African Ministers of Communication and Information Technology and their representatives from 38 AU member states, private sector and media from Africa gathered in Addis Ababa from Nov 20-24 2017 to discuss and make decisions on continental and regional programmes that impact Africans in the ICT and communication sector.
When a cluster of villages in Senegal publicly announced their decision to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in 2008, many thought it was just a theoretical gesture. Today, the country stands as an example of how to eradicate genital cutting, writes Patrick Egwu.
Lemma Guya is a legendary Ethiopian visual artist who pioneered skin mounted portraits. Take a look at some of his works displayed at the Africa Union (AU) complex made using goat skin and oil paint. The works which include all the portraits of all the AU Heads of commission (past and present) are prominently displayed on the ground floor, at the entrance of the African Union complex.
In 1958, the African writer had to be coaxed into publication. They were so self-effacing they would rarely recommend their own stories for inclusion in anthologies, claiming “There are others who write better”. But, as Oris Aigbokhaevbolo writes, the African writer today seeks respect and the reputation conferred by publishing.
The impression that Intimate partner violence (IPV) only occurs in heterosexual relationships where the man is stereotypically the aggressor is a false and dated idea. Lesbian women can, in fact, be perpetrators and victims of this form of violence.
Taking a drug normally prescribed to treat AIDS as a way to shield against the deadly disease; known as PrEP; is catching on, and proponents hope that it will soon have a measurable impact in reducing the number of infections.
Despite the work being done to raise awareness in society about sex workers as people worthy of respect, they are often still treated as lepers. Why is it that we only seem capable of an empathetic response once older women enter the ‘world’s oldest profession’? asks Lineo Segoete
Independent female directors are making pornographic films or adult erotica to alleviate degrading and exploitative images linked to an increase in child pornography and sexual violence. Feminist pornography is a genre of film developed to encourage women and their self-beliefs of freedom through sexuality, equality and pleasure. The overall aim of feminist porn is to empower the performers who produce it and the people who view it.
Whether we are being told that we are too fat or too thin, women are expected to want to change their bodies to meet society’s standards of beauty. But as Lineo Segoete writes, body-positivity is one way of taking a stand against discrimination, objectification, fetishisation and other attempts at patriarchal control.
Zimbabweans have been celebrating Robert Mugabe's demise but the new administration could fail to bring change. The opposition and civic groups urgently need to regroup and intensify the fight for reforms in the electoral, media and security sectors to ensure holistic change.
Leaving no-one behind should mean focusing on both the abused and the abusers. This is the only way in which the 16 days of activism can be inclusive enough and ensure change for today's and all future generations.
Fixating on the removal of Mugabe or Zuma is a mistake. ZANU-PF must be voted out and the ANC must either completely reform or suffer electoral defeat if South Africa hopes to recover from its rotten president
Protest is evolving and boycotts are the form of nonviolent resistance that does not end in bloodshed and loss of life. It is an ideal that every movement should aspire towards for the love of it's supporters.
What happened in Zimbabwe has some of the hallmarks of how coups have been staged in other countries yet it doesn’t seem quite accurate to single it out as one. Debates are still going on about how to define the political situation but what is certain in Zimbabwe is we are witnessing the political ground shifting, in ways we never imagined.
It is 20 years since the death of Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, but his music remains a weapon against injustice around the world. At his spiritual home, the New Afrika Shrine, fans keep his memory alive.
UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee has one of those CVs that will blow you away. Sneak a peek at his Twitter bio and you will see what we are talking about. Ex Indian Special Forces. Ex Red Cross. Princeton alumnus. And a presiding don of the opinion pages at Huffington Post and Reuters. We’re sure you see what we are talking about. He’s a man worth paying attention to. We’re glad he recently spared a few minutes to sit down for an interview with Dr Diana Wangari who brings us the scoop.
The Arterial Network recently launched an ambitious programme that aims to create social change through cultural action and cultural policy in four African cities. Sophia Olivia Sanan spoke to five of the organisation’s members to find out more.
Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah was interviewed by TIA on his latest documentary film One Day I Too Go Fly which is about four African youths from different countries and socio-economic backgrounds as they pursue knowledge at America's premier technological university - the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Musah follows the lives of these African students during their four years in MIT. In this interview we get to know Musah's motivation and his experience filming these individuals both in MIT and also in their countries.
On 5 December 2013, the world mourned the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died at the age of 95. By the time of his death, Madiba- as he was commonly referred to- was widely considered by South Africans as the ‘father of the nation’ and to the rest of the world ‘a global icon.’
As the first democratically elected President at the end of the apartheid era in South Africa, Mandela ensured that his life’s legacy would live on long after his death.
Here are some photographs of Mandela and his legacy: