As South Africa celebrates Freedom Month, we bring you a plain language version of the country’s globally admired Bill of Rights – our guarantee of freedom. Get to know your rights, and protect the rights of others.
Besides the late Nelson Mandela, many other South Africans have stood up for human rights. Among their names, we can count people like Desmond Tutu and Miriam Makeba. They have all devoted their time and talents to improving the lives of all people.
Too often, the stories of Africa are shrouded in pain and suffering. Sibahle, which means "we are beautiful", is trying to change that by tackling negative stereotypes and creating a different picture.
Female taxi drivers could soon be plying the streets of Cairo, carting their female passengers from point A to point B. Pink Taxi Egypt, a new initiative, wants to make female passengers feel safer while using cabs in the city, but it has already faced criticism.
SA ranks high for its legal framework regarding women's and gender rights, but Pontsho Manzi says that South Africans need to play their part in making true gender equality a reality by teaching children that men and women are equal.
Changes to the law have not made as much impact in bringing about gender equality as had been expected. The time has come, says the International Women's Forum South Africa, for enforcement. Its Women's Empowerment Index will analyse progress until 2020.
Football for Hope, a FIFA initiative to raise awareness of HIV/Aids prevention among township youth in South Africa, is proving successful. It is increasing awareness of the importance of gender equality, the ravages of sexual violence and the ramifications of teenage pregnancy.
Despite undertakings by the government and corporates, South African women on average earn 28.1% less than their male counterparts. The gender pay gap goes back a long way, with women generally confined to lower-paid, less-skilled jobs, or kept back by the glass ceiling.
• Educated children help the nation grow
Disadvantaged women who are abused – particularly by their partners – can get assistance through the Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development, which offers public awareness and advocacy, training and counselling, among other services.