Tag: South Africa

South Africa: Fight to Conserve Historical Traditions Encroaches on Women’s Rights

by Michelle Leung -South Africa- “Who are we as Africans?” Mazibuko Jara, a human rights activist, posed this question to the attendees of a dialogue held on May 16, 2013 discussing a controversial bill seeking to legitimize a traditional court

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Women Leaders: Africa’s Available Yet Underutilized Resource

by Susan Enuogbope Majekodunmi -USA- My maternal grandfather’s mantra was, “Educate a woman, and you feed and educate her family.” He educated his daughters when Nigerian fathers rarely did. My grandfather was also very interested in my education and often

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Director Oliver Schmitz and Actress Khomotso Manyaka on Life, Above All

by Jessica Mosby -USA- Life, Above All tells the story of 12-year-old Chanda who takes responsibility for her family after her baby sister dies and her mother falls ill. Fueled by rumors, the rural village outside Johannesburg quickly ostracizes the

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“South Africa Treats Zimbabwean Refugees Like Criminals”

by Grace Kwinjeh – South Africa – Last week Zimbabwe’s civil society and opposition held a commemorative vigil marking the anniversary of the gruesome torture of opposition leaders (myself included) at the hands of the Mugabe government. The world watched

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Angels in the Dust: A Glimmer of Hope in HIV/AIDS Epidemic

by Jessica Mosby – USA – 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa will have been infected with HIV/AIDS by the year 2010. Another 26 million children will be orphaned by the virus. The idea that two ordinary people could affect,

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