Southern Africa - Resources

Martha Tholana
Martha Tholanah's digital story created during "Telling Our Stories," a JASS digital storytelling workshop held at Women's Net in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 21-25th, 2008. Part of JASS' Feminist Movement Building Initiative in Southern Africa
Everjoice Win
Read Everjoice Win's razor-sharp snapshot of the Southern Africa's changing context—dynamics and trends—as well as opportunities and challenges for women's rights agendas.
Hope Chigudu
In this thought-provoking article, Hope Chigudu shares her inspiring words on the importance of "planting seeds of empowerment in a disempowering context" as she describes the journey of Malawian HIV positive women's courageous fight for decent for health care resources and the rewards that came with it.
Shereen Essof & Lisa VeneKlasen with Alia Khan & Adelaide Mazwarira
This case study shares the experiences and perceptions of HIV positive women in Malawi who have organized to change how they view themselves, how they are treated and how to demand their right to decent health care.
ActionAid
A summary from the Africa Global Monitoring Framework (GMF) Learning Meeting – 5th to 8th December, 2006
Lisa VeneKlasen
Introduction to the article Legal Literacy: A Tool for Women’s Empowerment by Margaret Schuler and Sakuntala Kadirgamar-Rajasingham
JASS Southern Africa
Malawi has almost one million estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS (924,800 PLWHA - UNAIDS 2009). Malawi’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate (the percent of people living with HIV) is almost twice the rate in sub Saharan Africa overall (14.2% compared with 7.5% in 2006 UNAIDS).
JASS (Just Associates)
Malawian women activists will hold a national dialogue with stakeholders and decisionmakers from 20 – 22 October 2012 to demand for an immediate rollout of quality ART. Women will also meet with Ministry of Health officials and take to the streets at the Global Race to SAVE Lives Conference during a March on October 23 to demand the necessary resources and support from the ministry of health, medical institutions, local financial lending institutions and government to save lives now.
This report, published by The Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ), covers cases of violations experienced by LBT people in Harare and Bulawayo in response to continued attacks on the bodies of Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transwomen and Transmen. Most cases are linked to public participation of LBT people in national and international processes such as 16 Days of Activism and the Constitutional Reform Process. The report also highlights challenges related to discrimination of LBT people and how these impact on establishing a family, accessing education and health for LBT people.
JASS (Just Associates)
Self-care and wellbeing have made a welcome comeback in feminist politics. They have been around for decades, but drifted out of focus and out of favor around the early 1990s as the dominant trends in women’s rights work took other turns. In some respects, the focus on policy and legal rights advocacy, important as that has been and continues to be for fighting inequality and advancing women’s rights, also came along with an unhelpful disconnect and hierarchy between needs and rights.

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