Fidel Castro in pictures
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Politics and Society Fidel Castro in pictures

The world is mourning the loss of a colossus political figure, Cuban revolutionary Commandante Fidel Castro who passed away at the age of 90. Castro passed away last week Friday, having been unwell for sometime. As tributes continue to pour in, and as the world mourns the loss of a remarkable, but divisive political figure, we look at some important moments in Castro’s political life captured on camera.

Ethiopian Airlines wins Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth year in a row
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Politics and Society Ethiopian Airlines wins Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth year in a row

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa, has achieved yet another remarkable feat, winning the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth year in a row. The award was presented by AFRAA during its 48th Annual General Assembly held earlier this week, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A hearty congratulations on the historic accomplishment.

Cartoon: 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence: Let’s defend the vulnerable and fight impunity
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Politics and Society Cartoon: 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence: Let’s defend the vulnerable and fight impunity

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).

Uganda: Policing how women dress, what defines appropriate or decent dress code?
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Lifestyle Uganda: Policing how women dress, what defines appropriate or decent dress code?

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?

Malawi: Eric Aniva “hyena” sex predator sentenced to 2 years in jail for engaging in harmful cultural practices
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Politics and Society Malawi: Eric Aniva “hyena” sex predator sentenced to 2 years in jail for engaging in harmful cultural practices

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?

“I stand by the ICC”, Kofi Annan says
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Politics and Society “I stand by the ICC”, Kofi Annan says

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 Thuli Madonsela awarded Forbes Africa’s 2016 Person of the Year accolade
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Africans rising South Africa’s Thuli Madonsela awarded Forbes Africa’s 2016 Person of the Year accolade

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.