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LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

I was in a store recently, looking for clothes for one of my little God-daughters. I was appalled at what was on offer. Why does a clothing range for 10-12-year olds look like the same as the one for adults? I wondered. Is a ten-year-old supposed to display cleavage? In most cultures of the world, […]

Ultimate Guide to Your Best Year Ever

Ultimate Guide to Your Best Year Ever

Transforming into the person you want to be in 2019 is not difficult so long as you have the dedication, focus and correct tools at your disposal, Robbins says. But you should always remember to set your sights on something within reason. “Most people overestimate what they’re going to do in a year, and they […]

New Year, New Health Resolutions

New Year, New Health Resolutions

There’s something inspiring about the start of a new year. It represents a fresh beginning, and the perfect occasion to renew yourself with motivation and the promise to eat better, exercise more and spend less time sitting around watching TV. But there is a right way to set healthy resolutions, and a wrong way. Think […]

Congo Votes for Successor to Kabila in Long-Delayed Election

Congo Votes for Successor to Kabila in Long-Delayed Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo voted Sunday for a successor to long-serving President Joseph Kabila after a tense campaign the opposition said was marred by crackdowns and disruptions. Kabila’s handpicked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, is running for the ruling coalition and faces strong challenges from opposition alliances headed by Felix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu. The […]

South Africa’s Rand Flat In Early Trade Ahead Of Trade Balance Figures

South Africa’s Rand Flat In Early Trade Ahead Of Trade Balance Figures

South Africa’s rand was flat early on Friday, giving up its small overnight gains as renewed jitters about the impact on global growth of the simmering trade war between China and the United States kept investors on the sidelines. At 0730 GMT the rand was steady at 14.4725 per dollar, unchanged from its overnight close […]

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  “Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres   Why we must eliminate violence against women Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one […]

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling […]

Ethiopia Arrests Ex-head Of Army Firm As Crackdown Targets Security Services

Ethiopia Arrests Ex-head Of Army Firm As Crackdown Targets Security Services

Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopia’s army and former chief executive of METEC, was taken into custody close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. State media broadcast footage showing Kinfe surrounded by a ring of soldiers and later images of him in handcuffs arriving by military helicopter in the […]

Bribes, Beatings and Gridlock at Ports Choke Nigeria Economy

Bribes, Beatings and Gridlock at Ports Choke Nigeria Economy

The lines of aging blue, red and yellow trucks begin almost 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the gates of Nigeria’s main port of Apapa. Valentine, a 34-year-old driver, has been queuing outside the Lagos site for two weeks. He’s had to deal with policemen demanding bribes and fend off hoodlums known as area boys. “This […]

How to Manage Workaholism

How to Manage Workaholism

It goes by many names: the hustle, the grind, going all in. Entrepreneurs wear their long work hours, dark under-eye circles and stress-induced weight fluctuations like badges of honor. We look up to these people, who sacrifice such things as weekends and a good night’s rest, as the dedicated few willing to do what it […]

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