The Kenyan High Court has rejected a plea to declare sections 162 (a) and (c) and section 165 of the Penal Code unconstitutional. The plea, filed in 2016 by three Kenyan gay rights organisations, claimed that the sections have led to discrimination and the justification of violence against the LGBTQI+ community or persons presenting as such.
The High Court’s ruling goes against the trend of greater liberalisation in a number of African countries.
Africans across the continent and the Diaspora are celebrating Africa Day. As we celebrate this important day we emphasise the need to solve the growing burden of forcibly displaced, and African leaders and pan African institutions need to find lasting solutions to forced displacement.
Athletics South Africa (ASA) says it will appeal the recent Court of Arbitration for Sports ruling concerning Caster Semenya. Semenya recently lost her case challenging new IAAF rules, which force female athletes to regulate their levels of testosterone.
With the inauguration of the new Nzove Water Treatment Plant and the upgrade of Nzove II in City of Kigali, Rwanda’s prime minister, Édouard Ngirente, says the country is on course to achieving universal access to water by 2024.
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.