The Economic Aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has had widespread global impacts that stretch far beyond the sphere of healthcare. Even before Africa fell victim to the worldwide spread of the pandemic, researchers estimated that about half of Africa’s population (roughly 650 – 670 million people) already faced food and income insecurity. The situation is becoming more and more desperate for … 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

Rural Women’s Assembly Statement on Gender-Based Violence & Femicide

We, the members of the Southern Africa Rural Women’s Assembly are OUTRAGED! The suffocating silence of men, churches and traditional authorities on the Femicide in South Africa is debilitating. We CAN’T BREATHE under the brutal state of this nation. South Africa, the Republic of Sexual Assaults. What women in South Africa have in common is … More Rural Women’s Assembly Statement on Gender-Based Violence & Femicide

The ‘Re-imagining Waste’ Virtual Book Launch

On Saturday, 13 June 2020 from 1oam-12pm, the Southern Africa Rural Women’s Assembly will be hosting a live virtual book launch for the ‘Re-imagining Waste’ Book, which is a collection of stories and strategies on waste shared by the rural women members . This book was written for and by the members, through the support … More The ‘Re-imagining Waste’ Virtual Book Launch

Exploring African Herbal Remedies to fight COVID-19

Many Africans rely on herbal remedies to cure illnesses – either as a result of traditional beliefs or purely because of ease of access. In fact, statistics suggest that 87% of the African population use some form of herbal medication, often in conjunction with western pharmaceutical medications. It should come as no surprise then, that … More Exploring African Herbal Remedies to fight COVID-19

Rural Women’s Assembly on Africa and the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the time of COVID-19, organisations like the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) are driving solutions to keep members and communities engaged and functioning in a very uncertain time. This does not mean that the RWA membership is not impacted by COVID-19, however, the women show resilience and strive to meet the demands of the pandemic … More Rural Women’s Assembly on Africa and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rural Women’s Assembly Update on COVID 19: Build People’s to People’s Solidarity

        This report highlights a summary of some of the key issues that have emerged from extensive consultations and brief reports from our RWA country chapters in Southern Africa. More than ten countries have contributed their perspectives of the situation in the region. As we write, the region is in a state … More Rural Women’s Assembly Update on COVID 19: Build People’s to People’s Solidarity

RWA 10th Anniversary Address: Key Dimensions of Social, Ecological and Political Economy Context of Southern Africa: Where are the points of intervention for a transformative feminist agenda?

Key Dimensions of Social, Ecological and Political Economy Context of southern Africa Where are the points of intervention for a transformative feminist agenda? By Masego Madzwamuse: As I was preparing for this talk two voices played in my head; One was the voice of Memory Kachanmbwa the Director of FEMNET who challenged me recently when … More RWA 10th Anniversary Address: Key Dimensions of Social, Ecological and Political Economy Context of Southern Africa: Where are the points of intervention for a transformative feminist agenda?