Publication Type: Policy Briefs

Children’s Rights and Positive Parenting in Zambia

Positive parenting in sub-Saharan Africa is undeveloped and fundamentally inadequate. Few countries have policies that focus specifically on positive parenting or a framework for parenting into which this is integrated and defined as a priority. Given the significance of enabling environmental factors for good parenting, the ‘mainstreaming’ of support for parents is important for enabling …

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The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (MAPUTO PROTOCOL)

This policy brief provides a synopsis of the Maputo Protocol over the past one year as it turns 18 years. It also highlights the impact COVID 19 is having on achieving: SRHR/HIV and STI, Food security, Economic and Social Welfare, Harmful Cultural Practices and Gender Based Violence. It zeroes in on some of Kenya and …

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Impact Global Gag Rule Covid Srhr Services Africa

A Policy Brief on the Impact of the Global Gag Rule and COVID-19 on SRHR Services in Africa

Introduction Sonke Gender Justice, with the support from CHANGE, commissioned a policy brief to explore the impact the Global Gag Rule, and COVID-19 on SRHR services in Africa. Owing to the compounded effects of the Global Gag Rule (GGR) and the COVID-19 pandemic, strained and fragile health systems in Sub- of Saharan African countries are …

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Combatting GBV Safer Public Transport

Combatting Gender-Based Violence Through Safer Public Transport

The aim of this brief is to inform policy and decision makers of key areas of intervention to address safety in public transport, and prioritise measures to mitigate and eradicate gender-based violence, sexual harassment and crimes perpetrated against women and children commuters, particularly of mini-bus taxi’s, buses and commuter trains. This policy brief is in …

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Gender Migration Health SADC 1

Gender, Migration and Health in SADC: A Focus on Women and Girls – Policy Brief 1

This policy brief sets out the key findings of a study exploring gender, migration and health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with a focus on women and girls. As a region associated with high levels of population mobility, a high communicable and non-communicable disease burden, poor maternal and child health outcomes, pervasive gender …

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Gender Migration Health SADC 2

Gender, Migration and Health in SADC: A Focus on Women and Girls – Policy Brief 2

This policy brief sets out the key findings from the study exploring gender, migration and health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with a focus on women and girls. The key recommendations are based on a set of guiding principles for key actors responsible for developing and implementing responses to migration, health and gender.

Call For NSP GBV Shadow Framework

Call for National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence Shadow Framework

This policy brief comes out of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) Shadow Framework Report, developed by Civil Society in 2014, under the Stop Gender Violence Campaign. The Campaign calls for the involvement of local communities and civil society to put pressure on the government to act and make sure that the voices of those affected …

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Cusp Of Change

On the CUSP of Change

Over the past 10 years, the evidence base on the effectiveness of programs focused on changing social norms to achieve gender equality has grown. A number of approaches and methodologies demonstrate significant impact in preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) and in advancing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Activists, …

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Appropriate Implementation Prohibition CP Schools

Appropriate implementation of the prohibition of corporal punishment in schools in South Africa

Corporal punishment in schools refers to any kind of violent action inflicted on children by teachers or school administrators as punishment for disciplinary purposes. Since its prohibition in 1997, research shows that corporal punishment has still been widely practised in South African schools. It’s a grave concern in terms of children’s development as it violates …

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Policy Sexual Abuse DCS

Policy to address sexual abuse of inmates in DCS facilities

Various forms of sexual abuse are common in detention facilities around the world. Research studies, reports by independent bodies such as the Jali Commission of Inquiry and the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JICS), and documented reports by victimised inmates make clear that South Africa’s detention facilities are no exception. The Department of Correctional Services …

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MenEngage Africa Call for Action: Post-2015 Agenda

MenEngage Africa Call for Action: Post-2015 Agenda

This Call for Action outlines MenEngage Africa’s priority goals within the Post-2015 Development Agenda and includes suggestions on how engaging men contributes to each of the proposed new 12 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The engagement of men as allies in achieving gender equality often receives little mention in the development frameworks (particularly the Millennium Development …

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MenEngage 2015 Agenda

Gender Equality and the Work with Men and Boys

MenEngage recognizes that the Post-2015 Agenda must embrace a human rights-based approach, as championed by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and believes that meaningful citizen participation should be built into every stage of the Post-2015 process, from developing the agenda, to the implementation, all the way through the monitoring and evaluation. MenEngage …

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MenEngage Alliance Call for Action at the Commission on the Status of Women 2013

MenEngage Alliance Call for Action at the Commission at the Status of Women 2013

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform of Action and the Agreed Conclusions of the 48th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) all make explicit calls for prevention to end violence against women. The Cairo Platform of Action at the 1994 International Conference on …

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MenEngage Africa Declaration 2009

MenEngage Africa Declaration 2009

Reflecting the growing movement to involve men and boys in achieving gender justice, over 300 women and men from twenty five countries gathered in Johannesburg to build the Global MenEngage Alliance and issue this declaration and call to action. The principles that inform this declaration and work that aims to transform gender norms include a commitment …

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