Leila Zerrougui on Children and Armed Conflict

The UN has recently upped the pressure on militias and entities that use child soldiers. Armen Georgian asks the UN Special Representative for Children and Conflict whether these sanctions have had any effect. Leila Zerrougui explains that the biggest challenge is stopping non-state armed groups from using child soldiers, since they are much less vulnerable…

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An interview with Charles Abugre

An interview with Charles Abugre, Director for the African region of the UN Millennium Campaign – the global UN campaign to fight poverty. In this video, we hear about why the campaign is so important to millions around the world and the chance we as a planet have to create a vision for a better, more…

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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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