Gender

Canada to participate in Women, Peace and Security meeting in Namibia

11 April 2019 

Canada strongly believes the greater participation by women in peacekeeping will pave the way for a more enduring peace.

On behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), will attend a meeting of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network in Windhoek, Namibia, on April 10 and 11, 2019.
 

 

Amnesty accuses Nordic states of failing rape survivors

3 April 2019 

Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday accused four Nordic countries renowned as bastions of gender equality of having “shockingly high levels of rape” and of failing the victims.

An Amnesty report looked at rape cases in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and said flawed legislation, harmful myths and gender stereotypes had resulted in “endemic impunity” for perpetrators.

Cyclone Idai: The girl who was born in a mango tree

3 April 2019 
 
Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique and Zimbabwe last month, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. But amid the horror are also stories of strength, resilience and survival. Like this one, about a pregnant woman who saved her son from the floods, and then, while clinging on for dear life in the branches of a mango tree, gave birth to her new daughter.
 

Heneiken workers prepare to march against ‘sex for shifts’

4 April 2019
 

Heineken workers are preparing to march against sexual abuse at the beer giant’s Sedibeng brewery.

The Heineken Workers Forum announced this week that it will be marching against an alleged “sex for shifts” system playing out at the brewery.

“Women experience extreme violence because of these unequal power relations,” the statement reads. “Supervisors expect women to give sex for being scheduled in good shifts, get a better job or even just keep the job.
 

United Nations adopts resolution to support Semenya

22March 2019

Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday adopted a resolution tabled by South Africa to defend athlete Caster Semenya's rights to participate in sport.

The resolution, adopted in the 46th session by consensus and without a vote is aimed at eliminating discrimination against women and girls in sport, giving significant global weight from a human rights perspective to Semenya's case.

Nearly 80, but North West man proves you're never too old to study

7 March 2019 

A 79-year-old man who matriculated back in 1966 has registered at the North West University in Vanderbijl Park with the hope of fulfilling his dream to be a teacher.

In a statement published by the university, Jacob Seboko said he felt he "had too much time" on his hands following the passing of his wife 10 years ago and decided to put his time to good use while ensuring that he keeps mentally fit.
 

Sudanese activists call March 7 protests to honour women

7 March 2019

The Sudanese Professional Association, SPA, have announced the latest protest action it says is in honour of women for their participation in the ongoing ‘uprising.’

The March 7 rallies are a ‘tribute to the women movements’ and are billed to happen at a number of rallying points across the country.

SPA, on Wednesday (March 6) published points from which the protests are to be started. This is the first protest recognizing the role of women in what has been dubbed – the Sudan uprising.

Anti-gay laws widespread in Africa, despite gains

21 February 2019

More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved toward legal tolerance, watchdogs say.

Twenty-eight out of 49 countries have laws penalising same-sex relationships, according to Neela Ghoshal, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) specialist in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
 

Hands-on Experience Learning : Embrace

Connecting South Africans around motherhood: Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace
 
Embrace is a national movement to help create connected, supported and celebrated motherhood journeys for all women in South Africa. In this learning brief, we explore key lessons that helped Embrace evolve from a programmatic, city-wide initiative into a national movement for motherhood.
 

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