Gender Mainstreaming in African Trade: From Conceptualization to Concretization

Women play a vital role in cross-border trade in Africa and are explicitly recognized under the SDG 5 (gender equality) and Agenda 2063 of African Union (AU) that targets a prosperous and comprehensive development of Africa.[i] Again and again, women traders face diverse non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in cross-border trade ranging from customs restrictions and confiscation…

Gender Relations in (the) Crisis – Legislating Domestic Violence and Femicide in Ghana

ANALYSIS Anna Ayeh 24 September 2021 The Coronavirus pandemic has dragged societal drawbacks into the light of public awareness worldwide – from deplorable conditions within health systems and profound shortcomings in digital infrastructures and education, to an intensifying wage inequality. A particular crystallization point of the crisis: gender relations. Early in 2020, experts bemoaned a…

Challenges of Criminalizing ukuthwala and Protecting Girls in South Africa

COMMENT Lea Mwambene and Roberta Mgidlana In this short note we ask: What are the challenges of criminalizing ukuthwala in the protection of girls affected by the practice? Ukuthwala is a ‘romantic mock abduction’ of an unmarried woman by a man who intended to marry her.[1]The intention is to force the girl’s family to enter…

The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and our collective responsibility

COMMENT Isabelle Zundel 30 September 2020 It is a major challenge to introduce the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was way more than an American jurist. She was the second woman serving the Supreme Court. She is an idol for humans all over the world through her determined, lifelong campaign for women’s rights. Her death…