Violence against women and girls is still a global pandemic. Around the world, one in three women have experienced some form of violence, either sexual or physical violence. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites everyone across the world to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence (16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence).
A Facebook post by a Ugandan student, Joaninne Nanyange, which chronicles how she was stopped from entering the Law Development Centre by two women because she was inappropriately dressed [knee length skirt] has stirred a debate on the platform. The post has divided opinion over what constitutes “appropriate dressing”, and several questions have been raised on Facebook. Questions such as how should a “proper” dress code be defined and measured, Who (should) define the decency and appropriateness of how women dress (formally and informally)? What informs institutional rules of professional attire?
Eric Aniva, an HIV-positive Malawian man who confessed that he was paid to have sex with widows and under-age girls has been sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour for engaging in harmful cultural practices in contravention of the country’s Gender Act. Could the conviction deter other “hyenas” from engaging in the harmful practice?
Have you heard about Senegal’s Mouride brotherhood, which practices a branch of Sufi Islam. Over the weekend, followers of the Mouride faith participated in the annual Magal pilgrimage, hosted in Senegal’s holy city of Touba. Have a quick look at some of the pictures of the pilgrimage/ religious festival.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has weighed in on the ongoing debate about the relevance of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), after damaging withdrawals from the institution by three African countries. Annan said Africa needs the Court more than ever “because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished”. Annan has previously argued that the ICC does not target Africa, and victims of heinous crimes, and others who cannot get justice in their domestic courts should have a provision to seek justice abroad.
South Africa’s former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been awarded this year’s Forbes Africa Person of the Year accolade for her unwavering fight against corruption and “quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore.” Madonsela is the sixth recipient of the prestigious accolade, which started in 2011. In the past, the award has been won by accomplished entrepreneurs, and this year marks the first time that the accolade has been won by an individual who is not a business person.
It never rains but it pours for the beleaguered International Criminal Court (ICC), with Russia confirming that it will withdraw from the ICC following a directive signed by President Vladimir Putin. Reeling from recent withdrawals by three African counties, the ICC has found itself in a sticky position, as it fights to justify its relevance and impartiality, amidst threats by more countries to quit the Court for its perceived bias. Could the ICC recover from these major setbacks?
On the 9th of November Americans went to the polls, electing Republican candidate Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, against all odds, bringing to a close one of the most polarised and hard fought campaigns in recent history. The historic result sent shockwaves across the world. As the billionaire businessman prepares to occupy the Oval Office the post-election conversations have centred on the fundamental questions: What does a Trump presidency mean for Africa? What does Africa want from Donald Trump?
Have you ever thought of visiting a ski resort within the African continent, well there is one that you should definitely explore, Oukaimeden, in Morocco and it’s really a breath-taking place. Oukaimeden, is the highest ski resort in Africa, nestled in Morocco’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.