Gender Issues UnitOrganisation:Consultancy Africa IntelligenceEmail:gender [dot] issues [at] consultancyafrica [dot] com
- International human rights groups are reporting increases in hate crimes against gays and lesbians across Africa.
Denis Nzioka, one of East Africa’s most prominent gay rights activists, points out that, “We have seen an upsurge of violence, of discrimination.… You’ve got guys in Cameroon being arrested; you’ve got guys in Nigeria being killed for being gay. It’s happening all over Africa.”
In South Africa, according to Natasha Vally of Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, a particularly worrying phenomenon in Africa is, “Police homophobia.… Police are increasingly using arrest itself as a means of punishment. So we’ve seen in lots of these cases it doesn’t appear that the police have the intention to prosecute at all.”
To read the article titled, "Africa’s gays say they’re ‘under siege," click here.Source:VOA News
- The Sonke Gender Justice Network intends applying for a court order against African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema, for neither filing appeal papers relating to the hate speech ruling against him nor paying the R50 000 fine ordered by the court.
The organisation’s government and media relations manager, Mbuyiselo Botha, points out that Malema’s legal team missed dates to file papers for appeal and have also failed to apply for condonation.
Botha and the network took Malema to the Equality Court for saying the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape had asked for food and taxi money after having a ‘nice time’.
To read the article titled, “Group to apply for order against Malema,” click here.Source:News24
- Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has reported that more than 30 women were raped in a coordinated attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on new year's day.
In a press statement, Annemarie Loof, an official with the medical aid organisation, points out that, “Women had been restrained with ropes or beaten unconscious with the butt of a gun before being attacked, some in front of their children."
Loof further says that up to four armed men were involved at a time and homes and shops were looted, adding that MSF teams treated 14 women at the hospital in Fizi on 3 January, and 19 the next day.
"People are fleeing the area fearing further violent attacks," explains Loof.
To read the article titled, “More than 30 women raped and beaten in DRC attack,” click here.Source:Mail&Guardian
- Human rights activists say gay people across Africa are facing an unprecedented wave of persecution powered by fundamentalist religion.
Africa coordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Monica Mbaru, points out that, "It has never been harder for gays and lesbians on the continent."
In Uganda, a pending bill would execute repeat ‘offenders’ in same-sex relations and imprison others for life. People who fail to report a homosexual, even parents and teachers, would face three years in jail, and those who "promote" homosexuality five to seven years.
To read the article titled, “Anti-gay attacks soaring in Africa,” click here.Source:UPI.com
- Gender Links has called on government to declare a state of emergency in the fight to end gender-based violence GBV).
The organisation says countless research studies now show that the problem is overwhelming and the response is insufficient, especially when measured against the target of halving gender violence by 2015 in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.
Contrary to government’s view that this year’s 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign was a success, Gender Links Gender and Violence specialist, Loveness Jambaya, thinks that political leaders from various political parties have not taken the campaign to heart.
To read the article titled, “Gender Links calls for state of emergency against gender violence,” click here.Source:SABC News
- People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) says it is concerned about the large number of sexual offences that go unreported in South Africa.
POWA executive director, Nonhlanhla Mokwena, points out that while the decrease in the number of sexual offences is encouraging, optimism over the figure must be balanced against the knowledge that some women do not report that they have been raped.
Mokwena states that, "There are a huge number of women who are not going to police stations to report cases because they do not have trust in the justice system."
To read the article titled, “Police, NGOs want more done for rape survivors,” click here.Source:All Africa
- The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) has written an open letter to the national director of public prosecutions (NPA), Menzi Simelane, expressing its ‘grave concern’ about his decision to prosecute the female learner in the Jules High School sexual offences matter.
SASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, is of the view that the constitutional right of the female learner will be violated in the event of her being prosecuted.
Naidoo has urged the NPA to reconsider its decision, and to ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to protect this girl from further harm, while it reviews not just her prosecution but the policy in relations to such prosecutions.
To read the full letter titled, “Open letter to Menzi Simelane: Jules High School case,” click here.Source:CASAC
- To commemorate 16 Days of Activism Against Violence and Abuse of Women and Children, SANGOCO Western Cape invites you to participate in a march to be held on 9 December 2010, to express our concern around violence and the abuse of women and children and to lobby and advocate for women and children’s rights.
Join the march at 10h00 at the Mosque in Muir Street, Keizersgracht, where an initial rally will be held. We will then march to the office of the Premier and the Ministry for Women, Children and People with Disabilities to express our concerns. The march will end with a vigil at the Central Methodist Church.
If you want to get involved or make a contribution to the march, please contact the secretariat at 021 447 6388, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or attend stakeholder planning meeting on 18 November 2010 (10h00 - 13h00) at SANGOCO at 45 Salt River Road.
20th Anniversary of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – 25 November to 15 December 2010.
To view other events, click here.Event start date:09/12/2010Event end date:09/12/2010Event venue:Muir Street Mosque, Keizersgracht
- Women's Action for Development (WAD) has launched the Men's Action against Violence (MAAV), a countrywide programme aimed at addressing male violence against women and children in Windhoek, Namibia.
WAD executive director, Veronica de Klerk, says that the increasing number of violent acts against women and girls, “Need to be addressed from another angle namely by educating and sensitising men and boys about this social evil".
De Klerk states that WAD's involvement on the ground with communities during the past has revealed that many men believe violence against women is mainly an expression of anger and frustration as a consequence of their bloated egos, their frustrations due to unemployment or the fact that they have witnessed brutal physical violation and disrespect towards their mothers by their fathers as young boys.
To read the article titled, “WAD plans to curb plague of violence,” click here.Source:All Africa