Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old’s […]

UNICEF asks for swift investigations into alleged child killings

UNICEF asks for swift investigations into alleged child killings

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the transitional government in the Central African Republic (CAR) to immediately investigate recent allegations of killings of children amid the renewed violence in the country. “Any allegation of children being killed should be taken very seriously and […]

Energy is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Energy is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Kandeh K. Yumkella – Eco-Business – Tuesday, 10 September 2013 (originally published 06 Sept) In the lead up to the UN General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an online debate focused on the last 850 days before the MDGs expire in 2015. We asked […]

Community gardens work to increase food security in Lesotho, Africa

Community gardens work to increase food security in Lesotho, Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/FAO) Maseru, Lesotho, Southeast Africa: A project in Lesotho’s Mafeteng district shows HIV-affected families how to unlock the potential of keyhole gardens for greater food and nutrition security. Lesotho is one of the smallest African countries neighboring on the northeast border of South Africa. The Kingdom of Lesotho is a mountainous, landlocked nation. […]

From [Uganda] Slum Girl to World Chess Prodigy

From [Uganda] Slum Girl to World Chess Prodigy

Amy Fallon – IPS – Monday, 03 May 2013 (originally published 28 May) KAMPALA, May 28 2013 (IPS) – Phiona Mutesi was a muddy, desperate nine-year-old foraging for food in Uganda’s biggest slum, Katwe, when she discovered, through her older brother Brian, a chess programme. It was not pawns, rooks, bishops, knights or a king […]

Somali Women Cashing in on Business

Somali Women Cashing in on Business

Abdurrahman Warsameh – IPS – Wednesday, 01 May 2013 (originally published 22 Apr) MOGADISHU, Apr 22 2013 (IPS) – In the Hamarweyne market, Mogadishu’s largest, 24-year-old Maryama Yunis is finding success with her tiny cosmetic store. The young Somali entrepreneur has been in business for two years, selling everything from soaps and shampoos to lipsticks […]

Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer, Highlights Lesbians, Transgender Women

Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer, Highlights Lesbians, Transgender Women

Glennisha Morgan – Huffington Post – Tuesday, 26 March 2013 (originally published 18 Mar) South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi puts the spotlight on her nation’s lesbian and transgender community in her new exhibit, “Faces and Phases.” Muholi captured the subjects and their unique stories in black and white to give the collection “a […]