MOGADISHU, Somalia Somali Media Association (SOMA) and the Ministry of information, culture and tourism in partnership with International Media Support (IMS) and Fojo institute organized a high-level event to commemorate “The World Press Freedom Day”. The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day is entitled “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”. High-level officials from the Ministry of information, culture and tourism, media house owners, directors, civil society organizations and journalists attended the event. Mr. Ahmed Isse Gutale, speaking on behalf of the chairman of SOMA took the opening remarks and welcomed all the guests. He thanked all the attendees as well as congratulated them for commemorating this important day. He addressed the proce
PRETORIA, South Africa A South African University student Zolile Khumalo was allegedly shot dead by her boyfriend last Tuesday. Zolile Khumalo, was a student from Mangosuthu University of Technology. This gruesome killing occurred within 24 hours of Sandile Mantsoe being found guilty of murdering Karabo Mokoena. Minister Dlamini expressed concern about the safety of women, and gruesome murder of the young woman. Although, the motives behind the killing remain unknown. "It is clear that young women are not safe in our society." she said The Minster has called upon all student bodies to introduce awareness programs on gender violence. She said all universities and other institutions of higher learning must take precautionary measures to improve security to ensure the
NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for holistic solutions to challenges facing girls and women in the country. The First Lady expressed the need for leaders to champion the entrenchment of the rights and dignity of the adolescent girls by ensuring they access basic services including sanitary products. While speaking during the launch of the Menstrual Health Management Programme in Nairobi, Mrs. Margaret said ignoring menstrual hygiene needs is a violation of girls’ rights. “We must remain committed to preserving the rights and dignity of our adolescent girls because ignoring their menstrual hygiene needs is a violation of their rights,” she said The Menstrual Management programme is an initiative spearheaded by the County First Ladies Assoc
DIFFA, NigerThree years ago, Fajimatou gave birth to her fourth child. Since then, she had been suffering from incontinence and regular urinary infections. Too embarrassed to raise this problem with the staff at the health post, she had kept it to herself. When she heard about the listening space for women set up by MSF in her village in Kargamari, it was a real relief. “I knew that there I’d be able to talk to another woman who I could trust. The women in the village know Dalaran well, as she's been the traditional midwife for several years, but until now we didn’t have a space where we could talk to her freely”, explains Fajimatou. Fajimatou is far from the only woman to have kept quiet for years. Kolo, who is 22 years old and a mother of three, lives in the village of Garin
Entebbe, Uganda Uganda's oldest chimpanzee famously known as Zakayo was laid to rest last Saturday at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center ( UWEC) , Entebbe. According to the Minster of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Zakayo has been an Iconic species and very popular to both the general and international public. This he says has given Uganda, and the Ministry of Tourism at large, to use his legacy to drum up support to conserve chimpanzee in Uganda and other wildlife in general. However, he used to this opportunity to call upon Ugandans to support conservation efforts in addressing conservation challenges such as poaching, illegal wildlife trade, trafficking, human wildlife conflicts, encroachment and climate change. " All these nega...
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya will use science and technology to achieve inclusive agricultural growth, nutrition and food security in the country. He said the new approach will enhance agricultural productivity by targeting small scale farmers with new technologies. The President said the new approach will mean moving away from the old policy of using subsidies as the only method to boost production. He said subsidies have always benefited the rich but not the small scale farmer who is crucial in the country’s resilience. “We must rely more on scientific data to drive our policy interventions on input subsidies and strategic food reserves,” said the President. “We must empower our farmers with the information necessary to increase their outp
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened an international conference in Nairobi, seeking solutions for Africa’s education challenges. While addressing the conference, the president challenged the leaders and scholars gathered at the Safari Park Hotel for the UNESCO conference to come up with African answers for Africa’s problem. He said education would help Africa transform but that would not happen when half of the continent’s children still miss school for various reasons. “This conference comes at a time when we require a clearer understanding of education in Africa in order to confront challenges the continent must overcome,” said the President. “As a first step, we must ensure that Africa has the answer to the question why half our children are out of school.” P
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaThe Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has said that the issue of gender must be included in any future investigation into the transformation of universities and the post-school education and training (PSET) sector. The committee received an update briefing from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the findings of its investigation into transformation at public universities. The committee welcomed the report and vowed to hold both the department and the entire PSET sector accountable on transformation and equity. The Chairperson of the portfolio committee, Ms Connie September, said Members of Parliament’s constitutional obligation to transform the sector will be carried out without fail in order to bring about equity at