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    IPS Africa brings you the stories of women across the continent, as they join millions of others across the world in the fight against gender inequality and discrimination. Join us and listen to our weekly reports, as we track their journey towards achieving equal rights.

    Third SADC gender barometer shows progress

    18 Aug 2011

    Gender Links are taking their findings on the SADC gender protocol to the SADC meeting in Luanda, Angola. Click here to listen to an IPS interview with Colleen Lowe Morna.


    SA aims at more than MDGs: Minister

    18 Aug 2011

    Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

    Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

    Governments that agreed to the Millennium Development Goals have four years before the 2015 deadline. Gender Links, a women’s rights NGO, has released a barometer to measure some of the successes in the SADC region. Zukiswa Zimela asked  South African minister of Home affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, if women are making a difference.


    Study shows women need more prominence in the newsroom

    19 Jul 2011

    Study shows women need more prominence in the newsroom


    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.


    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.


    Women Nobel Peace Laureates to Lead Delegation to Israel and Palestine

    27 Sep 2010

    nobelwomenpalestineThe ‘settlement freeze’—or moratorium on new building of Israeli homes in Palestinian territory—is set to expire on September 30.  This is adding increased tensions to the already fraught peace talks being hosted by the United States.

    The Palestinians are threatening to leave the peace talks if the freeze is not extended, and the Netanyahu government is giving no indication of what it plans to do.

    Those are the stories in the headlines.  Meanwhile, women activists on the ground in Israel and Palestine continue their tireless work every day to bring peace and ensure justice in the region.

    From September 28 to October 5, Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Maguire (Ireland) and Jody Williams (USA) are leading a delegation of women to visit the region to bear witness to the struggles of the women working on the ground in the region to build a sustainable peace. They will be focused on hearing the perspectives of women on both sides of the conflict and providing opportunities for people to come together.

    The delegation aims to spotlight their creativity, inspiring work, and strategies for change in the region. “This is a critical moment in Israel right now,” said Williams.  “The peace talks and the settlement issue are front and center—there is an opportunity to make real progress on ending this long conflict.  We want to lift the voices of those saying that peace is possible.”

    The delegation will be visiting Jerusalem, Haifa, Nazereth, Ramallah, Hebron, and Bil’in.  Delegates will be meeting with women activists, policy makers and women’s leaders, filmmakers, members of the Knesset, women from the military—among others.

    We invite you to join us on this journey – follow our Blog, Facebook, & Twitter, hashtag #nwidel.

    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”.