Siyanda Update: Gender and Social Protection, Issue No. 70, October 2008

Siyanda Update: Gender and Social Protection, Issue No. 70, October 2008

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Oct 2008


In This Issue:

I. Quick Guide: Gender and Social Protection
II. Country Focus: Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and HIV/AIDS in East and Southern Africa
IV. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

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I. Quick Guide: Gender and Social Protection
Why are gender-sensitive social protection initiatives more effective at reducing the risks and overcoming the vulnerabilities many poor people face? The following resources are from a selection which have been summarised and included in the Siyanda database:

- Unprotected Employment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Gender Equality and Workers' Rights Perspective (in English and Arabic), The International Labour Organization, June 2008
What work opportunities are available to women within the Palestinian economy, and how can new social protection frameworks help to increase the value, and rights of, women workers?

- Mainstreaming Gender in Social Protection for the Informal Economy, Commonwealth Secretariat, January 2008
How can the money spent on social protection measures make more of a difference to the lives of women workers?

- Conditional Cash Transfers: What Implications for Equality and Social Cohesion? The Experience of Opportunidades in Mexico, Experiencias Prácticas e Iniciativas de Cohesión social (EPIC), January 2008
What are the social impacts of conditional cash transfers administered by the organisation Opportunidades in Mexico?

- Manual for Gender Mainstreaming: Social Inclusion and Social Protection Policies, European Commission, January 2007
What do European Union (EU) policy makers need to do to mainstream gender into social inclusion and social protection policies within Member States?

- The Gender Implications of Pension Reforms. General Remarks and Evidence from Selected Countries, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), January 2006
Globally, women make up the majority of older people, as well as the majority of the elderly living in poverty. Despite these facts, and despite international and national commitments to gender mainstreaming in all policy fields, concerns about gender equality have been largely absent from mainstream pension policy debates.

- Gendered Implications of Tax Reform in Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and Jamaica, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), May 2005
How have progressive tax reforms and other policies helped some Latin American countries to generate more revenue for education, health and poverty reduction programmes which help mitigate gender inequalities?

You can find additional resources on gender and social protection in Siyanda at:

Women’s Movements will be the next Quick Guide theme, in November 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

II. Country Focus: Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland

- Positive Women Monitoring Change: A Monitoring Tool on Access to Care, Treatment and Support Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Violence Against Women, The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and The Support to International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa Programme, (Updated) September 2008
Fed up with being approached by researchers but never seeing the results, HIV positive women in Lesotho and Swaziland devised this tool to monitor commitment to their rights.

- SADC Protocol on Gender and Development (in English, French and Portuguese), Southern African Development Community (SADC), August 2008
This Protocol, signed by leaders of the Southern African Development Community, affirms commitments to achieving gender equality and sets out 23 targets.

- Gender Auditing Energy Policy in Africa: the Case of Botswana, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), January 2008
Why are women in Botswana generally excluded from decision and policy-making in the country's energy sector, and what implications does this have?

- Swaziland 365 Day National Action Plan to End Gender Violence (Draft), Government of Swaziland, July 2007
The Swaziland 365 Day National Action Plan to End Gender Violence is a comprehensive multi sector plan to end gender violence, providing specific targets, timeframes, responsibilities, outputs and budget over a three year period.

- Oral Testimonies on Gender: the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, Panos Oral Testimony Programme, January 2006
These oral testimonies of women and men offer personal perspectives on change, development and gender in the context of imminent relocation due to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).

You can find other resources in Siyanda about Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland at:

Please also visit the Country Focus archive section:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and HIV/AIDS in East and Southern Africa
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have an interest in gender and HIV/AIDS in East and Southern Africa:

- Straight Talk: HIV/AIDS on Farms in the Western Cape, Van Zyl. M, 2006
- Health and Hope in Our Hands: Addressing HIV and AIDS in the Aftermath of Rape and Woman Abuse, Gerntholtz, L., 2005
- HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. International Guidelines. A Training Manual for Civil Society Groupings, Øverland, L. and Kehler, J., 2005
- The Importance of Health and Hygiene Education in Water and Sanitation Delivery for HIV/AIDS Infected: A Case Study of Ba-Phalaborwa Village in Limpopo Province, Khalushi, R. I., 2004
- Fluid Households; Complex Families: the Impacts of Children's Migration as a Response to HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, Young, L. and Ansell, N., 2003
- Gendering Prevention Practice. A Practical Guide to Working with Gender in Sexual Safety and HIV Awareness Education, Lewis, J., 2002

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,300 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

IV. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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