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President Sahle – Work Zewde Prioritises Peace And Democracy In Ethiopia

President Sahle – Work Zewde Prioritises  Peace And Democracy In Ethiopia

Ethiopia has broken new ground on gender parity by appointing its first female head of state in the country’s modern history. This came a week after the Horn of Africa nation awarded 50% of its 20-seat cabinet slots to women. On 25 October, Ethiopia’s Parliament unanimously elected Sahle-Work Zewde, a veteran diplomat and high-ranking UN […]

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said in a speech on Thursday that a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned, but he declined to say whether he would defy term limits to stand for re-election.   Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term in the election but […]

Ethiopia Installs New PM Amid Hopes He Can Stop Protests

Ethiopia Installs New PM Amid Hopes He Can Stop Protests

Ethiopia’s legislature has elected young and outspoken Abiy Amhed as prime minister, amid hopes that he will be able to quell sustained anti-government protests in Africa’s second most populous nation. Abiy was immediately sworn in to office Monday, succeeding Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned in mid-February as a result of widespread anti-government protests that claimed the […]

Inequality Of Women Threatens Peace

Inequality Of Women Threatens Peace

“Unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and to their development goals,” the State of World Population 2017, published by the United Nations Population Fund has said. The report which was released Tuesday said the costs […]

LOUDWHISPERS: Pythons Do Not Dance

LOUDWHISPERS: Pythons Do Not Dance

When my son was young, if I returned from a work trip, he would pester me for details of where I had been and what happened there. There was one story in particular that became his absolute favourite. Anytime he wanted to amuse himself, or get himself out of trouble, he would say, ‘Mummy, please […]

Buhari Calls For Peace, Global Support Against Terrorism

Buhari Calls For Peace, Global Support Against Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, urged the world to strive for peace and decent living for all people. Buhari, who delivered Nigeria’s National Statement, lauded the international community’s support against Boko Haram and for providing support to address the huge humanitarian challenges in […]

Suu Kyi Says Myanmar Ready to Welcome Back Rohingya Refugees

Suu Kyi Says Myanmar Ready to Welcome Back Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her government was ready to welcome back Rohingya refugees who fled a crackdown by security forces over the past month. “We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence,” Suu Kyi said on Tuesday in a rare televised English-language address from the capital Naypyidaw. “We are committed to […]

AUC Special Envoy Advocates For Women Involvement In Peacemaking Efforts

AUC Special Envoy Advocates For Women Involvement In Peacemaking Efforts

AFRICAN Union Commission (AUC) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security has appealed to Somalia government and the African Mission in Somali to engage women in all efforts to counter violent extremism. AUC Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Adviser Col Theophilia Shaanika said women are well positioned to play effective roles in efforts […]

The Power Of (Your) Space

The Power Of (Your) Space

Close your eyes and picture the hustle and bustle of a busy city street. Cars are honking their horns. People push past you in a hurry. And the street is flanked by buildings that seem to touch the sky. Now, imagine you are in the middle of an open meadow. Sunlight warms your shoulders and […]

Students Speak: Is Peace A Prerequisite For Development?

Students Speak: Is Peace A Prerequisite For Development?

The world is becoming a less peaceful place according to this year’s global peace index, with violence and war more entrenched in certain countries, and terrorism at an all-time high. The Middle East and North Africa is the world’s least peaceful region, and conflict in Syria and Iraq is frequently in the headlines. South Sudan […]

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