Freweini Mebrahtu is an Ethiopian chemical engineer who designed and patented a reusable menstrual pad and founded the Mariam Seba Sanitary Products factory where these are manufactured. For her work and efforts towards period equity in Ethiopia, she has been named a 2019 CNN Hero.
Close to 4 million teenage girls are subjected to breast ironing worldwide. This harmful cultural practice, which is most prevalent in West and Central Africa, needs to stop.
The biggest threats are the concentration of media ownership and attempts to legislate the online media environment.
Many countries have abolished the death penalty because absolute judgments are not only irreversible but inhumane. Although progress has been made against the death penalty, with Burkina Faso abolishing it for “ordinary crimes” and Gambia declaring an official moratorium on executions, Amnesty International reported that numerous executions were still carried out in 2018.
About 20 000 children born to Belgian settlers and African women in the 1940s and 1950s were forcibly taken to Belgium until the independence of each of its three colonies. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologised for these kidnappings and the subsequent treatment of these children
The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution tabled by South Africa to defend Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya’s right to participate in sports. The world champion is currently challenging proposals by the International Association of Athletics Federations to restrict natural testosterone levels in female athletes.
Kelsey Nielsen and Ugandan Olivia Alaso have launched the “No White Saviours” campaign to challenge the way in which development and evangelical work is being done on the African continent. They aim to highlight the underlying discrimination in development narratives and the relationship between races.
The annual Freedom in the World report, which ranks nations according to civil liberties and political rights, shows which countries are “free”, “partly free” and “not free”. We take a look at some of the African countries that have been classified as “partly free” and “not free”.
The Africa Centre for Strategic Studies has declared that human trafficking has become a multibillion-dollar business in Africa, one that African governments have been slow to address. A 2018 report by the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons tracked compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in Africa.