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Recent Initiatives in Addressing Gender Violence in South Africa

"This paper will concentrate on the existing support systems for victims of gender violence and those envisaged by the Ministry of Safety and Security. The paper will examine training programmes for SAPS members that seek to change bias among polic…

#HearMeToo: Are people finally listening to South Africa’s women?

On 25th November, amid the usual political fanfare, South Africa’s Minister for Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini, launched 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). A day later, while at…

What must governments do to reduce gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Violence against women is increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Activists in Kenya, for example, report that calls regarding domestic violence increased by 34% in the first three weeks of the country’s imposed curfew. Similarly, in South Africa t…

Issues affecting young women in Africa during COVID-19

The following article is part of a series on youth innovation during COVID-19 developed by the African Centre for the Study of the US at Wits University, the Youth Bridge Trust, and the Africa Portal.

Nigeria : Women and the Boko Haram Insurgency

The experiences of women and girls in the North East are analyzed in this report, in order to inform interventions to better alleviate their suffering, facilitate their contribution to lasting peace and mitigate the threat from female Boko Haram mem…

Violence Against Women in South Africa: A Country in Crisis 2017

In South Africa, a country scarred by the history of apartheid, violence against women (VAW) is endemic. Statistics on femicide, rape and domestic violence demonstrate unprecedented prevalence rates. According to South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and …

Queens Without Crowns: Somaliland Women's Changing Roles and Peace Building

The roles of women in Somaliland seem to be changing. The eruption of the civil war in Somalia in 1988 marked a new beginning in the history of the Somali People. The war set into motion quite a number of processes, which have had a far-reaching eff…

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…

Multidimensional Impact Evaluation: A Randomized Control Trial on Conflict-affected Women in Northern Uganda

This paper applies the Alkire-Foster measurement approach to evaluate a randomized control trial that aimed to empower ultra-poor and conflict-affected women in two of the most war-affected districts in Northern Uganda through the Women‘s Income Ge…

In Malawi, Gender Gaps Persist Despite Popular Support for Equal Opportunity

From a legal perspective, Malawi has made tremendous progress toward eliminating discrimination against women. In addition to passing the Gender Equality Act (2012), the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (2006), and the Deceased Estates (Wills, …

Conflict and Gender Study – South Sudan Addressing Root Causes Programme

Significant effort has already gone into studying how best to design a root cause fund programme - aimed at tackling the root causes of recurring cycles of conflict and fragile resilience - in order to maximize impact within what is an extremely dif…

Gender Mainstreaming in Puntland Public Institutions: A Case of Ministries of Education, Labour, Health, and Planning

Somali gender analysis study commissioned by the European Union and undertaken by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis in 2016 found out that Somali stood fourth in the world in terms of gender inequality with one of the highes…

Homophobia, Injustice and 'Corrective Rape' in Post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africa has extremely high rates of sexual violence, and rape has been used in the country as a way to “punish” women who do not conform to normative ideals of femininity in different ways over time. This report offers a critique of the terms…

The Rights of Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups in South Africa

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) hosted three public dialogues in Cape Town, on 23 April 2018 on “Ending Violence Against Women in South Africa: Disrupt…

Assessment Study on Female Police Officers in Police Forces in Somalia

This study endeavoured-, among others, to identify progress made by the milestones set in the Somali Compact and the Rule of Law Joint Program with its goals of Peace and State building through the federal government of Somalia and the member state…

Gender Issues in Uganda: An Analysis of Gender-Based Violence, Asset Ownership and Employment

Gender inequalities limit the ability of women and girls to fully participate in, and benefit from development programmes in Uganda. Formal and informal institutions, such as patriarchy, religion, family, marriage as well as social and cultural prac…

Returning from the Land of Jihad: The Fate of Women Associated with Boko Haram

This report focuses exclusively on women associated with Boko Haram who have returned, voluntarily or through military operations, to civilian areas and camps for the internally displaced in Maiduguri state, as well as other local government areas. …

Rape: A Rising Crisis and Reality for the Women in Somalia

Somali women are the economic backbone in Somali society and in recent years have assumed more prevailing position as breadwinners of many families. They are the bond that holds families together. They are, however, marginalized and underrepresented…

Cash Transfers Conditional on Schooling Reduce IPV among Young Women in South Africa

Estimates indicate that one in three ever-partnered women aged 15 years and older has experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) in her lifetime, with regional rates ranging from 16.3 percent in East Asia to 65.6 percent in Centr…

Etude Exploratoire sur la Prevention et l' Elimination des Violences Basees sur le Genre au Senegal: Regions de Kolda, Kedougou et Tambacounda

[The translated English title of this document: Exploratory study on prevention and the elimination of on gender-based violence in Senegal: Regions of Kolda, Kedougou and Tambacounda]. This investigative study targeted three regions, namely, Tambac…

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