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Cartoon: Mandela meets Castro
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Mandela meets Castro

Cuba was Nelson Mandela’s first trip after his release from prison. Mandela was inspired by Fidel Castro, and the Cuban Revolution and during his first visit to Cuba he said in his speech, “We have come here today recognizing our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behavior as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?”

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?