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  • Zimbabwe: Cow dung for sanitary pads?

    By Mark | June 6, 2014

    Source: Bulawayo 24

    May 28 2014 was the day Zimbabwe and the world held the inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day and shocking confessions were made by women from all cross sections of our lovely country. The worst shock was revelation by some young (and old) women that they are using cow dung as sanitary “pads” during their monthly period. Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU: 16 Days of Activism Against Violence against women and children

    By Mark | November 25, 2013

    COSATU

    COSATU as the federation of trade unions of South Africa joins hands with all progressive and revolutionary organizations to support the campaign on violence against women and children. COSATU is taken aback by the rising levels of Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa’s former Deputy President becomes head of UN Women

    By Mark | July 11, 2013

    Times Live

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, South Africa’s first woman deputy president, was yesterday [10 July] appointed head of UN Women, an international agency promoting equality for women. Mlambo-Ngcuka, a longtime women’s rights advocate, succeeds former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet as executive director of the organisation.

    “Mlambo-Ngcuka brings to this position a wealth of experience in advocating for Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swazi police apologise for banning women’s march

    By JoeyA | June 3, 2013

    “The Royal Swaziland Police have written a statement of apology to the Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly,” the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ) said in a statement on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland Rural Women celebrate International Women’s Day

    By Mark | March 8, 2013

    On Friday 8 March, almost 1,000 members of the Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly gathered together at the Sithobelweni Inkhundla in Swaziland to celebrate and commemorate International Women’s Day under the theme Read the rest of this entry »

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    International Women’s Day 2013: Time for action to end violence against women

    By Mark | March 8, 2013

    8 March, is International Women’s Day. The United Nations have called for people across the world to campaign on the theme “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” Across the world people are increasingly opposing violence against women, and they must. Seven out of ten women worldwide are affected by violence against them.

    Zimbabwe will hold elections later this year. The last election in Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa to Investigate Zimbabwe’s Politically Motivated Rape

    By Mark | February 25, 2013

    AIDS Free World

    South Africa has made a groundbreaking decision to investigate crimes against humanity in Zimbabwe. This unprecedented action positions the country as a global leader in confronting rape worldwide, and provides the first real hope that a past campaign of mass rape will be prosecuted and future atrocities will be prevented. Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: President Zuma gives State of the Nation Address

    By Mark | February 14, 2013

    State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament, Cape Town

    The Presidency

    President Zuma gave his State of the Nation Address to Parliament on 14 February. In it he highlighted five key priorities including education, health, the fight against crime, decent work, rural development and land reform. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Women find strength in numbers

    By Mark | January 3, 2013

    IRIN News

    Swazi women are organizing to promote their rights and welfare, convinced that discriminatory laws are at odds with the essential roles they play in their families and in their country’s economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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