This year on International Women’s Day we profile Kasha Nabagesera who has walked the rough path many would have surrendered, fighting for justice for the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community in Uganda. Nabagesera has been bold for change as the theme for #IWD 2017 calls on everyone, to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive world #BeBoldForChange.
As the world marks the International Women’s Day, we celebrate the brave Liberian Ebola nurse, Salome Karwah who died recently in a Monrovia hospital from complications after giving birth to a baby boy. Salome was #BoldForChange and we celebrate her today for her remarkable job in saving many victims of the Ebola virus.
Nigeria’s Andela has received the U.S. Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The startup, which specialises in software development is based in Nigeria and Kenya.
World renowned Kenyan writer and literature scholar Professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o has suggested the rename of the South African city of East London to be renamed after the late great African scholar Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi. A honour befitting Mqhayi, will be renaming the city East London after him to commemorate his remarkable literary work, and it will be an honour to many African leaders whose contributions have never been recognized in the post colonial era.
Zimbabwe’s High Court has banned corporal punishment at school and home. The ruling comes after disgruntled parents complained following the thorough beating of their children, some as young as six years old by teachers. While the ruling has been widely hailed, some conservative voices have been vocal against the abolition of corporal punishment and continue to buy into the belief, spoil the rod and spoil the child.
Somalia’s new president Mohamed Abdullahi was inaugurated on Wednesday, 22nd February and promised his people that he will restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warned it will take another two decades to “fix” the country’s problems, which include instability, a result of terrorism and years of conflict.
South Africa’s High Court has ruled that the country’s planned decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is unconstitutional and invalid. Last October, the government made an application to the United Nations (UN) indicating its intention to leave the ICC as a result of the court’s alleged bias against African nations. The High Court ruling is a setback for President Jacob Zuma’s government, which is likely going to appeal the ruling.
Meet our hero of the week, Patrick Mwalua, a Kenyan man fighting to save vulnerable wildlife in the country’s drought affected region. Mwalua drives hours every day in the heat to bring water to wild animals in Tsavo National Park as famine continues killing more animals in Kenya’s game reserves. A crowd funding initiative on GoFundMe has been created to help fund the water delivery project. The campaign has raised well over $131,000 so far.
The Tanzanian government has suspended U.S. funded AIDS programs for the gay community in what is seen as a crackdown on homosexuals in Tanzania. The suspension was followed by the closure of all 40 health centres which provided AIDS-related services to homosexuals. In most African countries there have been sharp divisions over homosexuality and authorities have consistently escalated their campaigns against homosexuality.