FOREWORD This publication is a brief history of the Rural Women’s Assembly in Southern Africa (RWA), a snapshot, nothing more. The publication was written to capture years in the life of a movement as the Rural Women’s Assembly gathers to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This is not a simple task in that its difficult to … More Celebrating our Journey 2009-2019
The theme of the RWA 10th anniversary celebrations is “Towards a Transformative Feminist Agenda for the Country Side”. Over 400 rural women from across Southern Africa participated in a three day conference to celebrate, reflect and strategise for the coming period. The overall objective of the RWA 10th anniversary was to celebrate the gains of … More Celebrating our Journey 2009 – 2019: RWA 10th Anniversary Conference Programme
Media Statement 27 November 2019 Feminism is real and undoing patriarchy is achievable Hundreds of women gathering in Johannesburg are celebrating the achievements of feminist-organisation and activism at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA). Up to 500 women from 11 Southern African countries converged on Johannesburg since the weekend for this … More Media Statement: Feminism is real and undoing patriarchy is achievable
The Rural Women’s Assembly opened the 10th anniversary conference on 26 November 2019 with a beautiful poem by an 11 year old, Sengetiwe Simelane from Swaziland. Opening poem by Sengetiwe Simelane My name is Sengetiwe Simelane from the Kingdom of Eswatini Happy 10th anniversary RWA A mother figure to the motherless A voice of the … More Opening Poem for the RWA 10th Anniversary
MEDIA STATEMENT 16 OCTOBER 2019 International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day This is the moment when this week the world and the United Nations (UN) commemorate and celebrate International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day. Both these days, October 15 and 16, are commemorated widely by governments and many other organisations in … More MEDIA STATEMENT: International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day
Introduction The Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, plays a crucial role for our planet’s ecosystems and the survival of the human species. Not only does it produce 20% of the world’s oxygen. It slows down the process of global warming by absorbing and storing Co2 emissions. Thus, the Amazon is considered to be the ‘lungs … More Why the Amazon is burning: a short brief
PRESENTED TO THE INCOMING CHAIRPERSON OF SADC, HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI, ON THE 16th of AUGUST 2019 at the Tanzania National Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We, the more than 700 delegates drawn from grassroots social movements, community based organisations, faith based organisations, small scale food … More 2019 SADC PEOPLE SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE TO THE SADC HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNMENTS
5 September We are not safe! We are in a dark place! For the past month South Africans have marked National Women’s Month, yet women are not safe in this country. Since the beginning of August to date, we have been confronted with reports of heinous acts of violence against women in various parts of … More RWA MEDIA STATEMENT: We are not safe! We are in a dark place!