Hivos International

Women's Rights

Hivos established the Women @ Work (W@W) program with the aim of promoting decent work for women who earn their living in global horticultural production chains. The program enlists the participation of Southern partners spread over Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia), with a consumer advocacy component, housed within Hivos headquarters in The Hague, aimed at promoting “ethical consumerism”, and proactive engagement with Northern governments. Women constitute the majority of horticultural sector workers. Gender dynamics make women more vulnerable to workplace violations.

Making women’s issues not women-only issues in Kenya

Making All Voices Count Programme Officers Mendi Njonjo and Crystal Simeoni reflect on their experience hosting debates on support for female politicians and the inclusion of women’s issues in the political sphere in Kwale, Kenya.

Rating post-rape services as a tool for accountability to rape survivors

Blog | March 8, 2017 | Ciana-Marie Pegus

Today is International Women’s Day. In South Africa, women’s day is celebrated on 9 August, to commemorate the moment in 1956 when 20,000 women marched to protest against the imposition of the infamous apartheid ‘pass laws’ which limited their freedom of movement.

The spirit of this key turning point in women’s empowerment and political mobilisation was captured in a popular protest song:Wathint' Abafazi Wathint' imbokodo! – now you have touched women, you have struck a rock.

More accountable systems for tackling sexual abuse and rape in Liberia

Blog | June 14, 2017 | Ash Hartwell

The TGCI Liberian Citizen-Government Engagement Project (CGEP) seeks to engage citizens and government in interventions to combat child sexual abuse and gender-based violence in Liberia. It works in areas of the country where there have been widespread reports of child and youth sexual abuse.

A new study from the Carter Center examines women’s right to information in Bangladesh. The research assessed whether women are able to exercise the right to information with the same facility as men and also identified the main obstacles facing women in accessing information, and types of information most critical to women for economic empowerment and the protection of rights.

Over the last decade, there has been a growing emphasis on making government information available to the public.

But while technological advances, new systems and updated processes have provided powerful platforms for accessing open data, there has been little or no emphasis on ensuring that women can have an equal share in open governance. Too often, the offline exclusion of women in public life and is being mirrored online.

A new generation of strategies for government accountability is needed, one that fully considers entrenched, institutional obstacles to change. Vertical integration of coordinated civil society policy monitoring and advocacy is one such strategy. Engaging each stage and level of public sector actions in an integrated way can locate the causes of accountability failures, show their interconnected nature, and leverage the local, national and transnational power shifts necessary to produce sustainable institutional change.

Mobile health (mHealth) interventions – in which mobile phones are used to advance positive health outcomes – have only recently been applied to addressing broader questions of health governance. This report discusses research on a mobile phone app that was designed to create a coordinated platform through which rape victims could express their views on the quality of services and support offered by police and health-care workers in South Africa, in order to promote greater accountability between service providers and clients.

Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is a private South African higher education institution, which received an innovation grant from Making All Voices Count to pilot an appropriate and confidential feedback mechanism for users of government post-rape services in Tshwane, South Africa.

Women on the Frontline is a three-year initiative funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Hivos and implemented jointly by Hivos, Oxfam, PwC, and Institute of War & Peace Reporting. It aimed to work towards the full and equal participation of women in transforming societies, by strengthening women’s organisations in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, and Tunisia.