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Challenges Facing Women in the Mining, Energy and Construction Sectors of South Africa: Persisting Barriers to Equity in the Workplace

The South African government took deliberate steps to encourage women’s participation in the economy by gazetting a number of progressive policies and legislation to address the challenges faced by women in the workplace. The extent to which these i…

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Youth: Lessons for the Lockdown Generation

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is made up of 16 States: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Ta…

From Rhetoric to Action: Delivering for Young Women in Africa

Young African women between the ages of 15 and 35 find themselves in a conundrum, in a world that is highly patriarchal and ageist - frequently facing a double burden brought about by their gender and age, and falling through the cracks of governmen…

Corruption as an Obstacle to Reconciliation: Its Impact on Inequality and the Erosion of Trust in Institutions and People

This paper explores the relationship between inequality and reconciliation, corruption and inequality, and corruption and institutional trust. We have seen how corruption and mismanagement, at a local and national level, has affected access to basi…

Gender Budgeting as a Tool for Poverty Reduction: Concepts, Practices and Capacity Implications

Gender budgeting is an application of gender mainstreaming in the budgetary process. It subsumes a gender-based assessment of budgets, incorporation of a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process, and restructuring of revenues and ex…

More than a Space for Interracial Contact: Exploring the Importance of the Workplace for Social Cohesion and Reconciliation in South Africa

Acknowledging that interactions between South Africans from various backgrounds extend beyond contact, but also take place within a historical and contemporary context, this report consists of several parts. Firstly, it explores the changing nature …

Female Entrepreneurship, Access to Credit, and Firms' Performance in Senegal

Despite an increase in the share of female-owned existing and new start-up firms in Senegal, there is still a wide belief that female entrepreneurs are discriminated against in the credit market. This paper empirically investigates such gender-based…

Climate Change and Gender in South Sudan

Climate change poses global risks. These risks adversely affect women in developing countries because of their little capacity to adapt. Previous studies show that women are more vulnerable to climate change than men for a variety of reasons, inclu…

Gender Equality in Tanzania: Uproar and Perceived Progress

Gender makes headlines in Tanzania, as when the president attacks birth control and endorses kicking pregnant girls out of school or when fake fingernails and eyelashes are banned from Parliament. Less uproar accompanies government action that act…

Female Entrepreneurship, Access to Credit and Firms' Performance in Senegal

There has been a noticeable improvement in female entrepreneurship in Senegal. From 2007 to 2014, the total share of female-owned firms in the country has grown from 23.8% to 32.1%. The share of female entrepreneurs in new start-ups, in particular…

Togolese express Tolerance toward (most) Minorities and Support for Gender Equality

The government of Togo has taken recent steps to protect the rights of women and minorities. One is a new penal code, adopted in November 2015 after years of advocacy by human-rights organizations, that strengthens protections against gender-based v…

Lifting the Veil on ICT Gender Indicators in Africa

Gender equality has been identified as critical to the realisation of knowledge societies. This has been reflected in policy commitments at both global and national levels. The increased take up of information and communication technologies (ICTs), …

Opportunities and Challenges in Engendering the African Energy Value Chain

This policy briefing draws on the findings of a discussion paper examining South Africa and Rwanda’s efforts to include women in the renewable energy (RE) sector. A comprehensive gender mainstreaming toolkit was developed based on this research, wh…

Gender in Higher Education in Puntland: From Accessibility to Creating Supportive Environment for Women in Higher Education and Research

Female educational attainments are associated with women’s capacity to make informed decisions about various aspects of life, including health, marriage, and reproduction. Similarly, there is a positive relationship between educational attainment …

Women's Political Participation in Puntland - Prospects for Progress

The study aimed at assessing and documenting women’s political participation in Puntland, focusing on the recent political processes while drawing lessons from historical trends and broader societal issues surrounding women’s political participation…

Social Perception Survey on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Rights

The information which was disclosed in this report, was gathered from a survey which measured Nigerians perception on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Nigerians. The NOI Polls commissioned by TIERS conducted a nationwide trended poll on a)the perceptions…

Towards a Social Cohesion Index for South Africa using SARB Data

The aim of this paper is to create a measurement for national-level social cohesion in South Africa, by creating an index of variables that provide insight into what it is that holds our society together and conversely, what causes division within i…

Analyse de la Polarisation des Revenus au Sénégal et au Burkina Faso / Analysis of income polarization in Senegal and Burkina Faso

A distribution of incomes is polarized when it presents homogeneous groups with different living standards. Using a method developed by Duclos, Esteban and Ray, firstly the evolution of the polarization of income was measured in Senegal and Burkina …

Etude sur la Participation des Femmes dans la Gestion des Conflits et la Consolidation de la Paix au Mali / Study on Women's Participation in Conflict Management and Peace-building in Mali

The purpose of this study is not so much to value the status or place of the woman, but rather to contribute to a better understanding of the work they have carried out, committed dynamics and constraints encountered. It highlights gaps in the imple…

Empowering Women and Girls

Women's movements played a critical role in independence and anti-apartheid struggles and have been increasingly visible since the 1990s—speaking out, claiming rights and changing their lives for the better. More and more women are holding public o…

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