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Who said it was simple? Implementing 1325

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights into UN Resolution 1325, and impact of conflict and violence on women. It forms part of ACCORD’s knowledge production work to inform peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Presents some of the mai…

The Perceived Nature and Extent of Gender Discrimination in the Teaching Profession in Botswana

"This study is designed with three objectives. First, it provides micro-level data that would facilitate a more complete understanding of the nature and extent of gender inequalities and the processes producing them in the modern (formal) workplace…

Funding a More Equal Future: Philanthropy and Social Justice in Africa

"There is no doubt that philanthropy plays an important role in society whether it involves humanitarian assistance, advocacy or grant making. However, I want to focus on an element that is often ignored in discussions about philanthropy in Afr…

Whose Agenda? Power and Philanthropy in Africa

"Any discussion of power has to be situated within context. In Africa, there are glaring power imbalances at all levels of society and they take many different forms – gender relations, asset ownership and resource rights, patriarchal systems, polit…

1325 and Policing in West Africa: Interrogating the Sierra Leonean Case

Apparently the UNSCR 1325 presents the only framework that emphasizes the progressive role that policewomen can play in the peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction process. Despite limitations identified in this Policy Brief, there has been …

South Africa in the American mind

It is neccessary to focus on the fluctuating American policy towards South Africa to explain the American attitude. Before the Second World War South Africa did not exist for Americans but gradually after that Americans became aware of South Africa.…

Gender, Women and Electoral Politics in Zimbabwe

"This study seeks to analyze the constitutional and legislative provisions pertaining to the Zimbabwe 2000 parliamentary and 2002 presidential elections and to determine the extent to which they promoted gender equality. The most fundamental princi…

Engendering Democracy Through the Ballot Box in The Mauritius 2005 Elections

"This paper examines the causes of lack of advancement of women in decision-making in Mauritius by reviewing the literature on gender and democracy, the religious and cultural factors that might be the basis of women’s insubordination and uses the …

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 3

"The report unequivocally highlights concern on the inadequecy of the MEC’s performance and the lack of public confidence and trust in the body. Among other issues,the report identifies the lack of a level playing field during the campaign period ar…

Can South Africa move beyond race?

The focus of this paper is the racial problems still in existence in South Africa after the 1994 elections. A comparison of race relations in South Africa, Brazil and the United States is justified with regard to similarities and differences. The p…

Gender and Elections in Lesotho: Perspectives on the 2002 elections

"The objectives of this study are primarily to examine the experiences of multiparty democracy and how it has affected women’s participation in elections. It evaluates the performance of political parties and how they deal with the issue of women …

Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 10 No 2, June 2009

"These five papers cover various aspects of the South African elections and implications of these elections. Fiona White's paper looks in depth at those factors that shaped the ANC's victory in 2009. Rapoo explores the implications of the 2009 elect…

Women's Engagement with Political Parties in Contemporary Africa: Reflections on Uganda's Experience

"This paper reviews and reflects on the experience of women’s political engagement in contemporary Uganda after the introduction of multiparty competitive elections in 2006. While the paper explores the recent political changes in Uganda and the exp…

Re-envisioing Gender Justice in African Customary Law through Traditional Institutions

"Securing gender justice – gender equality – between the sexes in a cultural milieu elicits much debate among policymakers, human rights activists and traditional institutions. This paper discusses the attempts that have been made to protect the rig…

Shared Growth and the Role of the State

"The discussion has shown that there are many key areas relating to the role of the state and growth where there is broad agreement and a strong commitment to take action and find solutions. Almost all the participants agreed that: Levels of poverty…

Gender, Peace and Peacekeeping Lessons from Southern Africa

"This paper alludes to the tensions between achieving gender equality (as a requirement for a just peace) and the maintenance of indigenous culture and religious traditions. The primary focus, however, is the teasing out of transformation opportunit…

Claiming Space Reconfiguring Women’s Roles in Post-Conflict Situations

"The paper explores the possibilities of using the institutional frameworks of the United Nations (UN)and the African Union (AU) to include women in peace negotiations, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction efforts. It contends that women …

Progress Towards Improved Quality of Life and Social Well-being for All Tanzanians

"The broad outcomes of MKUKUTA’s Cluster II are to improve the quality of life and social well-being of Tanzanians, and to reduce inequalities across geographic areas and between income, age, gender and other groups. Expanded access to, and deliver…

JP GEWE Government of Kenya & UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

In order to jointly maximize the attainment of gender equality - the Government of Kenya - launched the ‐ United Nations’ Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (JP GEWE) in 2009 in alignment with national policies, strategies an…

Gender Equality and the Participation of Women in Public Office in Swaziland

Despite major efforts over the past two decades to create equal opportunities for women to participate in politics and to increase female representation in government leadership in subSaharan Africa, women's inclusion continues to be a major challe…

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