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How A Land Title Became One Woman’s Ticket To Freedom

How A Land Title Became One Woman’s Ticket To Freedom

Mkuranga — “I was a laughing stock when I was applying for a bank loan, but those who were laughing at me now come for advice” When Hawa Amiri decided to use her land title to ask for a bank loan to start a poultry business, her fellow farmers thought she was wasting her time. […]

Tanzania: A Plea for Democracy in Zanzibar

Tanzania: A Plea for Democracy in Zanzibar

There is an old Swahili proverb that a small fire can destroy a great forest. Zanzibar is a small nation, an archipelago of islands and a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Yet what happens here will have a wider impact on the African continent and globally, in that it can either become […]

Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates Discuss Art And Social Justice

Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates Discuss Art And Social Justice

Prolific poet Sonia Sanchez invited two literary greats — iconic author Toni Morrison and acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates — to have a conversation about art and social justice at the Ambassador Theatre in New York on Wednesday, June 15. In front of a sold-out audience, Sanchez led an insightful discussion on how the writers use their craft […]

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged Nigeria to select and implement five priority areas out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fast-track development in the country. The Country Director of Programme in Nigeria, Dr Pa-Lamin Beyai, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday […]

How Arab women fought female genital mutilation in Israel

How Arab women fought female genital mutilation in Israel

Half a century ago, one didn’t need to go all the way to Kenya to research the phenomenon of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): you could do so in Israel. The practice was common among some of the Bedouin population in the Negev, and this was 40 years after the majority became Israeli citizens. A number […]

“Female prisoners who are virgins must be raped before execution, to prevent them from entering heaven.”

“Female prisoners who are virgins must be raped before execution, to prevent them from entering heaven.”

Excerpts of Montazeri’s book on the rape of women in the Iranian regime’s prisons: In December 2000, Hossein Ali-Montazeri, a 79-year-old cleric who had been for 10 years the designated successor to Khomeini, the supreme leader of the theocratic regime in Iran, published his memoirs. The book revealed shocking documents on the atrocities committed by […]

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Tehran – UN chief while emphasizing on partnerships, said sustainable development is only possible with the active engagement of governments, parliaments, employers, workers, civil society, the private sector and other agents of change. In his message on the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2016, Ban Ki-moon said the day highlights the imperative of […]

Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited extract from her new book, Rape […]

World Day of Social Justice 2016

World Day of Social Justice 2016

  Full Transcript   A new world of social consciousness has opened up between the public and even the poppiest of stars, and many are cashing in. By Rawiya Kameir This is a poem of death Death of person is like a thief When it comes everyone would cry Its alive to everybody Is either […]

Charity, social justice and earth-friendly activism replace big houses, diamond rings and ostentatious living for status seekers

Charity, social justice and earth-friendly activism replace big houses, diamond rings and ostentatious living for status seekers

Keeping up with the Joneses has taken on a whole new meaning, according to new research by a professor in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Rich people traditionally flaunted their wealth with ostentatious living, designer clothing, big houses, fast cars and grand parties. But times have changed says Ryan Murphy, […]