ADVANCING ADVOCACY ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ONLINE

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FifAfrica panel on gender based violence; Dr. Letshwiti Tutwane, Dora Mawutor, Martha Chilongoshi, Yunusa Yaโ€™u and Josephine Karungi

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 that took place in Accra, Ghana provided an opportunity for various stakeholders to probe how some social norms, including language, culture, and religion are fuelling and increasingly normalising gender-based violence and hate speech especially against women online.

As is often the case, when gender based violence conversations come up in any fora, the first admission is always that women and girls are the most affected group. This is largely due to the inequalities that exist in society where women are perceived and treated as inferior to men and confined to the role of “helper” while the men are automatically assumed as “leaders”

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GIFTED HANDS: THE 20 YEAR OLD ZAMBIAN YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT.

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Elizabeth Fundafunda. Image: Colligan Photography

She describes herself as ambivert, creative and experimental. At 20, Elizabeth Nsama Fundafunda has already established her own brand called Chitenge Liza, known for creating ready to wear accesories and statement neckpieces characterized by elements of traditional African fabric.

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A SKILLED GIRL FORCE: CALL TO ACTION FOR 2018 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

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The International Day Of The Girl is an observance day declared by the United Nations to support more opportunity for Girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by Girls worldwide based upon their gender.

The Day of Girls falls on 11th October and helps raise awareness not only of the issues that Girls face, but also what is likely to happen when those problems are solved. For example, educating Girls helps reduce the rate of child marriage, disease and helps strengthen the economy by helping Girls have access to higher paying jobs.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA TRUST HAS A NEW CEO AND SHE’S ABSOLUTELY DESERVING!

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The Southern Africa Trust has announced the appointment of Ms. Masego Madzwamuse as its new CEO.

Ms. Masego Madzwamuse holds a Masterโ€™s Degree in Environmental Science from Rhodes University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Botswana.

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RWANDAN OPPOSITION LEADER DIANE RWIGARA AND HER MOTHER RELEASED ON BAIL.

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The Rwandan High Court has granted provisional release from prison, to Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Rwigara a year after their detention while awaiting trial.

Rwigara, 37, a fierce government critic and former presidential aspirant in Rwanda’s last election, was arrested along with her mother Adeline Rwigara in September 2017 after her campaign to contest the presidential elections as the only female candidate against long time leader Paul Kagame.

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MEET THE 2018 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS DENIS MUKWEGE AND NADIA MURAD.

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes.

Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions.

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DR STELLA NYANZI WINS CASE AGAINST MAKERERE UNIVERSITY FOR HER INDEFINITE SUSPENSION

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On March 31, 2017 Dr. Stella Nyanzi was indefinitely suspended from Makerere University for allegedly attacking the First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni on Facebook over her ‘incompetence to run the ministry of education.’

She however, appealed the decision before the Makerere staff appeals tribunal which is established under Section 56 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, through which aggrieved members of staff get the right to a fair hearing and appropriate re-dress, without hindrances from the university system.

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