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Interview: Ivorian priest offers haven for displaced people UNHCR 06/06/2019

In November last year, crisis erupted in Ivory Coast over disputed results of the presidential election. The United Nations recognised Alassane Ouattara as the new president, but the then-incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down. Months of conflict ensued between their troops and supporters, causing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes across this West African country.

Southern Africa: What has gender got to do with media freedom? GenderLinks 30/05/2019

This 3 May marked 20 years of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media, which was endorsed by UNESCO and the United Nations General Assembly in 1991. This endorsement ultimately led to the creation of 3 May as “World Press Freedom Day”.

SADC turns its back on human rights SW Radio Africa 30/05/2019

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has made the potentially devastating decision to dissolve the regional human rights court, for at least another year.

Poorest Promised New Deal, Yet Again InDepthNews 23/05/2019

While the prospect of halving poverty by 2015 as proclaimed by the United Nations at the turn of the millennium looks bleak, yet another UN conference has resolved to halve to 24 the number of world's poorest and most vulnerable nations -- known as the least developed countries (LDCs) - by 2021.

Photo feature: Barefoot Power brings solar lighting to East Africa Dowser 23/05/2019

A couple hours drive on a dusty road outside of the southern town of Masaka, Uganda, you’ll find Musubiro Village. Miles from the closest electricity grid, there is little hope of government power coming this way anytime soon.

Analysis: South African politicians need to help sisters do it for themselves GenderLinks 18/05/2019

Riding a taxi home the other day I was somewhat in awe of the woman driving it. She appeared to be the owner of the vehicle, in her mid forties, dignified and commanding respect simply by the look of pride on her face.

Professional cartoons now available on SNS Sardonic Salad 16/05/2019

American cartoonists Kit Lowrance and Chad Isely have created a one-panel comic called Sardonic Salad, and the episodes are now available free of charge for SNS members. The witty and funny Sardonic Salad cartoons have entertained readers across the globe.

Southern Africa: Give sportswomen an equal chance GenderLinks 16/05/2019

It is humbling and inspiring to imagine what Southern Africa’s outstanding sportswomen had to do in order to reach the top.

South Africa: Empowered faith, empowered women GenderLinks 09/05/2019

“Your husband is king.” This was recently the group consensus at a ladies faith-based study in the informal settlement of Masiphumelele in Cape Town. Agreement was muttered around the room as heads nodded.

Opposing child labor with consumer demand Dowser 02/05/2019

April 16th marked the anniversary of the death of Pakistani rug-slave-turned-activist Iqbal Massih who championed work against child labor and inspired the work of GoodWeave, a market-based solution to child labor in South Asia’s textile industry.

Mugabe elite exposed in new list of land seizures SW Radio Africa 02/05/2019

Robert Mugabe and his cronies have once again been exposed as the top beneficiaries of the unlawful land grab campaign, in a new report published last week.

UK, US relent on Zim ‘blood diamond’ ban SW Radio Africa 25/04/2019

Western calls for an international ban on trading in Zimbabwe’s controversial Chiadzwa diamonds appear to have been silenced, after a reported agreement on the country’s trade future was met in Dubai last week.

Column: The little red book of Mauritius GenderLinks 25/04/2019

No, it is not the Little Red Book of China’s late Mao Zedong, published in 1966. This little red book was launched in February 2011 by the Association of Advertising Agencies on its Code of Advertising Practice for Mauritius.

U.S. Nuclear Plants Confronted 14 Serious Failures in 2010 InDepthNews 18/04/2019

A new report reveals that in 2010 nuclear plants in the United States experienced at least 14 "near misses", serious failures in which safety was jeopardized, at least in part, due to lapses in oversight and enforcement by U.S. nuclear safety regulators.

Ivorian women struggle to survive in crowded refugee camps Gender Links 11/04/2019

After leaving her husband behind to protect their home, Philomene Eholi* recently fled the Ivory Coast with her mother and 11 children.

My experience of undergoing female genital mutilation GenderLinks 21/03/2019

At age 18 I was told the time had come for me to go through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). I didn’t want to. It was my mother and maternal grandmother’s idea: they’d also been responsible for the initiation of all of my female siblings. My mother cried and pleaded with me, begging me not to bring shame to my family. She told me it was not going to be hard because I was having it done in a hospital. I didn’t know it could be done in hospital; at the time this came as a shock.

A revolution that failed in Zimbabwe InDepth News 11/03/2019

Zimbabwe witnessed a fierce psychological battle at the beginning of March 2011. Inspired by their new role models in the Arab world, political activists and civic society organisations tried to mobilise people for mass protests to demand a change in government. But not a single demonstrator turned up on March 1 for the much-billed 1 million-man march against President Robert Mugabe.

Social media: for action not just commentary Dowser 11/03/2019

While some applaud the power of social media to create social change, others doubt that information and discussion moves users to action. This autumn, Malcolm Gladwell ( in the New Yorker took a strong stand against social media's “weak ties,” which ask too little of participants, and do not lead to “high risk activism". These ties, he argued, provide information but don't compel us to act. Cindy Gallop founded If We Ran The World ( and wants to make social media as “act-friendly” as possible.

Security presence intensifies ahead of anti-Mugabe march SW Radio Africa 07/03/2019

The loyal ZANU PF security forces intensified their presence in Harare on Monday, ahead of a planned public protest against the Robert Mugabe regime.

No decent work for African cross-border traders Gender Links 07/03/2019

A couple weeks ago while crossing the Tanzania-Kenya border, I overheard a man teasing a cross-border trader that she was not likely to get married because of the nature of her work.

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