Namibian Rural Women’s Assembly Statement: Hands off our Girls

The 11th October marks the International Day of a Girl Child, and coming up to the date we are learning about families in the Kunene Region in Namibia who are selling off their young daughters to older men and tourists at a price. All this for the family to just survive. The Namibian Rural Women’s … More Namibian Rural Women’s Assembly Statement: Hands off our Girls

Women & Wellness Webinar! We declare October, International Rural Women’s Month! Join us this Saturday, 3 October 2020 from 2pm-3:30pm, for a Women and Wellness webinar led by Jennifer Stephens.  Jennifer will take us through Yoga, Oils and their medicinal qualities, Eating well and we will engage our membership on Food that Heals and so much more. We … More

People’s Dialogue and The Rural Women’s Assembly of Southern Africa calls for an end to the Zimbabwean government’s abuse of power

During this global pandemic, no country is spared from the devastation that COVID-19 has left in its trail and continues to distribute. The Zimbabwean situation is worse, and its citizens are more vulnerable because of the broken healthcare system, corruption and political instability (all these caused by the ruling ZANU-PF party. Recently, the rule of … More People’s Dialogue and The Rural Women’s Assembly of Southern Africa calls for an end to the Zimbabwean government’s abuse of power

New SMS Helpline for South African Victims of Gender-Based Violence

The Covid-19 lockdown has certainly exacerbated Gender Based Violence and Femicide against rural women and children. Our Response to this is an 24-hour rapid response SMS Helpline. The SMS Helpline is aimed at building and enhancing the work on the ground to support GBV victims and survivors. Many of the rural and farmworker women do … More New SMS Helpline for South African Victims of Gender-Based Violence

The Economic Aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic

This months’ newsletter looks at the economic impact of COVID 19 on poor rural households. The articles and stories in this issue speak to the daily realities that the RWA members live through and experience. In previous newsletters of the Southern Africa Rural Women’s Assembly, we have made the point that the COVID 19 pandemic has … More The Economic Aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Education for Africa in the time of COVID-19

For centuries to come 2020 will be remembered as the year that COVID-19 brought all global systems to a standstill. The virus with its devastating and fatal health outcomes, further exposed systemic political, governmental and economic inequalities and shortcomings.  RWA Southern Africa reflections highlighted serious fault lines in the social, political, economic and food systems. … More Education for Africa in the time of COVID-19

‘Keeping seeds in our hands’: the rise of seed activism

ABSTRACT Semantic innovations like seed commons, peasant seeds and seed sovereignty are a powerful expression of what may be termed as seed activism. In this opening paper of the JPS Special Forum on Seed Activism, we explore the surge of mobilizations the world over in response to processes of seed enclosures and loss of agrobiodiversity. … More ‘Keeping seeds in our hands’: the rise of seed activism

The Status of Africa’s children, during the Month of the African Child

The African Union instituted the Day of the African Child (DAC) in memory of the 16th June 1976 student uprisings that started in Soweto, South Africa. At that time, students marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received and demanded to be taught in their own languages.The DAC celebrates the children of … More The Status of Africa’s children, during the Month of the African Child