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Talking Gender: With Esanju Maseka

Talking Gender: With Esanju Maseka

Q   How should gender roles be changed to balance the status of both men and women?  A The International Labour Organisation defines gender roles as the “learned behaviours in a given society or community or other social group that condition which activities, tasks and responsibilities are perceived as male or female.” Caroline Moser, an urban social anthropologist and social policy specialist, recognised that “in most societies, low-income women have a triple role: women undertake reproductive, productive and community managing activities, while men primarily undertake productive and community politics activities”. Due to the different demands of these roles, Moser notes that men can often play their roles sequentially, while women must play their roles simultaneously. The tasks which actually make up these roles differ, depending on factors such as geographical area or boundary. This in itself poses a challenge in trying to strike a balance between the roles as there are a num

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Liberation Of The Gambian Girl

Liberation Of The Gambian Girl

In the simplest form, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) can be defined as the act by which the clitoris of a young girl is removed. In most cases it is carried out primitively with the use of knife or razor blades. Lucy Odom, a Special Educationist from the University of Buea, Cameroon, stated that FGM is aimed at transforming a young girl into a “woman”.  Adaeze Chianumba a Nigeria based advocate for the “girl child” stated that the act could otherwise be called "female circumcision" which is done by the elderly women in villages. The practice can be traced back centuries ago and has a history of its early existence in some African countries especially in Somalia, which has the highest prevalence of FGM in the world. Also, more than 130 million women worldwide are subjected to the procedure, especially in Africa and in the Middle East. In addition, Wikipedia, affirmed that FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in As

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The Rights of Women in Botswana

The Rights of Women in Botswana

Nozizwe W. Ntesang Botswana “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G. D Anderson.  It is upon the quote above that my desire for African women is entirely based on. Country leaders harp on daily about how entitled we are, as people, to fundamental rights. They constantly speak of how our rights are to be protected and upheld at all times. I’ve found this to be true; unless you’re a Black Woman in Africa.   Firstly, let’s start off with Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of (Batswana) Women. This is commonly known as SRHR and simply comprises of;    sexual health, sexual rights,   reproductive health and   reproductive rights.  In terms of sexual health and sexual rights, we are lagging. In this day and age, we still allow cultural norms to supersede the importance of candid conversations about sex. There is still a lot of shame attached to sex, especial

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Gender Inequality Against Somali Women

Gender Inequality Against Somali Women

By Bisharo Ali Hussein The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) enshrines the special, needs-based rights of women. CEDAW seeks to promote gender equality by removing gender based disparities, and to foster the full development, participation, and advancement of women. Gender discrimination is one of the most common problems for all girls and women in Somalia. It is deeply rooted in the traditions and social-cultural structures of Somali society, posing a formidable barrier to women’s participation in formal decision-making processes as well as their control of economic and political resources. Even at family or community level, women have a very limited say in the decisions affecting themselves and their families.Although legal provisions were established in the 1970’s to accord equal rights to women, they had limited impact on the majority of women due to a lack of effective mechanisms to enforce them and the persistence of long

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AFRICAN YOUTH & GENDER

AFRICAN YOUTH & GENDER

Are you a Man or a Woman? What does being male or female mean for you where you are right now?  For 2016, the African Union (AU) has embraced the theme of Human Rights with special focus on "Women's Rights". That special attention alone is an adequate reflection of how dominant the agenda of Women in Africa has become. In the current pro-Feminist era, gender imbalance and disparity has been fought on many fronts. For a campaign that has radically doubled momentum in the past 2 decades leading up to 2016, the status of women has been confronted as far as their "Rights", "Sexuality" and their access to socially or economically valued opportunities.  As African communities proceed to address gender issues, there are two aspects in which the subject is perceived: "fairness" and "balance". While both concepts seem very alike, they are far from it and often become a point of controversy. An underlying perception is that women are t

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Priorities for Climate Change with Thamer Aloui

Priorities for Climate Change with Thamer Aloui

Thamer Aloui Eljem, Tunisia What do you think needs to be a priority in a Global Climate Change Agreement? Actually, my wife had a strong effect on me because she is an expert in natural resources and the  environment. She helped me get around the technical words and to understand the main ecological problems.  Thus I think  the main focus, with relation to the global climate, is to decrease pollution in the air, soil and water. Pollution not only affects humans by destroying their respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems; it also affects the nature, plants, fruits, vegetables, rivers, ponds, forests, animals, etc, on which they are highly dependent for survival. It is very crucial to control pollution levels as nature, wildlife and human life are precious gifts. This is why it is vital for us to think about the next generation and teach our children how to protect the environment. By inserting lessons in their educational curricula which speak about how to go green,

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