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Africa:Warning Signs Flash As Governance Progress Slows
[allAfrica] Cape Town -Forty of Africa's 55 nations have improved their standards of governance in the past decade, while only 12 have seen a decline. But the rate of improvement has slowed in recent years.
11/20/2017 03:33 PM
Africa:Decent Toilets for Women and Girls Vital for Gender Equality
[IPS] London -This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19) - and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.
11/20/2017 10:47 AM
Uganda:Gays Ask for Separate Police Cells
[Observer] Protesting discrimination and harassment by other suspects, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda want police to lock them up in separate police cells if and when they get arrested.
11/20/2017 06:52 AM
South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Manamela's Late Application for Postponement Dismissed
[News24Wire] Justice Dikgang Moseneke has dismissed an application by Gauteng Director of Mental Health Dr Mmakgabo Manamela for a four-week postponement in giving testimony on her role in a rushed move of over 3 000 mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni to various unlicensed NGOs in 2016.
11/20/2017 03:08 PM
Africa:The International Protection System Is Failing Refugee Women and Girls
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the legal frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders.
11/20/2017 03:05 PM
Africa:Anti-Trafficking Group Wins Interpol Award for Child Sexual Exploitation Fight
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -An international anti-trafficking group received an Interpol award on Friday for its work tackling the sexual exploitation of children around the world.
11/20/2017 02:53 PM
Liberia:'Liberia Needs More State Lawyers to Prosecute SGBV Cases'
[Observer] The outgoing Legal Advisor of the Sexual Gender Based Violence-Crime Unit (SGBV-CU) at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has challenged the ministry to intensify the ongoing fight against persons accused of sexual offenses in spite of the gains made in that direction so far.
11/20/2017 01:11 PM
Zimbabwe:New Local Film Tackles Child Exploitation
[The Herald] A new feature film titled "Forgiven" that unravels issues of child prostitution, bad influence and drug abuse is set to hit the screen before the end of the year.
11/20/2017 12:02 PM
Rwanda:Toilet Hygiene - a Practice That Will Keep Your Household Safe
[New Times] Yesterday (November 19) was World Toilet Day, a day aimed at inspiring action to tackle global sanitation crises. In Rwanda, the Ministry of Health has embarked on different activities to ensure good sanitation within the population.
11/20/2017 11:01 AM
Nigeria:Lagos Government, Monarch Join Fight Against Domestic Violence
[Guardian] The Lagos State government in partnership with the state's Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) and the indigenes of the Ikorodu area of the state, over the weekend, did an advocacy walk.
11/20/2017 10:47 AM
Nigeria:Tragedy of the Migrants
[Guardian] The death of 26 migrant Nigerians, all female, between the ages of 14 and 18, whose bodies were recovered from the Mediterranean by a Spanish Warship, Cantabria, the other day is the latest poignant illustration of how deeply Nigerians are involved either as traders or victims in the international web of human trafficking.
11/20/2017 10:21 AM
Nigeria:CDHR Decries Absence of Government-Signed Treaties Record
[Guardian] The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, (CDHR), yesterday expressed deep concerns over the embarrassing report that Nigeria does not have available, inclusive and updated record of treaties and conventions to which she is a signatory.
11/20/2017 09:37 AM
Namibia:Zimbabweans Join Anti-Mugabe Protest
[New Era] Windhoek -An unprecedented demonstration involving hundreds of thousands of people in Harare on Saturday demanding that long-time President Robert Mugabe cede power immediately resonated with hundreds of Zimbabwean traders and expatriates based in Namibia, who on Saturday made similar demands to their embassy in Windhoek.
11/20/2017 09:15 AM
Africa:The Russian Revolution and Pan African Revolutionary Traditions
[Fahamu] All over Africa the conditions exist for revolution. But there is urgency to clarify the ideas, organization and leadership necessary for the African Revolution. The Russian Revolution of 100 years ago provides important lessons for African Revolutionaries in their quest to dismantle oppression and build just societies today.
11/20/2017 08:56 AM
Africa:Human Rights - Sudan, Somalia and Madagascar
[PR Newswire] Strasbourg, France -MEPs call for an end to the arbitrary detention of journalists in Sudan, condemn the terrorist attacks in Somalia, and express their concern regarding the upcoming elections in Madagascar.
11/20/2017 09:47 AM
Zimbabwe:Who Will Rule Next? Mnangagwa? Sekeramayi?
