Africa's Two Female Presidents Join Forces for... →
via dynamicafrica: The only two female heads of state in Africa, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Malawian President Joyce Banda, have just committed to using their positions to improve the lives of women across the continent. Both Sirleaf and Banda have long championed women’s rights. And on Apr. 29 in Monrovia, two years into what the African Union (AU) has declared the “Women’s...
Why the West is Ignoring Africa 2.0 →
Racism and a legacy of colonialism are preventing the West from recognizing the potential of African innovation. Affordable technology is helping people all over Africa propel an economic revolution. Investment is pouring in from India, China, and other emerging markets. But the West, in my eyes, is ignoring one of the 21st century’s most important stories. There are reasons the West has...
It is in our hands to join our strength, taking sustenance from our diversity,...– Kwame Nkrumah
A Discussion with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele →
Background: This discussion between Dr. Mamphela Ramphele and Angela Reitmaier took place in Cape Town on February 9, 2012 during a conference on “Investing in Africa Mining - Indaba,” where Dr. Ramphele gave a keynote address on “Mining’s Contribution to Sustainable Development” as Chair of Goldfields and Director of Anglo American. Dr. Ramphele reflects on the...
Crisis in Mali: fundamentalism, women's rights and... →
Interview with Open Forum speaker Jessica Horn In conversation with Jessica Horn, a leading Malian women’s rights activist identifies the roots of the crisis in Mali, and the opportunistic use of the crisis by Malian and international Islamic fundamentalists to gain a popular foothold in the north of the country. Read more
The African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women:... →
Another post by Youth Summit participant Spectraspeaks. Given the recent news about Liberia’s president fence-sitting on the issue of current anti-gay Liberia law, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to address gender bias within an African context. (I maintain that “traditional” gender roles haven’t been adequately explored as the root cause of many intersecting societal problems, e.g. sexism...
37thState Blog: Afromysteric Art by Laolu Senbanjo →
Artist Profile The artist Laolu Senbanjo obtained his LL.B (Hons) degree at the University of Ilorin, all the while honing his ‘Afromysteric’ art. After being called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007, he decided to face his career as an artist and has since been part…
Challenging Gender Binaries in the Motherland:... →
A post by Youth Summit participant, Spectraspeaks [@spectraspeaks]. About a year ago, I hosted my first Kitchen Table Conversations podcast on Media, Culture, and Identity. The podcast featured four LGBT Africans in the Diaspora, a few of which described themselves as gender non-conforming. Shortly afterwards, I received a really sweet message from someone who had listened to the podcast. It...