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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16 Days: from demystification to denunciation

One afternoon in 2011, a little girl was attracted into a shop in a market in a town in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon. A man held her at knife point and obliged her to have sex with him. This happened to the girl several times over the course of several months without anybody…

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Jay Naidoo: African Youth: Fulfilling the potential

Africa has two major leadership problems: firstly, its leadership is fragmented. And secondly, its leaders are stagnating. We need a bold new vision that will integrate the continent and engage the new generation in building its future. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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African Youth – Current Leaders of Social Change

African youth make a difference in society. Unfortunately, their positive influence is overshadowed by media portrayal of them as victims of corrupt regimes and dysfunctional economies or a potential source of socio-political destabilization.  This is one side of the story and definitely not representative of all African youth. The other story, often neglected or hardly…

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Meles Zenawi, 1955 – 2012

Stubborn, Single-minded Pursuit of “Democratic Developmentalism.” In life and in death Prime Minister Meles Zenawi left no room for ambiguity – you love him or you hate him with a passion. You admire him or you loath him with a passion. You agree or disagree with him with a passion. You debate with clarity, purpose…

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Corruption and Illicit Capital Flows

Exploring the Phenomenon Through the Case of Chris Okemo and Samuel Gichuru, Kenya. I am attracted to write about dirty money because of two outstanding feature stories I recently read. The first is the cover story in the Nairobi Law Monthly (NLM) magazine Vol.2 Issue 7, July 2007 entitled ‘On the trail of Kenya’s lords of…

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