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Tanzania: 'New Constitution Honours Gender Equality'

Source: allAfrica.com (29 September 2014)

By Deogratias Mushi

THERE is jubilation among women in different regions, after the Draft constitution decided to include a section that gives women the power to own and inherit land, just like their male counterparts.

 
Women activists associations are among the groups which support the idea, with optimism that lives of women in rural area shall now improve, simply because women can use the land economically, cultivating different crops in their specific locations.
 
For years now, some traditional beliefs and cultures have denied women the right to own land, and to some tribes, women are even denied the right to be buried owned by a certain clan. READ MORE
 

(Policing) sexuality in Africa: the Namibian mini-skirt ban

Source: Sister Namibia (24 July 2014)

By Alexandra Stonehouse (Third year Gender Studies student, University of Cape Town)

The study of sexuality is a complex but undoubtedly vital one. This is due to the simple fact that policing sexuality is a means to controlling people – it contains power. In the patriarchal and heteronormative world in which we live, questions of which, whose and why sexualities are policed become crucial in the fight for equality and justice. Particularly in Africa, with its history of oppressive exploitation and colonialism, any study of sexuality is burdened by this history and thus calls for deconstructing and transformative thinking and action. African feminism was born out of and continues these qualities, and so it is through the work of African feminist scholars that I will approach the topic at hand. In February 2013, media and public opinion exploded when Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga attempted to institute a ‘mini-skirt ban’ in Namibia. READ MORE

 

The killing of Reeva Steenkamp made it clear that no woman can presume to be safe in her own home

Source: The Independent (15 September 2014)

By Margie Orford

Amid the deluge of comment that Oscar Pistorius unleashed when he fired those four "zombie stoppers" through that locked bathroom door, it is worth pausing to remember that Reeva Steenkamp died because her lover shot her.

The fact that the judge did not find Pistorius guilty of murder does not change this fact. Nor does it alter that what happened at the wolf hour in that quiet, utterly secure housing estate is something that all of us all over the world recognized. The deaths of women at the hands of men who are closest to them is a global phenomenon. The pattern – which if the judge had found Pistorius guilty of murder we could have named femicide – is chillingly familiar. READ MORE.

 

 

 

CFP Public Service TV Announcement 3

Contraception PSA about access to termination. Advert developed by by Soul City. VIEW VIDEO

 

Feminist Principles of the Internet

Source: GenderIT.org (19 August 2014)

An evolving document: Developed at the Gender, Sexuality and the Internet Meeting organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (13-15 April 204, Malaysia) 

In April 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications, APC, organized a Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia, bringing together 50 participants from six continents comprising gender and women’s rights activists, LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersex) movements, internet and technology rights organizations, and human rights advocates. The goal of the meeting was to bridge the gap between feminist movements and internet rights movements and look at intersections and strategic opportunities to work together as allies and partners. READ MORE

 

 

 

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