South Africa: Gauteng Women Unite for Empowerment

South Africa: Gauteng Women Unite for Empowerment

SA News – All Africa – Friday, 29 August 2014(originally published 28 Aug) Johannesburg — Women from around Gauteng on Wednesday gathered in Newtown to share their hopes with the province’s first citizen on how government can improve their lives and strengthen gender equality.  The session was not only a chance for women’s organisations to […]

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old’s […]

New UN South African Executive Director Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka begins term at UN Women

New UN South African Executive Director Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka begins term at UN Women

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, of South Africa, took the oath of office today as the new head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs. In a ceremony presided over by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was sworn […]

Witnessing a South African healer at work

Witnessing a South African healer at work

Pumza Fihlani –BBC News – Tuesday, 07 May 2013 (originally published 06 May) She lets out a piercing cry, her body starts shaking violently, her hands are clapping to the rhythm of large African drums – she is calling out to her ancestors. Thabiso Siswana is a traditional healer, known in South Africa as a […]

Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer, Highlights Lesbians, Transgender Women

Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer, Highlights Lesbians, Transgender Women

Glennisha Morgan – Huffington Post – Tuesday, 26 March 2013 (originally published 18 Mar) South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi puts the spotlight on her nation’s lesbian and transgender community in her new exhibit, “Faces and Phases.” Muholi captured the subjects and their unique stories in black and white to give the collection “a […]

Recipe for [global women] empowerment

Recipe for [global women] empowerment

Deccan Chronicle – Tuesday, 12 March 2013 (originally published 07 Mar) One Billion Rising, a global act of women protesting vio­lence, was observed this year on February 14. Women all around the world got together to hold events, from India to Afghanistan to the United States and South Africa. The intent of the effort — […]

Global Roundup: Fighting Against Coercion and Reproductive Restrictions in Spain, China and Namibia

Global Roundup: Fighting Against Coercion and Reproductive Restrictions in Spain, China and Namibia

Jessica Mack – RH Reality Check – Monday, 06 August 2012 (originally published 03 Aug) Spain’s Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, has announced he will push Parliament to tighten the country’s current abortion law, restricting abortion in the case of fetal malformation and introducing new parental consent rules. The news angered reproductive rights advocates, who […]