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Decrease in Women in Leadership: LCN

The Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN) says the number of women in leadership has decreased, even though more women than men are literate and employed.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are holding a forum to assess progress on legislation geared towards equality to commemorate International Women's Day.

A study conducted by NGOs and the European Union found that various laws including the Married Persons Equality Bill and the Land Act have empowered women but a lot still has to be done.

Zim's CSOs on the Edge as Donors Ship Out

The future of Zimbabwe's mainstream civic groups involved in political and human rights advocacy looks uncertain amid indications their traditional sponsors are not keen on renewing their contracts.

It has emerged some of the contracts expire during the first quarter of 2016 with no prospects for further extension.

Most civil society organisations have been left battling to pay salaries let alone finance their operations and this has seen some local non-governmental organisations cut staff or revising contracts in some instances as the struggle to survive gets tougher.

ANC Stalwarts Concerned About the Future of SA

Three organisations representing the African National Congress stalwarts issued a powerful appeal to the ruling party to implement urgent ‘corrective’ actions against state capture and other threats to democracy.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s name – on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation – is listed at the end of the letter that was sent to the National Executive Committee.

e-Toll Equipment Unreliable – OUTA

Anti e-toll group, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says that it has ‘plenty of evidence’ indicating the Gauteng tolling equipment is unreliable.

This comes after roads agency, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) warns that high value corporate e-toll defaulters that they would be issued summonses this week.

However, OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, argues that there can be no consensus for e-toll defaulters.

NGO Criticises SA Over Minimum Wage

Lobby group, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) says that the introduction of a national minimum wage will likely increase the country’s unemployment rate.

In a press statement, the organisation warns that, “Raising the minimum wage and making it applicable nationally, cannot fail to increase unemployment.”

It argues: “Rather than consider a national minimum wage, intended to raise the wages of people who already have jobs, government should be giving its full attention to creating conditions that will lead to an increase in the demand for labour.”

NGOs Team Up to Support People With Albinism

Vision for Life, a programme jointly implemented by Essilor and a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation, Standing Voice, has announced a three-year partnership to dole out protective glasses to over 4 000 children with albinism across six regions in the country.
 
Launching the programme to improve education opportunities for children with albinism in Tanzania, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office - People with Disability, Abdallah Possi, said that the programme will address the specific visual needs of 4 200 children.
 

SJC Demands Justice for Mafevuka

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC says that justice for raped and slain, Sinoxolo Mafevuka, would be the appointment of “qualified‚ competent‚ skilled and experienced South African Police Service (SAPS) personnel” to her case.
 
In a memorandum to Khayelitsha Cluster Commander Major-General JJ Brand, the organisation states that this would help ensure that the ongoing investigation and gathering of evidence in a manner that will guarantee justice for the 21-year-old.
 

Govt to Appeal Al-Bashir Ruling in ConCourt

Government will consider a Constitutional Court appeal following its defeat in a Bloemfontein court on 15 March 2016.
 
Government was appealing a Pretoria High Court ruling which stated that because South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute‚ Al-Bashir should have been arrested when attended the African Union Summit in June.
 
In the same vein, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh‚ executive director of the Southern African Litigation Centre says that they were delighted that the Supreme Court of Appeal had dismissed the government's appeal.

Call to Protect Children From Abuse

Malawi’s former justice of the Child Justice Court, Esmie Tembenu, has stressed the need for the country to protect children from all forms of abuse.

This comes at a time when some non-governmental organisations expressed worry over the delay to adopt the child protection policy.

Tembenu says there is need to protect children from continued abuse and responding to the abuse by taking a child away from the abusive environment.

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