The country will probably fail to meet the millennium development goals as statistics suggest women are not benefitting from legislative gains.
What began in Afghanistan to inspire confidence in girls has landed in the parks and on the rooftops of Jo'burg's inner city.
South Africa's gender wage gap is among the world's worst, with women earning a third less on average than men.
Gender-based abuse costs South Africa up to R40bn a year, but can be tackled at its root by dads taking an active role in caring for their children.
Is government committed to fighting for or against women? A mistake in a press release for 16 days of activism is revealing, writes Verashni Pillay.
The recommendation for the judge president post of the high court in the Free State comes as candidates bemoan gender issues in the legal profession.
Differences between the sexes must be defined to be accepted – but should the language defining these differences be changed?
Playing the gender card has its merits, but will Thandi Modise also do and say the unthinkable just to stay alive, asks Haji Mohamed Dawjee.
Times are changing, albeit slowly, particularly within the younger expat Arab communities living in the Gulf states, who live away from relatives.
France has gone back on its plan to teach pupils about gender equality amid protests from the country's conservative right and religious groups.
The challenges women face cannot be denied, but let us not lose sight of where we have come from, writes Edna Molewa.
Zille has said there is a strong likelihood there will be more than one woman in the provincial executive after the elections.
The adoption of a new Bill, now before Cabinet, would help to fully emancipate South African women, Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana said in Tshwane.
Madiba is lauded for his contribution to the recognition of black people's dignity, and for guaranteeing the human rights of sexual minorities.
A same-sex married couple have expressed their anger at the apparent reluctance of a Durban-based Christian school to accept their children.
Of the 2 500 movers and shakers who have descended on the picture-postcard Swiss ski resort, for the World Economic Forum, a mere 17% are women.
Women's rights in Morocco are poised to improve with the probable scrapping of a law allowing rapists of minors to avoid jail by marrying them.
To some, gender may seem to be an unimportant topic, a frivolous diversion from the more critical problems of poverty, war, disease or racism.