Africans on the Rise

Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as a special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. She previously held the post of UN Deputy Secretary General and in Tanzania served in several positions including Foreign Minister. She is a lawyer by training and was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of…

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Where We Must Stand: African women in an age of war

In the next three weeks, thousands of people will converge in New York for the UN’s fifty-seventh Commission on the Status of Women from March 4 – 15. This year’s priority theme is: Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, a theme that resonates globally in the midst of war…

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Africa By the Afrcans: Young Tastemakers Aim to Challenge Stereotypes of Africa

The stereotypes about Africa/Africans are too many to list here. They’re mostly negative, myopic depictions that focus on war, famine, abject poverty, disease, and corruption. In other oversimplifications, Africans are written up as model immigrants, overachieving geniuses, or displaced chiefs moonlighting as gas station attendants. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Understanding Media’s Impact on Africa’s Waves of Democracy

Media and democratization are clearly inseparable bedfellows. The relationship between the two is complex at worst and interwoven at best. From the period of decolonization in Africa to self rule —punctuated with military interregnum and full democratization, the continent has undergone several waves in her evolution as a sovereign entity. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Bineta Diop

Congo-Kinshasa: Bring Women into DRC Peace Talks – Diop

It’s a country the size of all of western Europe, with enormous mineral riches that enable the artifacts of modern life, from mobile phones and tablets to circuit boards and solar panels. It is also, by many accounts, the worst place to be a woman. Last month Bineta Diop – named by Time magazine as one…

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Kenya: the women who stand to be counted

Women in Kenya’s second largest slum, Korogocho, face forced evictions, domestic violence and rape as a weapon of gang war on a daily basis. Naomi Vulenywa reflects upon her experience of living in the slum as a women human rights defender. Slums are synonymous with women as the effects of poverty are principally endured by women….

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