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Illegal abortion continues to thrive

Source: IOL News (13 July 2015)
By Sherlissa Peters
Durban - *Samantha is a 17-year-old girl who aborted her five-month-old foetus at an illegal back-alley clinic in Pietermaritzburg last month. Since then, Samantha has suffered severe pain and abnormal bleeding, and was forced to tell her mother, who rushed her to their family doctor. READ MORE
 
 

Mozambique ends ban on homosexuality, abortion - is it now one of the most liberal African countries?

Source: Mail & Guardian (29 June 2015)
MOZAMBIQUE decriminalised homosexuality on Monday when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights in Africa.
 
The old code, dating back to 1886, targeted anyone “who habitually engages in vices against nature”—but no known prosecutions took place after Mozambique became independent in 1975. READ MORE
 

AGI e-Knowledges Project Officer graduates with a PhD in UCT's June graduation

The African Gender Institute warmly congratulates Dr Selina Mudavanhu (AGI e-Knowledges Projects Officer) for graduating from the University of Cape Town with a PhD in Media Studies. Selina graduated on the 12th of June 2015. In her thesis, Selina critically analyses discourses that occupied a position of dominance on the state owned radio station, Radio Zimbabwe in a time of crisis. She also examines the ways in which women listeners of the station engaged with radio and these hegemonic ideas. Congratulations once again Dr Mudavanhu!

 

Speech by Andile Mthombeni (YWL Project, Wits University)

Speech by Andile Mthombeni (YWL Project, Wits University) at the SA AIDS Conference in Durban 

 

Contested Intimacies: Sexuality, Gender and Law in Africa

Contested Intimacies: Sexuality, Gender and Law in Africa 

Authors: Derrick Higginbotham & Victoria Collis-Buthelezi

The book contains an article by Dr Barbara Boswell (Project Officer: Young Women's Leadership project, AGI) - “On Miniskirts and Hegemonic Masculinity:  The Ideology of Deviant Feminine Sexuality in Anti-Homosexuality and Decency Laws”

The University of Cape Town holds an annual Celebrating Africa Month, a programme designed to honour the university’s connectedness and engagement in and around Africa. The various activities that take place during the month culminate in The Big Debate, a panel discussion on a topic of African relevance. The panel is made up of intellectuals from UCT and around the continent. Panelists who have taken part in The Big Debate over the years have all contributed written pieces to a series of books called the Celebrating Africa Series in the hands of the managing editor, Emma Arogundade, and series editors Prof. Harry Garuba and Prof. Evance Kalula. READ MORE

 

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