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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Minister Mabandla Becomes First Woman President Of AALCO
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
Gender Workshop Starts In Windhoek
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
South Africa: CDM Hosts Its First Women's Parliament
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
Southern Africa: SADC Summit Postpones Signing of Gender Protocol
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
South Africa: U.S. Unite Against Gender-Based Violence
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
South Africa: NW Women Talk Empowerment With Vietnamese
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
South Africa: North West Women to Further ICT Skills
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
South Africa: International - UN Wants More Women in Peacekeeping
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 Africa: Foreign Minister Available for ANC Leadership
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
South Africa: Gender Activists to March Against Zuma
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
South Africa: Government Must Fund Gender Programmes
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Manto Pushes for 50/50 Gender Equity
Government is considering a law that will force companies and the state to implement 50/50 gender equity, according to the Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. She told reporters on Thursday it was no use to preach but not...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Gender Equality Placed High on Government's Agenda
The National Gender Machinery launched its 50/50 national campaign, which aims to increase equal representation of women in decision-making positions, on Thursday. The Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, launching the campaign, said...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Parliament to Get More Women MPs
South Africa has soared to third place, behind Rwanda and Sweden, in global rankings on women representation in Parliament after last week's elections, a report released by Gender Links on Tuesday has revealed. Before the elections the country...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Zuma Appoints 42% of Women
South Africa's newly elected president Jacob Zuma has appointed 14 women ministers with 12 as deputies. According to media reports in the country, Zuma made sweeping changes to the cabinet making almost half of the ministers he announced on...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Experience of Injustice Urged to Join Politics
Women are still strikingly underrepresented in the world’s parliaments: their share of representatives is less than a fifth. However, the situation shows signs of progress in developing countries. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, former member of the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Do More Women Politicians Mean Better Politics?
Since the first democratic elections in 1994, women representation in Parliament has soared, owing partly to the ruling party's 50/50 principle at national and provincial spheres of government. After the 2009 elections, women’s representation...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
South Africa: Call for Quotas on Female Representation
Chief electoral officer Pansy Tlakula called on Friday for a quota system to improve women's representation in the public and private sector. She said the Independent Electoral Commission was not happy with the number of women candidates in...