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India fears China may copycat its military doctrine InDepth News 19/09/2019

China's development of infrastructure across the border is no news. Its defence budget has increased from about $17 billion in 2001 to $91 billion in 2011. Some estimates in fact put China's actual expenditure at two to two and half times the official budget. In 2010 the US state department's annual report to the US Congress on China's military strength had estimated China's actual expenditure to be $150 billion instead of the announced defence budget of $81.3 billion. Compared to this, India's defence budget in 2001-02 was $13.5 billion and it has increased only to $36.03 billion for 2011-12.

‘Domestic violence must be included in South African crime stats’ GenderLinks 19/09/2019

South African Police Minister Nathi Mthetwa recently released annual crime statistics for 2010-2011. On average, crime has decreased and the murder rate dropped by 6.5%. However, it was shocking to read there was a 5.6% increase in the number of women murdered last year. This while police claim violence against women and children is a priority.

Scotland win Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup Homeless World Cup 29/08/2019

Scotland have won the Homeless World Cup for a second time beating Mexico in the final in Paris. Kenya are champions of the women's tournament also beating Mexico to clinch the title.

Rate of LGB teen homelessness considerably higher than for heterosexuals Healthy Living News 08/08/2019

A new study reveals that 1 in 4 gay and lesbian teens and about 15% of bisexual teenagers may be homeless. The rate is considerably higher than among homeless heterosexual teens according to the study. In addition, the study also showed that many lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens (LGB) who are homeless are more likely than heterosexual teens to be on their own without a parent or guardian.

Better education will help fight unsafe abortions GenderLinks 03/08/2019

Lucia Makamure discusses how criminalising abortions and discouraging contraceptive use in regions of Africa has made women turn to unsafe abortion practices. With these practices claiming millions of women’s lives every year, Lucia encourages governments in the region to revise their moral and legal approach to family planning.

Sardonic Salad cartoons return to SNS Sardonic Salad 01/08/2019

American cartoonists Kit Lowrance and Chad Isely have created a one-panel comic called Sardonic Salad. The second batch of these witty and funny cartoons are now available free of charge for SNS members.

Soap opera's don’t have to reinforce negative stereotypes Gender Links 01/08/2019

Do television soap opera’s have a responsibility to portray their fictional world as a non-discriminatory version of society? Ntombi Mbadlanyana discusses how television networks can reinforce negative stereotypes of various minorities within South Africa.

South Africa: Helping give life back GenderLinks 18/07/2019

I will call myself Nomsa Motha. It is not my real name and I will tell you why I do not reveal it. I am 32-year-old mother of two. I am living positively with HIV and AIDS. But I have one problem.

The Obama administration gets entrepreneurial with StartupAmerica and ChooseMyPlate Dowser 11/07/2019

It’s easy to be critical of government: it seems that our leaders never do enough to fix all the problems we face, whether they are economic, social, international, or domestic. Often social change comes from the ground up, not the other way around.

More farmers kicked off land in ongoing invasions SW Radio Africa 27/06/2019

More commercial farmers have been kicked off their land in recent weeks as part of ongoing invasions across Zimbabwe.

Four new professional cartoons on SNS Sardonic Salad 20/06/2019

American cartoonists Kit Lowrance and Chad Isely have created a one-panel comic called Sardonic Salad. The second batch of these witty and funny cartoons are now available free of charge for SNS members.

Interview: Giulia Binazzi Red Petal 20/06/2019

Giulia Binazzi has a degree in Political Science and she attended a Master’s in Human Rights and Conflict Management. Since the beginning of her career she has worked in defense of children and adults in need and she has faced very hard topics. Together with UNHCR she attended to refugees. With Doctors Without Borders she looked after people landed in Sicily. Today she is working for Naga, a NGO that offers free medical, legal and social assistance to foreigner citizens, Roma, Sinti, asylum seekers, refugees and victims of torture.

Intervista: Giulia Binazzi Petali Rossi 20/06/2019

Laureata in Scienze Politiche e con un Master in Diritti Umani e Gestione dei Conflitti, Giulia Binazzi sin dall’inizio del suo percorso professionale ha lavorato in difesa di minori e adulti in difficoltà, affrontando temi politicamente “caldissimi”. Con UNHCR è stata accanto ai rifugiati. Con Medici Senza Frontiere si è occupata delle persone sbarcate in Sicilia. Oggi è impegnata al Naga, associazione che offre assistenza sanitaria, legale e sociale gratuita a cittadini stranieri irregolari e non, rom, sinti, richiedenti asilo, rifugiati e vittime della tortura.

Mozambique tries to clean up illicit diamond trade SW Radio Africa 20/06/2019

Mozambique is said to be in the process of trying to clean up its illicit diamond trade, amid ongoing reports that the country is the central hub of smuggling from Zimbabwe.

Climate change is a gender issue GenderLinks 20/06/2019

Imagine a woman we’ll call Ruth Chitekwele. She is worried about the future, especially what might happen to her children.

World Day Against Child Labour: South Africa’s forgotten children GenderLinks 13/06/2019

The theme for this year’s World Day Against Child Labour is “Caution! Children in Hazardous Work”.

IMF, the Paris Elite and Madame Lagarde's 'Perfect English' InDepthNews 13/06/2019

Paris journalists argued in a recent "debate" on the national public radio 'France Info' that Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is an ideal European nominee to lead the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because she speaks "such perfect English".

Interview: Maria Springer, co-founder of Kito International, an organization that employs Kenyan street youth Dowser 13/06/2019

When a good idea is executed poorly, the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. Maria Springer is the co-founder of Kito International an organization that employs Kenyan street youth in BoP (Base of the Pyramid) businesses.

Opinion: Let’s put an end to the media’s gender blackout GenderLinks 06/06/2019

On 3 May journalists the world over commemorated World Press Freedom Day with gusto and pomp. They used the opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future events that have shaped the profession.

ZANU PF torture agent not immune from prosecution in the UK SW Radio Africa 06/06/2019

A self confessed ZANU PF henchman, who has controversially received asylum in the UK, will not be immune from prosecution abroad for the crimes he allegedly committed.

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