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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

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Day of solidarity: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

2010-11-23, Issue 507

This Thursday marks the United Nations recognised International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and in an effort to raise awareness about his important issue, Earthlife Africa will be gathering at the Fountain, St. Georges Mall, St...

DRC: Drawing attention to women's rights in the DRC

2010-11-25, Issue 507

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) calls again the attention of the world to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), theatre of the most deadly con...

Global: Violence against women the single biggest threat to peace, finds new report

2010-11-25, Issue 507

A Women for Women International report being released on international Stop Violence Against Women Day (25 November) finds ‘violence against women is the single biggest threat to peace’ and countries are falling strikingly short on UN Millennium Deve...

Southern Africa: Peace-building, protocols and policy: Women and conflict

Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule

2010-11-25, Issue 507

This year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign focuses on women and conflict, a timely theme considering we are also reviewing 10 years since the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325. This resolution linked violence against women dur...

Global: 16 days of activism gets going

2010-11-29, Issue 507

Sixteen Days of Activism campaign is the period 25 November and 10 December when activists raise heightened awareness around gender violence. The campaign began in 1991 and since then has brought various stakeholders including gender activists, civil...

Global: Dealing with the interlinked crises of health and human rights


2009-12-02, Issue 460

One of the key settings that is often a point of contact for women, including survivors of violence and HIV positive women, is health systems. It is for this reason that it is critical that an essential package of services delivered should be part of...

Survivors courage breaks the cycle

Maureen Xaba

2009-12-02, Issue 460

Working in the field of violence against women has been quite a journey and experience for me, both empowering and at times very sad. Every year, Gender Links works in partnership with other organisations to provide survivors of gender violence with ...

"I" Stories: Back in my house

Etty Khoza

2009-12-04, Issue 460

Last year I told my story about how a man in my community had harassed me, until one day he finally beat me so badly I had to go to the hospital, just because I am disabled. This day was a terrible day for me, it even left me with scars. Even worse, ...

Human trafficking, the scary side of the World Cup

Rebecca Pursell

2009-12-04, Issue 460

The Soccer World Cup represents major economic opportunities for South Africa. It represents the possibility of showcasing South Africa to the world, and everything it is possible of accomplishing. However, the less glamorous side is the possible inc...

"I" Stories: Rape will not be my daughter’s legacy!

2009-11-27, Issue 459

Thandeka*: I was fourteen when I was first raped. The perpetrator was in his early thirties. My friend and I were walking to the shop to buy bread when a man came out of the long grass. He showed us a gun and told us to do what ever he said or else.....

Speaking out can set you free

Colleen Lowe Morna

Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service

2009-11-27, Issue 459

What do you think of when you see a butterfly? Beautiful colours! Freedom after the struggle to break out of a cocoon! The sky is the limit! Reaching up; reaching out! These were just a few of the answers given by survivors of gender violence who ov...

Southern Africa: Halve gender violence by 2015

Score a goal for gender equality

2009-11-27, Issue 459

Gender Links has urged Southern African governments to put prevention at the centre of national action plans to end gender violence during the Sixteen Days of Activism on Gender Violence. It has also called on governments to ensure that these plans i...

"I" Stories: Using my body for freedom


Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service

2009-11-27, Issue 459

Mooshoo*: “intoni ingxaki?” That is what the taxi driver said to me after he had repeatedly spoken to me in Xhosa since I had first hopped into the taxi. I usually just ignore them. I say where I am going, give them the correct change and keep quiet....

Unsung heroes need resources to fight gender violence

Perpetual Sichikwenkwe

2009-11-27, Issue 459

As we commemorate 16 Days of Activism, along with highlighting how extensive the problem still is, we also need to pause a moment to thank the people who work tirelessly 365 days a year to help and support survivors. Iriss Phiri, whose home in Lusaka...

Give me back my movement!

Everjoice J. Win

2009-11-27, Issue 459

"We must involve the bosses. We can not move without them. The bosses are our partners. Many of them are just victims of the system too. Most of the employers mean well. All we need to do is raise their awareness and they will be ok. We did a worksho...

Media: Part of the problem or solution for gender violence?

Marbeline Mwashekele

2009-11-20, Issue 458

Media has always, and will always, have a major impact on the lives of human beings, simply because it has the power to influence! In fact, one of the main objectives of media is to influence change. With 16 Days of Activism just around the corner, i...

