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Dossier May 2014

Together for peace

Talking about ‘women power’, often, means making reference not just to single individuals. ‘Efforts to resolve (Ö) conflicts and address their root causes will not succeed unless we empower all those who have suffered from them – including and especially women’, the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, wrote in 2002. ‘And only if women…

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Soft Power

The parameters used by Forbes are indeed subjective, and many other names could have been included. In the literary field, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s is among them; she authored three novels: Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, soon to become an Hollywood film, and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in March…

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Young and promising

Many African women hope to succeed in their political career: the US magazine Forbes has taken as an example Angellah Kariuki, the 37-year old deputy minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Tanzania. Her fast career is the reason why she was listed by the magazine among the 2013 ’20 young power women’ of the…

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Power in Africa, time for women

‘More power to women, means more power to humankind’, said Boutros Boutros Ghali, the then Secretary-General of the UN, in 1996. The same concept has been expressed, in a lighter tone, by Oley-Dibba Wadda, executive director of Women Africa Solidarity, who once said ‘when things are in a mess, women are asked to get in…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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