A conference in Accra, Ghana, revisited the 1958 All African People’s Conference, under the banner of “The Unfinished Business of Liberation and Transformation”. The legendary convenor of that first conference, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, famously said, “The objective is African Union. We must unite now or perish.” Yaw Adjei-Gyamfi considers how far we have journeyed towards the economic independence of Africa.
The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad should strengthen efforts against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
Nigerian women embarked on a Market March, a protest demanding an end to the normalised sexual harassment and bullying of women in markets. Markets are not a safe space for women as sexual harassment by traders is rife.
For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Nana Akosua Hanson argues that the problem of sexual harassment in schools is rooted in patriarchy and that there is an urgent need for a complete overhaul of how we educate our children on matters of sex and relationships.
In the latest development in Ethiopia’s space ambitions, the country is set to launch its first earth observatory satellite in September 2019. Addis Ababa will use the satellite to collect data on changes in the climate and weather-related phenomena.
Despite the large number of aspirants for Nigeria’s 2019 elections, women and young people remain underrepresented.
Prevailing patriarchal and cultural norms in some societies prevent women victims of sexual crimes from talking out by shaming them.
Today November 25 marks the start of the #16DaysofActivism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo.
French President Emmanuel Macron says France will return 26 pieces of art to Benin, after receiving a report calling for African artefacts housed in French museums to be returned. The report recommends restitution of objects taken from Africa during “scientific expeditions” and “objects seized within the military contexts”. There are at least 90,000 objects originating from sub-Saharan Africa currently in French Public Collections.