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  • South Africa: In Need of a Unified Climate Change Policy

    By Sarah | September 29, 2011

    IPS News, 27 September 2011

    The implementation of a unified climate change policy across all of South Africa’s government departments will not be easy as the divisions currently work largely as separate entities, says Greenpeace Africa.

    The South African government announced on Sep. 13 that it would beef up its climate policy “to ensure that all government departments responded well to the issue of climate change.” Read the rest of this entry »

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    SA Agriculture Minister says food security must be discussed at Climate Change Summit

    By ACTSA | September 8, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 8 September

    The world will suffer dire consequences if food security was not placed on the agenda at November’s COP17 climate-change meeting in Durban, according to Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Tanzania study shows one in three girls sexually abused

    By Campaigns | August 10, 2011

    BBC News, 9 August

    Nearly one third of Tanzanian girls experience sexual violence before they turn 18, a Unicef survey has found. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola: observations from a development worker

    By Campaigns | July 25, 2011

    Angola Monitor, July 2011

    Peace is good but not yet good enough

    Following many years of travel to Angola from 1999 on, a recent return trip after five years’ absence showed how much has changed – and how much hasn’t. I spent two weeks working with rural communities in three provinces to discuss the effects of climate change on their environment and livelihoods. In the process I was exposed to what post-war development in Angola means for ordinary Angolans. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN Press Release: MDGs Annual Report 2011

    By Campaigns | July 21, 2011

    UN Press Release, Nairobi/Johannesburg, 7 July 2011

    Sub-Saharan Africa advances on many Millennium Development Goals, but still faces tough challenges

    Gains in health and education, but urgent progress needed on child and maternal deaths, nutrition and gender equality, UN report says Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN women report: Access to justice remains a work in progress

    By Campaigns | July 7, 2011

    The Guardian, 6 July

    More than half of working women in the world, 600 million, are trapped in insecure jobs without legal protection, according to the first flagship report of the new agency UN Women. A similar number do not have even basic protection against domestic violence, it finds, while sexual assault has become a hallmark of modern conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN Women’s Agency Being “Strangled at Birth”

    By Mark | July 1, 2011

    IPS, 30 June

    When the United Nations inaugurated a landmark special agency for women last January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set an initial target of 500 million dollars as the proposed annual budget for the new gender-empowered body.

    But nearly six months later, the voluntary funding for U.N. Women (UNW) from the 192 member states has remained painfully slow. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The worst places in the world for women: Congo

    By Sarah | June 20, 2011

    Guardian Online, 14 June 2011

    The price of womanhood came brutally to Odette, born in a wartorn country often dubbed “the rape capital of the world”.

    The 18-year-old from Minova recalls the day that members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), came to her village in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and scarred her life for ever. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expresses concern about illegal detention and mistreatment in Zimbabwe

    By Sarah | March 2, 2011

    UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1 March 2011

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern Tuesday about the continuing illegal detention and reported ill-treatment of 45 members of civil society in Zimbabwe, who have allegedly been charged with treason for discussing events in Egypt and Tunisia. She also called for their speedy release. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Women campaign to be heard at African Union summit

    By Mark | February 8, 2011

    A women’s conference in Addis Ababa aimed to move gender issues from the margins to the forefront of debate in Africa

    Elissa Jobson, Guardian.co.uk

    “We know that the African Union summit is still very masculine but we are trying to bring in the voices of women,” said Gertrude Mongella, former president of the Pan-African parliament, explaining the rationale behind the shadow summit organised by the Gender is my Agenda Campaign (Gimac) in Addis Ababa on 24-26 January. A difficult proposition in a forum where, at the very highest level, there is only one female representative, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia. Read the rest of this entry »

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