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A Comparative Study of the Socio Economic Implications of Rural Women, Men and Mixed Self Help Groups: A Case of Kakamega District

"The focus of the study is to establish the implications of the integrated efforts in self-help movement while considering the long standing women’s associations and their support for households. The study findings have revealed that mixed-sex gro...

The complexity of applying UN Resolution 1325 in post conflict reintegration processes: The case of Northern Uganda

"The United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 calls on all actors involved to address the special needs of women and girls during rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction. This study endeavors to analyse the rein...

Women Transforming Conflicts in Africa: Descriptive Studies from Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sudan

"There is evidence of successful efforts to constructively respond to conflict and to undertake transformation, reconstruction and reconciliation in Africa. The inclusion of women as a strategic constituency is central to sustaining and consolidat...

Talking Gender to Africa

"International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misu...

Gender Dimensions of Drought and Pastoral Mobility Among the Maasai

"Maasai pastoralists are increasingly faced with annual droughts that cause significant livestock deaths and periods of food insecurity. A new form of rangeland management that emphasizes pastoral migrations and extensive herding to mitigate the i...

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 opportun...

Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia through a Gender and Governance Lens

"Drawing on a household survey collected in eight woredas in seven Ethiopian regions in 2009, as well as on qualitative fieldwork in four of the eight woredas, this paper provides analysis of agricultural extension delivery in Ethiopia. While over...

Gender Dimensions of Agriculture, Poverty, Nutrition and Food Security in Nigeria

"Gender analysis focuses on the different roles and responsibilities of women and men and how these affect society, culture, the economy and politics. For example, important differences exist between women and men in their quality of life; in the ...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 3

In this bulletin several news items scheduled for October 2009 within OSSREA was discussed. The articles discussed amoung other: Training sessions, the 2009 research grant awards and development of new websites. New publications are also listed an...

Has Trade Liberalization in South Africa Affected Men and Women Differently?

"Trade liberalization is a central part of South Africa’s post-Apartheid development strategy. However, despite considerable reforms, the country has failed to generate pro-poor growth, with both unemployment and inequality worsening over the las...

Gender Justice, Citizenship and Development

Ten years after the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing there is considerable interest among gender advocates and development institutions in reviewing how far the project of gender equality has progressed. According to a major review by...

Why Gender Still Matters: Sexual Violence and the Need to Confront Militarized Masculinity: A Case Study of the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been marked by almost unimaginable atrocities, including millions killed and displaced in a war that seven nations have participated in. Most horrifically, sexual assault has beco...

Multiparty democracy in Mozambique: Strenghts, weaknesses and challenges

"This monograph is an evaluation of Mozambique’s multiparty political system. The report emphasizes issues relating to democratic consolidation in Mozambique, evaluating Mozambique’s political situation according to a number of key democracy deter...

Women Participation in Party Politics during the Multiparty Era in Africa: The case of Tanzania

"In this report, an attempt has been made to provide recommendations for addressing the existing gender imbalances other than affirmative action and the institution of quota systems. In fact, there are several direct measures that could be impleme...

Gender, Women and Electoral Politics in Zimbabwe

"This study seeks to analyse the constitutional and legislative provisions pertaining to the Zimbabwean 2000 parliamentary and 2002 presidential elections and to determine the extent to which they promoted gender equality. The concept of equalit...

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 wome...

Election Update 2004 Botswana No 2

This paper discussed the 2004 elections in Botswana. Key issues discussed were: Women Representation in Parliament, Voter Registration and education, Campaign Process, Role of the Security Forces.

The Participation of Women in South Africa's First Democratic Election

"In her paper Ms Ballington provides an interesting and colourful overview of the participation of women in South Africa's first democratic election in 1994. The paper deals with aspects such as the intimidation of women voters, the role of voter ...

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 r...

Exploring Gender Issues and Men's Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa

"This paper examines what seems to be bias in gender-based HIV/AIDS policy approaches and strategies in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, which tend to marginalise men as potential targets for intervention strategies aimed at behavioural chang...

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