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.


During the workshops and consultative meetings conducted by OSISA, representatives from the women living with HIV, sex worker and LGBT sectors came up with a list of barriers to accessing services and challenges to attaining a holistic and human rights based approach to HIV and AIDS programming in the region. The challenges below are a collective summation of the issues presented by the three groups. However, in some instances, where indicated, a particular group faces a specific challenge or set of challenges that may not necessarily affect members of the other groups.


Development programmes work best when they reflect local realities and respond to both rights violations and lack of access to services. Basic and ‘beyond basic’ needs programming should be planned together from intervention design, with a clear step-by-step process to move from one to the other. A rights-based approach to programming is crucial for the achievement of long term and sustainable empowerment of marginalised groups.

The second day of AWID started off with a plenary that outlined the key context trends in global economics and explored some proposals for transformation and change. One key trend that most panelists highlighted is that the current system of accounting for national economic performance has not worked for women.

I recently visited an Indian family who live in my neighbourhood. It was an early evening visit and the family was preparing dinner. I couldn’t help noticing three women in the kitchen, running around, preparing food and drinks. I later learnt that the three were the granny, the lady of the house, and her daughter (who I think may be about 15 years old). In the living room I noticed six men sitting around the dining table, playing cards, relaxed and chatting.

The Youth Empowerment Transformation Trust (YETT) recently held the ‘Participate 2013 Regional Youth Camp’ on youth and elections in the Zimbabwean town of Kariba.

FAWE is an organization that primarily focuses on challenges affecting girls’ schooling. Some of the constraints that FAWE National Chapters identified are school based, poverty related and the socio-cultural constraints. A notable barrier is that as girls grow older they engage in sexual relationships which lead to early pregnancy and subsequently they drop out of school. A study in Zambia by FAWE (2001) noted that girls who became pregnant were expelled from school and were not re-admitted into the school system.

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a leading Pan - African NGO advocating for African girls’ education in Africa. FAWE supports 34 countries in sub-Saharan Africa in promoting girls’ education.  The mission of FAWE is to promote gender equity and equality in the field of education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. FAWE’s goals and vision are in line with Education for All.

For decades, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used the world over as the measure for economic progress and development. Policies and programmes designed to end poverty and inequality have thus been designed and informed through this GDP lens. Yet, the GDP tool and model is macho and masks inequalities – especially gendered inequalities. A telling case is the current ‘Africa Rising’ narrative which is largely based on a narrow focus of African countries’ upward showing in GDP performance.

The gender and women’s rights programme focuses on strengthening the women’s movement and ensuring that OSISA’s partners can address gender inequality in their own communities and social context

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