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World Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day

Today, February 20th, is World Social Justice Day. The term Social Justice has received enormous attention globally due to its critical impact on the socio-economic status of any given society. To some, it is considered a fundamental issue in the human race, while others regard it as a prerequisite to peace and development in a […]

The face of African slavery in Qajar Iran – in pictures

The face of African slavery in Qajar Iran – in pictures

The African slave trade in the Persian Gulf began well before the Islamic period. Mediaeval accounts refer sporadically to slaves working as household servants, bodyguards, militiamen and sailors in the Persian Gulf including what is today southern Iran. The practice lasted, and evolved, through many centuries. In Iran’s modern history, Africans were integral to elite […]

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

While African Union chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was extolling the virtues of empowering women on the continent at the African Union summit in Ethiopia last month, Swaziland’s attorney general, Majahenkhaba Dlamini, was warning lawyers and judges at the official opening of the country’s high-court year about the threat posed to Swazi society by women’s ambition to […]

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a documentary film-maker whose 2012 film about acid violence, Saving Face, made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award. This year, she is nominated again for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, which tells the story of 19-year-old Saba Qaiser, from the Pakistani province of Punjab, […]

Yemeni child bride, eight, dies of internal injuries on first night of forced marriage to groom five times her age

Yemeni child bride, eight, dies of internal injuries on first night of forced marriage to groom five times her age

An eight-year-old child bride has died in Yemen of internal bleeding sustained during her wedding night after being forced to marry a man five times her age, activists have claimed. The girl, identified only as Rawan, died in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. Activists are now calling for […]

I was a child soldier. Now I’m pushing for more support for survivors like me

I was a child soldier.  Now I’m pushing for more support for survivors like me

I spent seven years in the bush in Uganda, a child soldier, held captive by an armed group and forced to become the “wife” of a rebel commander. My best friend was killed in front of me. My baby died before it was born. But I escaped, and believe speaking out about my experiences is […]

The Continuous Stripping and Dehumanising of Sarah Baartman

The Continuous Stripping and Dehumanising of Sarah Baartman

Baartman, at the age of 17, was shipped to Europe during the 19th century and exhibited at freak shows under the name Hottentot Venus. (The term “Hottentot” is an offensive term used to refer to the Khoisan people). “She was a victim of egregious human trafficking. For every hour of degradation and humiliation she suffered […]

What Sex Means for World Peace

What Sex Means for World Peace

In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the world as it “really” is and not as it ideally should be. As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as […]

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

New Delhi, India – It was January 2 and the residue of  the new year celebrations still hung in the New Delhi air. But for a group of students, academics and activists converging on the streets of the capital, the mood was anything but celebratory. The anger at this rally in solidarity with GN Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound […]

Domestic Help Gets Fixed Minimum Wages And Working Hours

Domestic Help Gets Fixed Minimum Wages And Working Hours

In a first such initiative, the government of Rajasthan has enforced fixed minimum wages for domestic help and has set limited working hours. The move comes after the state labour department’s notification dated December 21, 2015, which had mentioned the implementation of labour reforms in the unorganised sector. “Domestic workers were included in Scheduled 27 […]