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 […]

A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on H.I.V. in Africa

A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on H.I.V. in Africa

Donald G. McNeil Jr. – New York Times – Monday, 12 May 2014 (originally published 10 May) OTIMATI, South Africa — While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women. And while there are many theories, no one has been […]

UN talks ‘Equality for All’ while LGBTI marginalization continues

UN talks ‘Equality for All’ while LGBTI marginalization continues

Katherine Robinson – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence ends this Tuesday at a poignant time: on International Human Rights Day, the same day South Africa will hold the official memorial service for one of the world’s most respected human rights icons. Sadly, every call for equality and […]

“The world has lost a great leader” in Nelson Mandela

“The world has lost a great leader” in Nelson Mandela

WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: At the age of 95 one of the world’s greatest human rights icons has died. His Excellancy Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died peacefully in his home in the neighborhood of Houghton in Johannesburg. Before this he spent time near the rural village of Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern […]

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 head of UN Women discusses role

New head of UN Women discusses role

Safeeyah Kharsany – Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 16 July 2013 (originally published 14 Jul) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women. Mlambo-Ngcuka, who stepped into the […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Rise in addiction to recreational drugs is ruining lives

SOUTH AFRICA: Rise in addiction to recreational drugs is ruining lives

Obinna Anyadike for IRIN – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In pink tracksuit and big sunglasses, Nomvula Mokonyane, premier of South Africa’s Gauteng Province, delivered a combative warning to the drug dealers of Eldorado Park that had the crowd buzzing: “Leave, your days are numbered!” But then a distraught mother, urged to […]

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 […]

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