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    Take a stand! Don’t forward violence.

    28 Feb 2011

    How many times have you received a forwarded message that contains photographs or a video of someone being violated or humiliated? What do you do with it? Do you pass it on? Or do you stop its spread? Do you forward? Or do you delete? More »

    Women’s Voices at the World Social Forum

    14 Feb 2011


    Marching in the streets of Dakar. Credit: Abdullah Vawda/IPS

    Read, listen and look at what happened during a week of debate and exchange at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Senegal at the IPS TerraViva multi-media, multi-lingual news site. A team of African reporters contributed daily news from Dakar, made available to readers in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahili.

    IPS TerraViva covered the agenda for women’s rights and empowerment at WSF through news reports and interviews.

    In an interview with TerraViva, Norah Matovu-Winyi, Executive Director of African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), explains the most pressing issues for women in Africa and how important is for them to share experiences and ideas at WSF, “it is the greatest solidarity mechanism for women,” she says. More »

    Raising the Visibility of Women in Politics

    15 Dec 2010

    IPS Africa Director Paula Fray speaking on Women and Elections to Sudanese female politicians.

    IPS Africa Director Paula Fray speaking on Women and Elections to Sudanese female politicians.

    Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa hosted a delegation of members of the Sudanese Women Parliamentarians Caucus at the IPS headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The women representatives were on a UNIFEM-supported capacity building tour. IPS regional director Paula Fray outlined the organisation’s Women in Politics programme which seeks to build the voice and visibility of women politicians on the continent.

    Apart from producing a range of training tools for women in politics, the UNIFEM-funded programme also trains gender trainers in the southern Africa region.

    The training tools are available in English, French and Portuguese with a Reporting Elections Checklist also available in Arabic. For more information, visit the Africa From Polls to Polls site.

    “Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online”, IPS/APC Media Roundtable

    16 Nov 2010

    banner_16_daysThe United Nations estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyber-stalking are predominantly female.

    Popular social networking websites include information such as your email address, phone number, address information, birthday, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on your location. This could be very good information for one to connect with like-minded people, but could also act as a source of information for perpetrators of violence. More »

    In Women’s Words – Equal Equity

    21 Jun 2010

    equal-equity-picJune 21, 2010. In this Podcast:

    * The International Bar Association calls for more female lawyers at the International Criminal Court.

    * Ethiopia’s ruling party maintains gender quota during  recent elections but gender activists cry foul.

    *  and a Zambian farmer and entrepreneur plants a small seed for female small holder farmers. 

    In Women’s Words – Mind over Matter

    10 Jun 2010

    mindJune 10, 2010. In  this podcast:

    * Congolese women still endure high levels of sexual violence

    * Pregnant mothers’ mental health overlooked in South Africa

    * and Zambian women networking to gain life skills.


    In Womens Words – One step forward, two steps back

    25 May 2010

    mdgroud12_sMay 24, 2010 – In this  podcast you will hear about:

    * New family law sent back for review in Mali

    * More women screened for cancer in Mauritius

    * and African feminists oppose a campaign  to “Adopt an African Clitoris”.


    In Women’s Words – Sexual Politics

    17 May 2010

    credit: IRIN

    credit: IRIN

    May 17, 2010 – In this podcast:

    * Fewer female candidates elected in Mauritius

    * Hope fades for recognition of gay rights in Zimbabwe

    * Women still at the margins of peace negotiations

    * and one feminist’s quest to help Malawian women speak openly about their sexuality.


    In Women’s Words: Electing Alternatives

    11 May 2010


    Photo Credit: IPS

    May 10, 2010 – In this podcast:

    * A winning vote for women in Sudan’s controversial multiparty elections;

    * Zambian women’s struggle for constitutional reforms;

    * Domestic worker rights legislated but not protected in South Africa.