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    In Women’s Words: Rights Denied

    30 Apr 2010

    18 year old Rachel Manda from Malawi hopes to avoid early marriage through education. Credit:Deborah Sprowson/IPS

    18 year old Rachel Manda from Malawi hopes to avoid early marriage through education. Credit:Deborah Sprowson/IPS

    Apr 29, 2010 – In this podcast you will hear about:

    * Indiscriminate attacks on women by Al-Shabaab in southern Somali

    * Civil society concerns that a new agriculture fund will not reach women

    * Controversy over Nigerian senator’s marriage to a 13-year-old child

    * Poverty forces Malawian girls out of school


    In Women’s Words: Unhealthy Politics

    20 Apr 2010

    IPS/ Zack Paddorf

    IPS/ Zack Paddorf

    Apr 20, 2010 – In this podcast you will hear of:

    * A new Women’s Health Commission aimed at combating infant and maternal mortality in West Africa.

    *A continued struggle by Sudanese women to gain a foot in the door, during the country’s multiparty elections.

    * and a  new anthology giving voice to “othered” women in South Africa.


    In Women’s Words: Is Polygamy still relevant?

    18 Feb 2010

    20100218_mdg3_polyFeb 18, 2009 – In this podcast you will hear of:

    * A second attempt by Ugandan Activists who want their law makers to abolish polygamy.
    * An open discussion on the relevance of Polygamy in South Africa
    and small initiative by Lesotho women to  create employment for themselves.


    In Women’s Words: Gender Parity?

    04 Feb 2010

    Credit: IRIN

    Credit: IRIN

    Feb. 4, 2010 – In Women’s Words focuses on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for 2009, which ranked – Lesotho and South Africa in the top ten of countries globally, who have made significant gains in achieving gender parity.

    It’s the first time the two countries feature in the Index’s top ten, in 6th and 10th positions respectively.


    In Women’s Words: A Hard Pill to Swallow

    14 Dec 2009

    Credit: Samantha Smit/IPS

    Credit: Samantha Smit/IPS

    Dec 14, 2009 – In this week’s podcast you will hear of:

    * a young girl’s daily struggle to survive…
    * how South Africa’s progressive gender laws only live on paper
    * and how changes to the law in Egypt are slowly empowering women.


    16 Days of ‘Changing the River’s Flow’, SAfAIDS Hosts National Discussion Forum

    02 Dec 2009

    appunti012Pretoria, South Africa 1 December 2009

    During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) will host a Discussion Forum on the 3rd of December 2009 at the Lynnwood Conference Centre in Lynwood, Pretoria.

    The Discussion Forum is convened on the topic ‘empowering men as a strategy to empower women’ and aims to attract participation from civil society, government, academics and the media.

    Violence against women (VAW) has been termed “the single most visible indicator of the unequal power relations between men and women”. In Africa, VAW is largely driven by harmful cultural and traditional beliefs and practices. Research shows that experiencing violence, whether in the private or public domain, significantly increases a woman’s risk of contracting HIV.

    There is a growing realisation among stakeholders that unless they take into consideration the role played by harmful cultural practices and VAW in HIV transmission, the most well-intentioned efforts cannot meaningfully address the HIV epidemic.

    Realising that violence against women has achieved epidemic proportions and that concrete actions need to taken to stem the tide, more groups and individuals, including men and boys, are getting involved in efforts to prevent and address the violations of women’s human rights. As well as action by individuals, communities and organisations, there has also been significant progress at national level as many countries have adopted laws and comprehensive action plans.

    The objectives of the discussion are to provide an overview of the violence against women epidemic in South Africa as well as to discuss how important it is to involve men at all levels in VAW mitigation and prevention efforts, and consequently in the reduction of HIV prevalence in southern Africa.

    Key to the discussion will be the sharing of Best Practices and research findings around men’s involvement from presenters and stakeholders working in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

    It is hoped that at the end of the Discussion Forum participants will be able to appreciate the importance of involving men in interventions and programmes aimed at realising a reduction in VAW and HIV rates in the region.

    For more information on this Discussion Forum please contact:
    Petronella Mugoni at petronella@safaids.net
    You can also call +27 12 361 0889/0899

    Q&A: ‘You Have To Be Educated To Be A Leader’

    30 Nov 2009

    Eunice Wanjiru interviews DEMITIRI MUKANDASHIMIYE, nurse, Nyamata Health Centre

    BUGESERA DISTRICT, Rwanda, Nov 30 (IPS) – Traffic flowing in and out of her office, each interruption addressed with effortless calm, the nurse in charge of Hospitalisation and Immunisation at Nyamata Health Center in Bugesera District, is a confident woman in her element.

    Settling down to talk to us in her small office – an examination bed in one corner, a file cabinet opposite, a long wooden table holding hospital equipment like thermometers, a stethoscope and a few documents – Demitiri Mukandashimiye, gazes across her neatly arranged work desk. 

    The bulk of her work, she says, consists of admitting pregnant mothers and immunising infants. And following up on the mothers to ensure they don’t skip any immunisation days.  More »


    RIGHTS: Nigeria Failing To End Discrimination Against Women

    28 Nov 2009


     Salma Ahmad Kano

    KANO, Nov 28 (IPS) – Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985 without reservations. But few of its citizens have ever heard of the document. Day-to-day life for women in Nigeria is shaped less by international conventions than it is by the diverse cultures, traditions and religions found in the country.

    Hauwa Usman* is a recently-widowed woman from Fanisau village near the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Slim and dark-skinned, this young woman’s face carries signs of long, exhausting emotional strain. She says she was born during the Murtala Muhammed regime, making her 33 or 34 – a little older than CEDAW. 

    Article 16 of CEDAW confirms that men and women have the same right to choose a spouse and to enter into marriage; it also says that the marriage of a child has no legal force – instead requiring that laws specifying a minimum age for marriage be passed.  More »

    Q&A: CEDAW – Signed, Sealed and Largely Left on the Shelf

    27 Nov 2009

    Ebrima Sillah interviews OUMOULKHAIRY KANE, head of the Association for the Defence of Women’s Rights in Mauritania

    NOUAKCHOTT,  Nov 27 (IPS) – Mauritania formally adopted the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in 2001, but in the eight years since, it has had limited effect on the status of women.

    Human rights lawyer Oumoulkhairy Kane spoke to IPS by phone from Nouakchott about conservative resistance, politicians fearful of crossing powerful clerics, and the work that lies ahead in achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality in Mauritania.  More »