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Conflict Trends Issue 3 2013

In ‘The Other Side of Drones: Saving Wildlife in Africa and Managing Global Crime’ the negative consequences of poaching are felt in Africa and around the world, governments and law enforcement may have a way to counter this threat: the use of unarm…

The Gender Division of Labour in Ethiopian Agriculture: A Study of Time Allocation among People in Private and Co-operative Farms in Two Villages

"In this study, different but complementary approaches were employed to investigate three types of variations (inter-regional, intra-household, and inter-farm organization) in the household time allocation and access to resources with a view to mak…

Gender and Political Representation In Botswana

This policy brief examines the level of participation of women in the electoral process of Botswana. Women are poorly represented in decision making bodies and this has far reaching implications. Equal participation is necessary for social, politica…

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 …

Taking a Place at the Table : Analysing the Importance of UNSCR 2122 for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The UNSC once again demonstrated renewed commitment towards women’s participation in global peace and security on the 18th of October 2013. By adopting Resolution 2122, the UN and the international community, committed to stronger measures to promot…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2014

In ‘South Africa and South-South Approaches to Post-conflict Development in Africa’ since 1994, promoting cordial and strategic relations with other countries in the Global South has been a key objective of South Africa’s foreign policy. Until recen…

Silence on the Lambs: The Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls in Nigeria and the Challenge to UNSCR 1325

The abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram is being analysed in this policy brief. It explores how the kidnapping represents some of the challenges with operationalising United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. …

Poverty Erodes Dignity: Perspective of Low Income Female Caregivers in South Africa

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights introduces the recognition of the inherent dignity of all people as a foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Dignity plays a prominent role in South Africa’s Constitution, both as a foundatio…

The Role of Social Security in Respecting and Protecting the Dignity of Lone Mothers in South Africa:Final Report

This report explores whether social assistance, as a financial transfer to low income people, serves to help to protect and respect people’s dignity, or conversely whether there are ways in which the country’s social security arrangements serve to …

Basotho's less Supportive of Women's Political Leadership, Opposed to Traditional Chieftain Role

Basotho women still find it hard to attain leadership positions due to discriminatory cultural practices and laws. Support for women’s political leadership declined from 2012 to 2014, and even though two thirds of women say that women should have …

Africa in 2030: Responsive States, Empowered Citizens Findings from Citizen-Driven Workshops on the Post-2015 Framework held in 13 African Countries

The 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws ever closer. A range of stakeholders are mobilising to formulate their successor. Should the post-2015 framework build upon the MDGs, correct their failings and genuinely confront…

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…

The Right to Land and Justice for Women in Africa - African Women’s Land Rights Conference

The objectives of the meeting was to share knowledge, case studies and testimonies and engage in discussion, drawing on the wide experience and empirical information on the status and new knowledge relating to Women’s Rights to Land within the conti…

Smash the Glass Redefining Approaches to Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender Based Violence

The rich discussions, debates and case studies that emerged from the conference were captured in this report. Given the diversity and the use of a range of media – it is hoped that the insight into the conversations and commitments that occurred du…

Defending Rights Promoting Justice

The activities at grassroots level is profiled in this report where ACORD is involved in practical interventions as well as the growing space that the organisation enjoys as a recognised Pan African organisation. ACORD’s four year strategic program…

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…

‘Compensating an Assault on Dignity’? A Pan African Conference Report

This report is a rich and informative contribution to the discourse on sexual and gender based violence. It attempted to capture an extremely rich discussion that is intended to ensure a call to action in addressing SGBV. Chapter 1 Noting that tr…

Women, Land and Resource Conflicts: Policy Implications and Interventions in Kenya

Environment and conflict research and policy interventions have focused primarily on the linkage between natural resources and acute violence but have paid less attention to the gender dimension of this correlation. Paradoxically women are more acti…

Gender Equity, Charcoal and the Value Chain in Western Kenya

Charcoal plays an integral role in the lives of the many Kenyans who lack consistent access to energy sources such as electricity. Gaps in gender equity within charcoal production and marketing are influenced by social, economic and cultural factors…

Violence against Women and Girls - a Development Issue : Governments and Stakeholders must act now

The screening of the film “ Challenging and Preventing Hidden War Crimes” on 6 March 2013 as well as a panel debate was a huge success and also ACORD’s first CSW57 event. This event attracted lively discussions and a record amount of participants (…

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