"I" Stories: My father saved me

Miriam Sikalele with Tariro Benga

2009-11-20, Issue 458

It's 12 midnight, as I lay awake beside him. My head is filled with confusion as I weigh the options for the next course of action to take. I am struggling to sleep and worse still, I cannot stand seeing his face. Part of me is telling me to stab him...

"I" Stories: Zambia: No longer scared in a house of my own

Mukamwiinga with Perpetual Sichikwenkwe

2009-11-20, Issue 458

Marriage brings happiness to some, but for me it was a nightmare for twenty-five years. I stayed in an abusive marriage, enduring it, always hoping that what did not work out today, would tomorrow. It was my son’s sickness that ended it: a son who h...

"I" Stories: Scarred for refusing early marriage

Mary Semeya with Perpetual Sichikwenkwe

2009-11-20, Issue 458

Will society accept me with a disfigured face like I have now? Will I ever walk up the streets out there to go to school after what this cruel man has done to me? I feel I have nothing left to be proud of and I have lost the biggest purpose of my li...

Women should exercise social networking caution

Dingaan Mithi

2009-11-20, Issue 458

As the region’s technological capacity grows, a new kind of gender violence is emerging in Southern Africa. In this new media age, the information super highway has become a tool for social networking and the world has become a global village where p...

Inform yourself about sexual harassment

Maggie Mzumara

Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service

2009-11-20, Issue 458

Cases of sexual harassment, at for instance a workplace, usually boil down to “he says, she says.” Yet the biggest challenge with sexual harassment is not just proving that it happens, but that more often than not it is quite subtle. During 16 Days o...

Men critical to fight against gender violence

Godsway Shumba

2009-11-20, Issue 458

It has become all too common that every newspaper edition carries at least one carry a story on domestic violence or rape. Efforts to engage men as partners in the prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) are critical to achieving posit...

Southern Africa: Have your say! - Call for submissions: 16 Days of Activism

2009-10-30, Issue 455

Gender Links is commissioning submissions that will be used as part of activities for 16 Days of Activism 2009. Commissioned pieces may be used in a booklet to be launched on Human Rights Day entitled “World Cup 2010: Problems and Possibilities" and/...

2009 Campaign: Commit • Act • Demand: We CAN end violence against women!

2009-10-23, Issue 454

While U.S. attention is fixed on Afghanistan’s contested elections and the need to insure a democratic process, in another part of the world, democracy has been under siege at the ballot box with terrible consequences. African elections have devolved...

South Africa: Taxis driving message home on gender violence

Deborah Walter

2008-12-11, Issue 412

If you jump into a combi during the next couple of weeks, you may just be greeted with something a bit different from the usual fare of thumping Kwaito and house beats. Launched 4 December at Ekurhuleni Municipality, Tjoon’in is an audio CD designed ...

Africa: African leaders signal commitment to financing gender equality

Rosemary Okello-Orlale

2008-12-11, Issue 412

With Sixteen Days of Activism now in full swing, organisations and governments are focusing significant attention on gender violence and the gender inequalities that play a large role in its prevalence in Africa. In assessing how far we have come ove...

South Africa: Political change threatening gender commitments?

Susan Tolmay

2008-12-11, Issue 412

While South Africa has made all the right moves towards reaching the Southern African Development Community (SADC) target of 50% of women in all areas of decision-making by 2015, it has still failed to achieve parity in any area of political decision...

"I" Stories: Losing everything and finding myself

Gugu Mofokeng

2008-12-03, Issue 410

Freeing myself from a psychopathic lover (I call him a psychopath because of his behaviour and actions, only he wasn’t one as he was fully aware of his dehumanising actions) came at a great cost to me; having lost my house, part of my ear, my self-wo...

"I" Stories: Hidden truths

Kathy Barolsky

2008-12-03, Issue 410

I met my abuser who I confused as my partner for three and a half years when I was seventeen, on the set of his first big break. He was alive and enthusiastic with a magnetism that lured me and catapulted me back at the same time. We raised many eyeb...

"I" Stories: Not a victim, a survivor

Sally Kisten

2008-12-03, Issue 410

My story is about culture, belief systems, early marriage and alcohol abuse that negatively affected my life as a teenager. My children paid the price as well. My story however has a happy ending. Allow me to give voice to my story. When I was 16, yo...

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