[African Arguments] Many in Zimbabwe and beyond are talking about the events of the past 48 hours as if it marks the start of a profound political transformation. This is misjudged.
11/18/2017 06:32 AM
Africa:The World Is Losing the Battle Against Child Labour
[IPS] Buenos Aires -The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, which drew nearly 2000 delegates from 190 countries to the Argentine capital, left many declarations of good intentions but nothing to celebrate.
11/18/2017 11:11 AM
Zimbabwe:Call for Peace, Stability and Respect for the Sanctity of Human Life
[Kubatana.net] The National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO), the umbrella body of NGOs operating in Zimbabwe, notes with concern the current political developments in the nation, which impacts on the peace and stability of the country. We call on all stakeholders to remain focused, composed and guided by the Constitution. Zimbabweans are a peace-loving people, a heritage that we cherish.
11/18/2017 06:21 AM
Tanzania:Jobs and Paid-for Schooling Can Keep Tanzanian Girls From Early Marriages
[The Conversation Africa] Sub-Saharan Africa is home to four of the top five countries in early marriage - or child marriage - rates: Niger, Chad, Mali and Central African Republic. Despite decades of campaigning to restrict or forbid early marriage, little has changed for the world's poorest women. The percentage of these particularly poor women who were in a conjugal union by the age of 18 has remained unchanged for the continent as a whole since 1990 - and has actually risen in East Africa.
11/18/2017 10:50 AM
Africa:Factbox - State of Same-Sex Marriage Around the World
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Same-sex marriage is legal in 25 countries
11/17/2017 02:52 PM
Africa:Remembering Dignity in the Fight to End Modern Slavery
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The constant barrage of negative images is not only misrepresentative of the experience of slavery, it is also disempowering
11/17/2017 02:49 PM
South Africa:Why Expanding Access to Contraception - and Abortions - Is a 'Best Buy'
[Bhekisisa] Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.
11/17/2017 11:56 AM
Malawi:Group to Build LGBTI Inclusiveness Among Faith Community
[Nyasa Times] One of Malawi's faith based organisations Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected with HIV and Aids (MANERELA) has embarked on a new project under the theme 'Building LGBTI Inclusive Faith Communities in Malawi'.
11/17/2017 10:27 AM
Southern Africa:Mnangagwa, Army May Mean More Bad News for Zimbabwe
[The Conversation Africa] The military has taken control of the national broadcaster, troops are in the streets and the president is being held in a secure environment. All military leave is cancelled and a senior general has addressed the nation. Yet the Zimbabwean military continues with the pretence that this is not a coup d'etat.
11/17/2017 09:26 AM
Congo-Kinshasa:Resolving the Political Crisis in DR Congo
[HRW] Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the invitation to testify. I appreciate your ongoing and bipartisan interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is at a critical juncture. The absence of senior-level attention from the executive branch has also been concerning, making this hearing particularly timely.
11/17/2017 07:42 AM
Nigeria:Ogun Assembly Passes Bill Eliminating Discrimination Against Disabled Persons
[Premium Times] The Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill protecting people living with disabilities.
11/17/2017 12:00 PM
South Africa:'They Made Me Feel Like a Murderer' - Stigma Endangers Women Seeking Legal Abortions
[Bhekisisa] Bontle Mabe turned to a loan shark to fund her abortion after she was turned away for five days in a row at her local clinic.
11/17/2017 11:58 AM
Gambia:Lang Conteh Narrates Ordeal With the Former Regime
[Foroyaa] Continuing with his testimony before the 'Janneh' Commission that is probing into the financial dealings, assets and close associates of former president Yahya Jammeh, the former Foreign Exchange Manager at the Central Bank of The Gambia Lang Conteh, alleged that the 'Paul' Commission was setup purposely to investigate him on how he acquired his assets and other luxuries.
11/17/2017 11:14 AM
Sudan:Journalists Detained At Khartoum Vigil Against New Press Amendments
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Newspaper journalists Shamail El Nur from El Tayyar and Mohammed Mustafa from Alwan were detained by agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) as dozens of journalists gathered for a vigil in front of the Press and Publications Council in Khartoum in protest against the proposed amendments to the Press and Publications Act. They were released later.
11/17/2017 10:14 AM
South Africa:Patients Given Same Treatment, Despite Different Mental Conditions
[News24Wire] Despite having different diagnoses, former Life Esidimeni patients were all given the same medical treatment and minimal food at one facility, the arbitration hearing has heard on Thursday.
11/17/2017 08:58 AM