There isn’t a day that I don’t wake up and wonder if I will hear about another devastating act of gender-based violence (GBV). The reality of living in South Africa is that it often feels as though it’s not a case of “if”, but “when”. Because it is coming: we all know that it is....
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Seven female coders from Iran got scholarships and graduated from a bootcamp of ConsenSys Academy, Ethereum startup incubator’s educational branch.  The scholarships, a part of ConsenSys’ global program to help developers start coding on the Ethereum blockchain, might provide additional opportunities for people in the country largely cut off from the international tech community.  Women...
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Stephanie Frappart recently became the first woman referee to take charge of a men’s Uefa Champions League match. This is part of a significant move taking place in world sport, as the inclusion of women match officials gains momentum. Frappart’s achievement and her subsequent handling of the match between Juventus and Dynamo Kiev drew praise...
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COMMENT In his 2020 International Women’s Day address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that, through South Africa’s chairship of the African Union, he will be advocating for the adoption of an African Union Convention on Violence Against Women. To this end, the South African department of women, youth and persons with disabilities has put together a...
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All Rinu Oduala wanted was for the government to take action against Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). After videos of police officers of the squad went viral in the first week of October, she started mobilising other young people to attend a 72-hour demonstration at the Lagos police headquarters and State House of Assembly. She...
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A group of mostly women say they were tricked into signing leases by the Ingonyama Trust on their ancestral land and are now seeking a high court order to declare the agreements invalid. The case is set to be heard by a full bench of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the high court in Pietermaritzburg, from...
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All the Women’s Voices The Centre for Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) was launched at Nelson Mandela University in October 2019. One of the CWGS’s key academic projects is to research and foreground African women’s biographies, intellectual production and political histories. These speak of women’s power and leadership in society. The absence and erasure of...
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Chikurubi is Zimbabwe’s most notorious prison. Its reputation is well-founded, said Sitabile Dewa. She would know; she spent several weeks there after being arrested in May last year on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Dewa, a gender justice activist, said more than 20 people are squeezed into a cell...
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Women will take centre stage at the fourth annual SingularityU Summit, which takes place online on October 14 and 15 2020. Over 100 speakers from five different continents will present keynotes, host discussions and run workshops spanning a variety of topics. The top women in various industries have been assembled to share their thought leadership...
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COMMENT The Kenyan political system is in crisis. The country’s chief justice, David Maraga, has written to President Uhuru Kenyatta to advise him to dissolve Parliament — a move that would require fresh elections. Why? Because the overwhelmingly male legislature has failed to introduce legislation to bring to life a constitutional clause promoting gender equality...
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