A gender perspective of South Africa's New Growth Path (NGP), 2012 State of National Address (SONA) and the 2012 National Budget presented last week reveals a common threat they are gender blind. These three economic mirrors of SA's short and long term strategies do not reflect the different experiences, let alone the needs of women and men.
The acceptance of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Africa is a battle that is yet to be won. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of an evolving society. In conservative societies where LGBTI's face discrimination, political and traditional leaders must lead in the discussions towards the acceptance of sexual minorities.
This follows the recent homophobic comments made by King Goodwill Zwelithini of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Recent media reports have shown a rise in attacks against lesbian women in townships across South Africa. The nature of the violence includes assault, often with grievous bodily harm, rape, murder or any combination of these. The sexual violence perpetrated against these women has become a particular focal point in media coverage, crudely termed ‘corrective’ or ‘curative rape’.
“Ah! No! What kind of tricks are you playing?! I'm not wearing a nightgown - what is this body? This isn't my body! This isn't happening! Wake up Makhaba, you're dreaming..."
The Gender Equality Bill proposes giving the government the power to force companies to appoint women to half of all top positions.
In her budget speech in Parliament, Women's Minister, Lulu Xingwana, said that the bill would be submitted to the cabinet in March 2012.
Xingwana singled out grocery chain Shoprite, saying it is one of 27 Johannesburg Security Exchange-listed companies without a single woman as a director or executive.
"We have to find measures to address this abnormality, which is a major indictment on transformation," she added.
'The Country We Want to Live in: Hate Crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans' offers a refreshing perspective on violence perpetrated against black lesbians. Bringing together the voices of a diverse grouping of people, this publication provides a set of positions on issues that will have relevance for stakeholders nationally, continentally and globally. The report offers an analysis of the state of affairs concerning lesbian lives in South Africa, but does not it speak on behalf of lesbians.
This story is about a day in the life of a CARE beneficiary as told to and written by Connie Mussumir former Microenterprises/Microfinance Officer for one of CARE Mozambique's programs.
As the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State will be meeting in Windhoek, Namibia next month, the ordinary peoples of Southern Africa will also converge at the Catholic Cathedral Hall in Windhoek from 15-16 August 2010 under the auspices of the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN).
This analysis of sexual violence in war time and post-conflict Africa draws on the case study of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It critically explores and convincingly challenges existing stereotypes and narratives about the nature of sexual violence in conflict settings. By identifying forms of conflict-related violence, and explaining the role of various complex factors, it draws attention to the need for a more nuanced understanding of sexual violence, including its invisible victims.
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ)'s Women PeaceMakers Programme invites four women from around the world who have been locally involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts to participate in a residency programme for women engaged in peace building and human rights. Women accepted into this programme are seeking ways to further their peacemaking efforts in their home countries. These four scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation.