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    Enhancing Women’s Dignity, New Video by TrustAfrica

    12 Sep 2011

    IPS is happy to share with its readers a new, inspiring video recently released by TrustAfrica.

    The film features TrustAfrica project “Enhancing Women’s Dignity”, and gives insight on some of the work done to build capacity to curb violence against women and increase women’s political participation. The work is being realised with funds from the Dutch MDG3 Fund.

    The video can be accessed here

    To learn more about TrustAfrica MDG3 project, visit the webpage.

    War Survivors: Body Politics and Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange

    05 Sep 2011

    Isis-WICCE activities in the community livelihood projects in Soroti and Pader.

    By Wendy Harcourt*

    It is hard to recall that just a couple of decades ago rape as a weapon of war was an unspeakable subject. The appalling violations of women and children during wartime were hidden from view. Millions of women bore the brutality, humiliation, pain debilitating physical and psychological scars with no support and too often complete rejection of their community.

    Unfortunately rape in war continues but it is no longer silenced. It is upfront as one of the gravest rights abuses now punishable by criminal courts. In 2008 the UN Resolution 1820 (2008), stated that “rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity or a constitutive act with respect to genocide”.  The resolution calls not only for monitoring and prosecution of warring factions but also for a crackdown on peacekeepers who exploit women and children during times of conflict. More »

    Women’s Learning Partnership: The Arab Spring Feminist Style

    29 Aug 2011

    Women in the forefront of protests in Tahrir Square. Credit:Mohammed Omer/IPS

    By Wendy Harcourt*

    The Arab Spring has taken the global imagination. The Arab Spring has brought about political changes in post-revolution countries (Tunisia and Egypt), in countries currently undergoing popular, and often armed revolts (Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, and Libya) and in countries where some type of reform movement is taking place (Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, and to a lesser extent, Lebanon). But how did the use of ICTs, twitter and Facebook reach youth and in particular women in the MENA region? How did young people and women find the tools and spaces to speak about democracy and women’s rights, in cultures that barely recognize their social and political rights? How did they find the courage to go onto the streets in deviance of autocratic and repressive regimes? More »

    Donor Base for UN Women Continues to Widen

    29 Aug 2011

    Lakshmi Puri. Credit U.N.

    Sunaina Perera interviews Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 12 (IPS ) – The donor base for UN Women has continued to widen since the new UN entity was established last year,  according to Lakshmi Puri,  Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

    Puri, who  is responsible for leadership and management of the Bureau supporting inter-governmental bodies, UN coordination and external relations, said that Spain remains the  largest donor for total resources (core and noncore) while the UK recently announced an increase from 3 to 10 million pounds and thus became the second largest core donor. More »

    Dispatch from Kibera, East Africa’s Largest Slum

    19 Aug 2011

    Photo Essay by Aline Cunico

    (IPS/Aline Cunico)(IPS/Aline Cunico)

    Considered one of the biggest slums in the world, Kibera is Nairobi’s–and East Africa’s–largest urban settlement. Over one million people struggle daily to meet basic needs such as access to water, nutrition and sanitation. In this community lacking education and opportunities, women and girls are most affected by poverty.

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    Breaking the silence: Stories from Fiji and South Africa, AWID

    08 Aug 2011

    By Wendy Harcourt*

    How do sex workers speak out in an increasingly violent island state where authoritarian decrees make their work illegal? How do women who have been violated find the courage to speak out when deep control of women’s sexuality and femininity is emblazoned as part of a nation’s culture?

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    Gender Activists say African Organisations Should Focus More on Gender When They Gather for Talks

    01 Jul 2011

    Noma Neseni. Credit: IPS/Zukiswa Zimela

    Noma Neseni. Credit: IPS/Zukiswa Zimela

    Gender activists say African organisations should focus more on gender when they gather for talks.


    Do more than talk say gender activists

    01 Jul 2011


    Gender activists at the fifth SADC water dialogue, in Swaziland, say the time for talking about gender and poverty reduction is past; they say action is now needed to address the needs of the poor in Africa.


    In Women’s Words – Edith Nawakwi now wants to be Zambia first woman president

    24 Jun 2011

    Edith Nwakwi says Zambia needs to uplift its women traders to the middle classes  Credit: Brian Moonga

    Edith Nwakwi says Zambia needs to uplift its women traders to the middle classes Credit: Brian Moonga

    Since its independence from Britain in 1964, Zambia’s political stage has been dominated by men, despite women’s critical role in the liberation struggle. Edith Nawakwi now wants to be Zambia first woman president.