The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Network on Violence against Women (KZNNVAW) is a nonprofit that aims to advocate for the prevention and eradication of all forms of violence against women, promote gender equality through lobbying, advocacy, capacity building and public awareness rising.
Sonke Gender Justice Network is a NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.
As we roll out 2011 and we ready ourselves again for new struggles, battles left unfinished in past and opportunities ahead, I am afraid that this is the same pattern as of last year and the many years past. In 2010 the announcing of the next 10 years as the decade of the women left a lot to be desired. The calls and numerous statements made to stop gender-based violence, raping of women and children, killing of lesbians and decriminalising same sex coupling, decriminalising of sex work and HIV/AIDS have gone unheard with no response from our leadership in Africa.
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has stated that the number of women MPs has increased to over 50 percent between 1994 and 2009.
According to the SAIRR survey, by 2009 the number of women had increased to 173, or 43 percent of all MPs.
Jacob Zuma and I have a tenuous relationship. A certain rape trial lingers in my memory. Listening to him pipe up about women's rights gives me the same feeling that the more intuitive children of Hamelin might have had about the legendary Pied Piper: a smidgen of suspicion and a self-preserving sum of cynicism.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Rwanda Chapter says it would like to have additional policies and continued advocacy in order to further boost girls' education in that country.
Speaking at an annual general meeting, where the organisation's members received the 2009-2010 report and discussed plans for the following year, FAWE president, Kathy Kantengwa, she was concerned the mindsets of some people are not favorable to girls' education and that needed to change.
According to a damning report issued by the Public Protector, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has deteriorated to the extent that its operations have come to a standstill.
The report, written by the Protector Protector, Thuli Madonsela harshly criticises the senior management of the CGE, and some of its commissioners.
As Women's Month comes to a close, I hope this year's celebration has provided us men an opportunity to reflect about our role in an ongoing struggle facing South Africans today.
It is the struggle to achieve gender equality and the struggle to respect the rights of all women in our country. And as men we should be asking ourselves difficult, unconventional and uncomfortable questions, such as: Does the empowerment of women mean that we should feel threatened?
On 3 March 2001, a gathering organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta-based group consisting of over 50 000 sex workers and members of their communities, was held in India. The result of this gathering subsequently led to sex worker groups across the world celebrating 3 March as International Sex Workers' Rights Day.
If nothing else, President Jacob Zuma's belated apology about his out-of-wedlock child with Sonono Khoza following unprecedented outrage at the way he has demeaned the highest office in the land has shown the power of public opinion in a democracy. We have also established once and for all that the personal is political and that leaders must practice what they preach where HIV and AIDS is concerned.