World Cup football- more than just a beautiful game

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  1. The Central African Republic- Peace at Last?

    Published 1st March 2019

    The 2012 civil war saw the inhabitants of the Central African Republic (CAR) experience the worst atrocities. During the week of 2 February this year, the CAR government signed a peace accord with the 14 rebel groups that have been jostling for power and control in the mineral rich central African nation. This is the […]

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  2. The Gbagbo acquittal

    Published 24th January 2019

    Last week the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010/ 2011, a devastating blow to the victims and prosecution witnesses.  It has given the Court’s critics ammunition to further discredit the institution as they view acquittals as a […]

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  3. Diversity reigns: the women of the 116th US Congress

    Published 10th January 2019

    There is very little good news coming out of the US these days and US leadership (in the form of the current president and his supporters) is exhibiting deep and vexing shades of racism, bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia. However, the swearing into office of the nation’s most diverse Congress in the history of the country […]

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  4. Ending sexual violence – we must all act

    Published 14th December 2018

    The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign ran from 25 November to 10 December and it is designed to raise awareness and spur institutions, governments, ordinary citizens into action to bring an end to violence against women and girls. Campaigns of this nature remain vital especially when the perpetrators of sexual violence know […]

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  5. Sexual harassment scandal at the African Union

    Published 29th November 2018

    The treatment of women in society remains a necessary topic of discussion more so after last week’s disturbing report about the prevalence of bias against women, and sexual harassment at the African Union Commission,(AUC) the AU’s secretariat. The AU and its Commission, institutions that were designed to foster development and progress in Africa, are hardly […]

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  6. Racism and football-when will it end?

    Published 20th November 2018

    Only 4 months ago France celebrated its World Cup victory and the well intentioned, often jocular, yet deeply political comments about the “6th African team” winning became a hot topic. It conjured discussions about racism, origins and integration and the recent racial profiling scandal at top flight French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reignited […]

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  7. Philanthropy gone horribly wrong- sexual abuse in Liberia

    Published 9th November 2018

    A few weeks ago,American founder Katie Meyler temporarily stepped down as CEO of the organisation More than Me (MTM).MTM is a charity registered in the US with operations in Liberia. It was designed to empower young girls in Liberia and provide them with access to education and save them from a life of sexual exploitation. […]

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  8. Fighting sexual violence -Nobel Peace Prize winners Mukwege and Murad

    Published 15th October 2018

    The Nobel Prize has had its fair share of controversy despite being established with the best intentions. It is an award designed to recognise those in service of humanity in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. Particularly in the peace category there have been some dubious awards and some undeserving winners, but this […]

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  9. 41 years later Biko’s ideas for black emancipation live on!

    Published 30th September 2018

    25 September 2018 marked 41 years since some 15 000 people attended 30-year-old, Steve Biko’s funeral in King Williams town. The thought leader, activist, and anti-apartheid stalwart’s influence remains deeply relevant to this day. Born in the Eastern Cape, Biko was a bright student who decided to study medicine at the black section of the […]

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  10. LGBT victory in India!

    Published 21st September 2018

    “I am what I am, so take me as I am”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In an eloquent, unanimous, landmark ruling that opens with the above quote, India’s highest court, the Supreme Court, decriminalised consensual gay sex between adults earlier this month. This judgement is the first important step in the recognition of rights of […]

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