Gender equality implications of globalisation and trade liberalisation arise because these phenomena do not eliminate existing inequalities in access to resources, power and decision making between men and women in society. This is a reality that must be confronted directly or else much of the tremendous investment in promoting the social and economic advancement of women will have been in vain (Williams,2003).

The Botswana Court of Appeal will issue its judgment in Ramantele v Mmusi and Others, a case challenging a customary law that only allows for men to inherit the family home.

This case is an appeal against an October 2012 High Court decision, which struck down an Ngwaketse customary law providing that the youngest son inherits the family home. The High Court held that the customary law was a violation of the right to equality guaranteed under section 3(a) of the Constitution.

“Instead of sitting at home and waiting for flowers on Valentine’s, women have chosen to rise and make demands: making clear that the gift women want is dignity, bodily autonomy, and justice. The flowers can wait,” said Talent Jumo, National Coordinator of the Katswe Sistahood.

A landmark judgement by Justice Oagile Key Dingake in the High Court of Botswana in October 2012 has been lauded as a game-changing watershed for gender rights in sub-Saharan Africa. In a remarkable decision, Dingake ruled that culture could not trump constitutional rights and made a powerful call for other judges to take a stand on gender issues.

By Margaret Chipara and Gibson Ncube - “If we are to free ourselves from the dead weight that has once again been made out of femaleness, it is not ballots or lobbyists or placards that women will need first; it is a new way to see” Naomi Wolf (1990: 19).

The AfriMAP report finds ample evidence to suggest that democracy in Malawi is working, albeit with some obvious challenges – and makes a series of recommendations to address these.

OSISA-funded project up for innovating justice prize

I often feel defied by the reflection of my own body when I look in the mirror, because what I see in the mirror brings me to the realisation, whether I am conscious about it or not, that like most young African women I have little or no control over my own body and sexuality.

Fashion is viewed by some as retrograde, profligate, superficial, even anti-feminist, while others have a deep passion for fashion and describe themselves as ‘fashion addicts’ or ‘fashion junkies’. Fashion – being a largely female dominated sphere – generally affects women’s lives more than it does men’s. Drawing on Erik Erikson’s theory of development and identity formation in which an individual’s development spans his or her lifetime, this paper explores the different ways in which women’s identities are shaped by, and expressed through, fashion.

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