Power to the region: GEMSA is born.
The Southern African Gender and Media summit witnessed the birth of a new force in the gender and media sector in the region. Gender and Media Southern Africa
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; these values are encouraged to join the network. At an institutional level, GEMSA activities will be coordinated by an executive committee with a general meeting of members taking place at least once every two years. Colleen col·leen
An Irish girl.
[Irish Gaelic cailín, diminutive of caile, girl, from Old Irish. Lowe Morna, executive director of Gender Links was unanimously voted chair of GEMSA, with Emmanual Kasongo, director of the Zambia Institute for Mass Communication, elected as deputy chairperson. In a statement issued at the close of the Gender and Media Summit, GEMSA called on political leaders to develop a legally binding framework to ensure gender balance in all areas of decision-making. GEMSA's chairperson Colleen Lowe Morna said: "What we have so far succeeded in achieving in Southern Africa are many paper rights for women. We are in the more difficult phase of the struggle: that of challenging the deeply entrenched en·trench also in·trench
v. en·trenched, en·trench·ing, en·trench·es
1. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
2. structural barriers to equality such as custom, culture and religion. What is needed is a sea change in mindsets: of men towards women and of women towards their own emancipation. The media is one of the most significant allies we can possibly hope for in bringing about this change."
Cyberspace Campaign to ratify Protocol on Women's Rights The effort to secure equal rights for women and to remove gender discrimination from laws, institutions, and behavioral patterns.
The women's rights movement began in the nineteenth century with the demand by some women reformers for the right to vote, known as suffrage, and in the African Union African Union (AU), international organization established in 2002 by the nations of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU). The AU is the successor organization to the OAU, with greater powers to promote African economic, social, and political integration,
African civil society groups in 13 countries have launched a petition to African leaders as part of a continent-wide campaign to mobilise support for the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (also known as the Banjul Charter) is an international human rights instrument that seeks to promote and protect human rights and basic freedoms in the African continent. on the Rights of Women. So far the campaigners have collected over 1154 signatures, of which 305 came in via short messaging See SMS. service (SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.
(2) (Systems Management Server) Systems management software from Microsoft that runs on Windows NT Server. ). The campaigners are demanding that African governments ratify the Protocol with immediate effect.
The Protocol provides a framework for comprehensive reform of national legislation that guarantees the rights of women. But in order to come into force it needs to be ratified by at least 15 countries. To date, only four countries--Comoros, Libya, Namibia and Rwanda--have ratified the protocol. In urging support for the petitions on the Protocol, Raashied Galant This article is about the musical style. For the Mitsubishi automobile, see Mitsubishi Galant.
In music, Galant was a term referring to a style, principally occurring in the third quarter of the 18th century, which featured a return to classical simplicity of the Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP), said civil society should engage with the campaign as a matter of urgency. At the moment the footwork is being done by governments, he said. Civil society organisations must understand and learn to engage with this process.
Sister Namibia congratulates the Namibian Government for speedily ratifying the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. Our organisation has already embarked on a series of three-day training workshops across the county to educate women on their rights so that they can hold government accountable to its promises to women.