Gender violence costs SA R40bn, so now will govt act?

Originally posted by Mail & Guardian By Czerina Patel Every year in South Africa, an estimated more than one million rapes occur; more than a thousand women are killed by an intimate partner; and gender-based violence (GBV) costs our straining economy around R40-billion (yes, that’s with a “b”). Every single year. KPMG has just released a new report (withContinue reading “Gender violence costs SA R40bn, so now will govt act?”

This is what we’re marching for

By Lineo Segoete In a culture that generally rests on compulsory heterosexuality, it is unheard of to lodge anything but persecution and degradation of feminism, homosexuality and anything that does not subscribe to traditional (read conservative) blueprints of masculinity and gender perceptions. The male is the head, tough, like thunder and the protector; he abatesContinue reading “This is what we’re marching for”

Photos from IDAHOT march in Maseru

On the 17th May each year, events are held around the globe to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. In Lesotho, a local LGBTI advocacy organisation – Matrix Support Group – organised a peaceful march for the second year in a row. Over 200 people came out to support the event. The colourfulContinue reading “Photos from IDAHOT march in Maseru”

Pusha Love Chomees – Start Living!

Originally posted by Kick4Life By Leila Hall It is a hot summer afternoon in Maseru, Lesotho. On the rooftop of one of the buildings at Kick4Life, a group of young people are sitting in a circle with their heads bent, quietly writing. The silence is broken only by the shouts of children playing down below.Continue reading “Pusha Love Chomees – Start Living!”

Walking for awareness – Together in pink

By Lineo Segoete My maternal grandmother’s older sister died of cancer that had spread from her breasts to her brain in 2000. The cancer escalated in spite of the removal of both of her breasts and intense chemo therapy, a battle that lasted for as long as I knew to name the difference between theContinue reading “Walking for awareness – Together in pink”