Introduction to Women'sNet

Women’sNet is a feminist organisation that works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa,  through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). We provide training and facilitate content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use.

Our website is a hub of information by women, about women and gender, and has a focus on South African and African content. We help women to find the people, issues, resources and tools they need for social activism.

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loveLife’s UNCUT Puts the Spotlight on Gender-Based Violence this Women’s Month

1 Sept 2015

With the focus on women in August, loveLife, South Africa’s national youth leadership development organisation, has released a special online edition of its cutting-­‐edge youth magazine, UNCUT, to raise awareness...

Nomination to GEM-TECH Awards 2015 closes today!

Awards Closes: 
12 August 2015

This is the second edition of the annual joint ITU and UN Women Award to celebrate outstanding people and entities who champion gender equality in the field of ICTs. In 2014, APC’s...

ActionAid International: International Secretariat HR Coordinator

Application Deadline: 
3 Jul 2015

Actiona Aid International seeks to appoint an International Secretariat (IS) Human Resources (HR) Coordinator, based in in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Household survey: HIV prevalence increases

Published date: 
20 Jun 2015

The proportion of South Africans infected with HIV has increased from 10.6% in 2008 to 12.3% in 2012, according to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

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Social grants decrease teenage girls' risk of contracting HIV

Published date: 
18 Jun 2015

Child support grants can significantly reduce teenage girls' chances of contracting HIV, according to study results released at the sixth South African HIV conference in Durban this week. "Girls are half as likely to be having transactional sex or become involved with older partners if they get a child–focussed grant or go to a free school – which reduces their chance of contracting HIV," said Lucie Cluver, who is affiliated with both the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford.  

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Polygyny: Our human rights half-job

Published date: 
13 Jun 2015

"Nkosi Patekile Holomisa, President of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa), has slammed a recent Constitutional Court ruling on Tsonga marriages, saying it had the potential to “wreak havoc” in families. The ruling purported to develop Tsonga customary law regarding polygynous marriages, requiring men who marry more than one wife to seek consent from the first wife. But the problem with the judgment is not that it would “wreak havoc” in families, but rather, that it fails adequately to consider the potential negative effects of polygynous marriage practices on the wives involved in such marriages." 

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Number of women in ICT “woeful” globally and in Africa

Published date: 
10 Jun 2015

"The role of women in ICT across Africa- and, indeed, the number of women embarking on careers within the sector, continues to attract more attention. It is a subject fuelled by the growth of the sector across the continent and the need for companies to replenish skills, develop HR and reinforce their ability to compete."

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