Why Should You Attend? Be part of over 200 women in politics gathering to discuss solutions to reach 50/50 representation of women in top political positions. You will have the opportunity to share your vision and experiences in moving forward to create stronger inroads for women to rise in political leadership. Who Will Be Speaking: 15 Powerful women across 6 African countries will be speaking about their experiences in the Political arena. To read further about confirmed speakers click here. Read more
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the IPU is organizing, with the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, a seminar for East and Southern African Parliaments on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide parliamentarians of the region with the elements of a comprehensive and multisectoral response to violence against women and girls and familiarize them with the components of legislation to effectively tackle this scourge.
Special emphasis will be placed on... Read more
A Practical Guide to Constitution Building provides an essential foundation for understanding constitutions and constitution building. Full of world examples of ground-breaking agreements and innovative provisions adopted during processes of constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
The Guide analyzes the adoption of the... Read more
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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 Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting.
“Now we have the African Union chair Madame Zuma, who will preside over the destiny of this institution,” Benin's president and current AU chairman Thomas Boni Yayi said.
Dlamini-Zuma, 63, an experienced diplomat, is a veteran of the fight against apartheid. A doctor by training, she... Read more
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 Women (UNIFEM).
UNIFEM has been supporting GRB work in the region for many years. It sees this booklet as yet another way in which it can link the work on GRB and rights. Read more
From November 14-17, 2008, up to 1,500 women's rights leaders and activists from around the world will converge on Cape Town, South Africa at the 11th AWID International Forum to discuss the power of movements. The forum is both a conference and a call to action. The largest recurring event of its kind, the AWID Forum brings together women's rights leaders and activists from around the world every three years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth.Deadline for applications is... Read more
This report addresses gender equality and women’s human rights in the UK and the European Community development cooperation programmes in South Africa, Nicaragua and Bangladesh. Six case studies are used to compare on-the-ground practice with stated policy commitments. Read more
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).
While the primary focus of the publication is on the role of political parties in constitution-building processes, the publication is also of relevance to other actors involved in similar processes as it provides the reader with an overview of common phases, characteristics, challenges and guiding principles that may be customised to country... Read more
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 on the Cape Flats. Motshekga says the youth has a responsibility to protect their future. "It's a non-starter, it’s a waste of energy on my part to talk about it. It’s a non-starter. We're saying, the must go out in their numbers. It’s about them. It’s about their future and they have to make sure that they protect their future by voting for the... Read more
This consolidated response illustrates the key steps to establishing a women’s party section as recommended by iKNOW Politics Experts as well as by scholars and practitioners in this field. The key steps include introducing the idea of founding a women’s section to party leadership, creating a legal framework and structure for the section, exploring funding options, and developing membership strategies. Read more
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 portfolio committee on women, children and people with disabilities Dorothy Ramodibe, on Monday slammed continued incidents of violence against women and children and called for female MPs to influence policies to fight the scourge.
(We invite our users to read the complete article published Arpil 22 2013) Read more
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 reported. Of the nine women, only four were African.Twenty white women were practising as senior counsel in South Africa, the newspaper reported.
(We invite our usesr to read the complete article published March 21st 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 to make the case for financing gender equality for development, and to explore how this can be done. Because the issues related to financing gender equality for development are so numerous, the paper obviously cannot discuss all in equal detail. It thus pays particular attention to the ways in which the context of such financing has been changing.... Read more
Gender Links and the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) is offering a Gender and Media Literacy course, which is "based on the general principles of media literacy: that any citizen in today’s information era needs to know not just how to read, count and write, but also how to interpret what they are told by the media."The objective of this course is to develop a culture of critical media consumption among different groups in South Africa. This course is taking place before and during the Sixteen Days of Activism on Gender Violence in November/December, and will culminate in special... Read more
This primer outlines the major obstacles and barriers women face in accessing justice and suggests strategies and interventions to overcome these challenges. Gender mainstreaming is not a goal in itself, but rather a strategy towards achieving equality between men and women. The majority of this primer focuses on women’s access to justice and the social relationships between men and women that disadvantage women and hamper this access. Read more
This consolidated response highlights various types of quotas adopted in African countries and provides details on the implementation of quotas under different electoral systems. The response also includes several annexes with data on quotas based on country and on quota type. Read more
This resource provides relevant knowledge to facilitate mainstreaming gender-responsive approaches into reproductive health programmes, and the inclusion of specific aspects of gender inequality and disadvantage into national policy frameworks. It focuses primarily on health, particularly reproductive health; on HIV/AIDS; and on violence against women as it relates to health services. Read more
Institute for Capacity Development (ICD)
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 towards balance of genders in development work
Develop gender sensitive project implementation frameworks
Streamline gender in project and development work
Outline the role and space of gender in project and community development works
Develop gender sensitive project M & E Systems
Build and nature gender sensitivity in project planning... Read more
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 expected to attend.
To read the full article, please visit the All Africa's Website. Read more