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The Gist of The Year

The year 2017 is coming to an end. It is not a year without surprises. From the shocking loss and shattering of Hilary Clinton’s political ambition to the unexpected ascension of President Donald Trump to the White House. Back to Africa, the unthinkable happened in Angola and Zimbabwe. Yes, they happened unexpectedly and fast. Without a single bullet fired or life lost. Former President José Eduardo dos Santos finally listened to his health warnings and handed over to his…

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South Africa: The Legalisation of Prostitution

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has announced its intention to decriminalize sex work in South Africa. The decision by the ANC to support the removal of criminal penalties for sex workers was revealed at the final day of the ANC conference, where Cyril Ramaphosa was elected the president of the party. The statue of Sex work has been a hot – and sometimes, controversial – topic in the country. Following the increased cases of HIV…

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Family Planning

In Africa and many third world countries, family planning can be a big challenge. Disccusion of sex or sex-related topics openly in this part of the world can be a taboo. On the other hand, sex education is not only a normal discourse in the West, it is indeed an important part of the school curriculum. Furthermore, women and girls in the Western world have a human right to decide if and when to become pregnant. Sadly, statistics have…

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Women and Sexual Politics

We live in the world where human beings and their lives, identities, and social expectations are carefully and socially defined, articulated and reinforced according to their sexes, using discourse and other social tools and apparatus. Has it ever occurred to you why male and female bodies are judged differently? Why would the two bodies carry different connotations? Why would people frown at a topless woman, while a half-naked man walking next to her with a short only is hardly…

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Dowry: Which Way Forward?

Dowry, which is extensively practiced in Africa, is a payment made by the groom to the family of the bride while seeking her hands in marriage. In the Southern part of Africa, it is called “lobola.” While it is known as, “Mahari” or “wine-carrying” in the East and West Africa respectively. Dowry is not limited to Africa; it is practised globally. While some have argued that dowry is part of our tradition, handed over to us by our forefathers; therefore, according to this group, we must keep the tradition. Others believe that traditions…

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are once again reminded that despite widespread condemnation and growing efforts to eliminate it, abhorrent acts of violence continue to be a reality for countless women and girls throughout the world. Particularly vulnerable in times of conflict, women and girls are too often the victims of egregious sexual crimes. Moreover, while the horrors and suffering of war are felt by entire communities, prevailing inequalities exacerbate these consequences…

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