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Sunday, August 10, 2014
All too often, we measure our progress in the process of gender empowerment by counting the number of woman politicians in Parliament and Cabinet. There is also now a new dynamic in ANC politics with talk of the prospect of a woman leading the...
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Many lessons can be learned from South African women who rose as leaders even when it was dangerous to do so, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday. In a speech prepared for delivery at a women's leadership conference in Cape Town, she...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Following the elections and President Jacob Zuma's recent cabinet appointments, South Africa has missed its last opportunity - so tantalizingly close - to achieve gender parity in politics ahead of the 2015 deadline. The 50% target for women's...
Friday, May 02, 2014
This publication provides a set of guiding principles for constitutional reform based on practical experiences of constitutional reform processes in a number of countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa)....
Monday, April 28, 2014
ANC Women's League President, Angie Motshekga, has called on young people not to heed calls to boycott upcoming elections. She was speaking at a Freedom Day rally organised by the Young Communist League (YCL) and other alliance partners in Mfuleni...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights.” So proclaimed Hillary Clinton, US First Lady at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, in a landmark speech of her career. Despite Clinton’s...
Monday, January 27, 2014
It is a South African political match made in heaven: a revered black academic, international activist and former freedom fighter – Dr Mamphela Ramphele - joins the rising, but still largely white, main opposition party in South Africa to lead it in...
Saturday, December 07, 2013
He was loved and admired all over the world for helping to end apartheid and heal the scars of a divided nation. But in his fight for total freedom, the liberation leader also devoted himself to another cause -- the empowerment of women. Here are...
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
“Women do not represent women in my country. They represent the voices of the men, the families that surround them, and their political party: but not women. They are not feminists,” according to Basma Soudani, from The League of Tunisian Female...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Financing for Development: Aid Effectiveness and Gender-Responsive Budgets Background paper prepared for the Commonwealth Secretariat in May 2007 by Debbie Budlender, Community Agency for Social Enquiry, Cape Town, South Africa This paper attempts...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Budgeting to Fulfill International Gender Commitments by Debbie Budlender, Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE).UNIFEM 2004 This booklet was commissioned by the Southern African Regional Office (SARO) of the United Nations Development Fund for...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Corruption related to political party financing poses a great threat to democratic development worldwide.The study investigates party financing issues accross 22 countries.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
“The hosting of festivals and gatherings is important, but more important is the assurance of the safety of not only women, but young girls as well,” Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said in a speech prepared for delivery. “In this regard,...
Saturday, August 03, 2013
The adoption of a new bill, now before Cabinet, would help to fully emancipate South African women, said the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana. "Within the 100 years, a lot has been achieved to attain the total...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
If women are not at the centre of the fight against poverty, we won't achieve what we want to, warns new head of UN Women.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has just witnessed blatant sexism on her doorstep. The Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, castigated...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Local Government has a significant role to play in the achievement of government's goal of "a better life for all." If Local Government were to effectively facilitate the social and economic development of communities and households, the quality of...
Friday, May 03, 2013
Institute for Capacity Development (ICD) Course Objectives  By the end of the programme, the participant should be able to:  Define the role of gender in project planning and implementation  Identify gender inequality and develop solutions...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
 Women leaders in Parliament have called on female MPs to influence decisions on the adoption of tough policy measures to curb gender-based violence. Chairperson of the multi-party women’s caucus in Parliament Beauty Dlulane and chairperson of the...
Monday, April 22, 2013
African women make less than one percent of the senior counsel in the legal profession in South Africa, the Sunday Times reported. Of the 473 senior counsel from whose ranks candidate judges are selected, only nine were black women, the newspaper...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Parliament on Wednesday paid a fond farewell and tribute to Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as she heads for Addis Ababa to chair the African Union commission. President Jacob Zuma led praise for one of the country's longest-serving...
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The DA will not accept amendments to the Electoral Act to provide for party gender quotas. This would be as constitutionally problematic as basing representation in Parliament on race or any other demographic variable. The DA thoroughly rejects the...
Monday, September 03, 2012
he struggle for women's empowerment, is not a new battle.  This is what Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told dignitaries last night's Women's Parliament gala dinner. She said women in Parliament play a special role in making sure...
Monday, September 03, 2012
The Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, has called for the increased participation of women in the mainstream economy. Speaking at the Women's Parliament in Cape Town today, Minister Patel said while the country's gender policies...
Monday, August 13, 2012
South Africa’s gender parity laws have seen women rise to positions of power in the state, the private sector and civil society. On National Women’s Day, there was much talk of increasing women’s rights, strengthening measures to deal with violence...
Monday, August 06, 2012
South African women and children are the ones who suffer the most when political parties engage in "civil wars", Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday. "All these men who are leaders of the African countries must understand that when they...
Monday, July 16, 2012
Photo credit: Jacoline Prinsloo South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma won a tight fought vote to become the new head of the African Union Commission, the first woman to hold the post, African leaders said. She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
  Women's representation in local government decreased after the 2011 elections, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. He said this was despite the increase in representation of women in Parliament from 2.7% during apartheid to 27% after 1994. "The...
Julie Ballington
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Julie Ballington is the Policy Advisor on Political Participation in the Leadership and Governance Section at UN-Women. She oversees the section’s work on women’s political participation, including in electoral assistance, parliamentary...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Bridget Mabandla, became the first woman in 51 years to hold the seat of President of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation today. To read the full article, please visit...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The seventh sub-regional workshop on capacity-building of the Network of African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians (NAWMP) on Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization starts in Windhoek today. Thirty-two MPs from seven SADC countries are...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) at the weekend hosted Limpopo's first provincial Women's Parliament. The purpose of the parliament was to encourage women from all sectors in the district to participate in decision-making and further...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SADC leaders have deferred the signing of the Protocol on Gender and Development because some member states need more time to conclude internal consultations following late changes to the document. To read the full article, please visit the All...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The North West provincial government is providing a forum for women to improve their skills in Information Communications Technologies (ICT), and discuss a wide range of issues in the sector. The North West Women in ICT Indaba will take place at the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Law enforcement against gender-based violence is to be strengthened, following the signing of a cooperation agreement between South Africa and the United States of America. US Ambassador to South Africa, Eric Bost and Safety and Security Minister...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Joint Committee on Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Women will discuss women advancement and the empowerment of women in politics and gender equality with their Vietnamese counterparts. To read the full article, please visit the All...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The United Nations Security Council has urged countries to enhance female participation in decision-making and to take specific steps to protect women and girls from gender-based violence during conflicts. To read the full article, please visit All...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she would not refuse a nomination to head the ruling African National Congress, which is due to choose a new leader next month. The ANC's dominance of South African politics means...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Gender activists are planning to march against the ANC Women's League's nomination for Jacob Zuma as the next party president. To read the full article, please visit IOL's Website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Government should channel finances towards gender equality and women's empowerment programmes, says Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. The minister emphasised that gender responsive budgets were not separate...

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