International Women’s Day 2013

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day 2013 on March 8th, AllAfrica compiles a list from its various news partners, with perspectives on the rights of women around the continent. The list features press releases, reports, and news articles from 10+ African countries on a broad array of topics ranging from the gender-based violence to…

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South African Philanthropist Patrice Motsepe

South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe and his wife Precious became African philanthropic trailblazers when they joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates’ Giving Pledge earlier this year. By joining the Giving Pledge, the Motsepe’s commit to giving away half of their wealth to benefit others’ lives. For Motsepe, his participation in the Giving Pledge is an…

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We Are Fed Up! A New Generation of Sudanese Youth Activists

Like Senegal’s Y’en a Marre or Egypt’s Kifaya movement, the youth-led Sudanese activist movement Girifna means “we are fed up,” or “enough.” The group challenges the ruling party in the politically charged climate of Khartoum where dissent is scarcely tolerated. Girifna has borne the brunt of government crackdowns, round-ups, tear-gas and torture for over four years….

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Mali: An African Solution to An African Problem

The jihadist invasion of Timbuktu catapulted this Malian UN World Heritage Site into the media spotlight amid concerns about the entrenchment of al-Qaeda in the region, the safety of locals and preservation of the historical mosques. This week AS4A shares with our readers two different views on the French military response to the situation backed…

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Pontifex Africanus: Could the Next Pope be African?

The second African Pope, or the first black African Pope? That is the question. Since Pope Benedict XVI announced his pending February 28, 2013 resignation, speculation is rife about his successor. Once again the question is being asked if the next Pope will be African. AS4A shares with you an article on the possible African…

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Is The AU Fit For Purpose?

Although there is no organisation in Africa that is as frequently “badmouthed” as the African Union (AU), it has done it again! At its summit in Addis Ababa in July, it voted four times before it selected the person who should head the commission that runs its secretariat (or in former times the “secretary general”…

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