Ending Female Genital Mutilation

Male and female pupils are sitting on the floor and preponderantly clapping their hands.Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is often considered and defended as part of the local tradition. Existing legal bans are often enforced sporadically, if at all. But promising approaches in the fight against FGM do exist, especially in the fields of health, education and good governance. GIZ advises the German development cooperation, provides information on successful approaches and advises other actors on how to implement measures in a sustainable way. The exchange of experience in several regional and international networks is another aspect of our promotion and proliferation of successful models to overcome female genital mutilation.

Further information is available at www.giz.de/fgm.

Towards Gender-Responsive HIV-Programs

BACKUP.jpgThe German BACKUP Initiative supports civil society and state partners in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Cameroon in the planning, implementation and evaluation of gender-oriented HIV programs. In Malawi and Burkina Faso partnerships have been established with forums of civil society organizations aiming at the creation of greater political will for gender-oriented HIV programs. In Burkina Faso, the National AIDS Council receives consultancy services on how to integrate gender aspects into its new national HIV strategic framework. In Cameroon, the cooperation with a Regional Penitentiary Administration will promote gender-oriented responses to HIV and AIDS in prisons. Partnerships with civil society organizations will focus on linkages between HIV prevention and violence against women and girls. In Kenya, discriminated groups such as MSM and LGBTI who do not have adequate access to HIV prevention and care services, will be supported and networked. In Tanzania, the district cooperation of civil society organizations with local government authorities is supported to better integrate gender issues into their HIV related projects.

Further Information is available at www.giz.de/backup.

Men Fighting Gender-Based Violence

map_2_4_1.jpgWith the motto “No violence against women”, more than 100 men from Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa went on a bus tour. The buses flew flags with the slogan: “Peace in Africa Begins at Home: Men Fight Gender-Based Violence”. The men, some of whom had themselves hurt women in the past, addressed thousands of people with music, dance, interactive street theatre, and awareness-raising material on the topics of gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. The success of this measure lies in the fact that men were won over as so-called change agents. They understand and make others aware of the responsibility of their own sex for non-violence vis-à-vis women. As a result a network with more than 250 was formed. It has reached thousands of men and women in Kenya.

For further information about any of the projects mentioned here, please write to us at gender@giz.de.

Gender and Skills for Green Jobs

“A Green Economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” (UNEP).

The South African government expects to create 300,000 new jobs related to climate and the environment by 2020. This is a great opportunity for social improvement, including for more gender equality. But looking at the green economy worldwide, it is mainly men who are benefiting from increasing job opportunities in the green sector. How can we make sure that women benefit in the same way as men from the newly created job opportunities?

In this context, the Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ) programme aims at enhancing inter alia green skills development for both women and men and demand for green skills in the labour market.

Watch the movie "Skills for green jobs"

Further information is available at: https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/17848.html