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As New Land Law in Liberia Moves towards Finalization, Women from Across Africa Call for Equal Protection to Land Ownership Rights

Liberian President Sirleaf welcomes women’s call for equal protection to land, asks women to do more: “Stand up and be accounted for”

Liberian President Sirleaf welcomes women’s call for equal protection to land, asks women to do more: “Stand up and be accounted for.” Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf, along with Liberian Minister of Gender and Development Julia Duncan-Cassel, welcome land reform recommendations from Central and West Africa regional organization REFACOF (African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests) and Liberia’s Foundation for ...

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Gender equality should be part of basic science training

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By Shirley Malcolm – SciDev.Net Architects’ training offers a model of how avoiding gender bias can be instilled into scientists, says Shirley Malcom. Women are poorly represented in science, and in most areas of engineering, despite legal requirements for equal opportunity in many countries. Major reasons for this include a lack of opportunity for education, advanced training and meaningful employment. ...

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Focus on Disability: Enabling full participation in science

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By Sue Coe – SciDev.Net Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It’s a day of celebration and challenge for the world to consider issues concerning its citizens with impairments. This year’s theme is ‘Break Barriers, Open Doors — for an inclusive society and development for all’. A recent SciDev.Net news story reported plans to mentor women in ...

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Profoundly saddened by passing of Nelson Mandela, secretary-general praises leader as man of towering achievement, giant for justice

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Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the death of Nelson Mandela, in New York on 5 December: Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage — a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration. I am profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the United Nations, ...

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SA: Women’s Month message

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Every journey begins with just a single step; most are filled with joy and the promise of a safe arrival. There are however times when taking the first step requires untold sacrifice. In June 1913 about 700 women marched to the Bloemfontein City Council in the Orange Free State in defiance of the pass system.  The campaign led by Charlotte ...

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Tanzania women of achievement awards 2013 launched!

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Tanzania Women of Achievement has today launched the 2013 Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards (TWAA) scheduled to take place on this year’s international women’s day 8th of March 2013. These bi-annual awards were first launched in 2009 to honor women in different sectors across the country who through their work have contributed significantly to the development of their communities in ...

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SA: Committee to monitor transformation at varsities

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Johannesburg – Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has announced the establishment of an Oversight Committee on Transformation in South African Public Universities. The committee will advise the minister on policies pertaining to racism, sexism and other forms of unfair discrimination. It will further advise the minister on policies aimed at promoting social cohesion and an institutional environment ...

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SA: Send your budget tips to the minister

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Pretoria – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has invited the public to submit their tips on what they would like to see in the National Budget, which he will table next month. The minster is also encouraging South Africans to send through their tips on how inclusive growth can be achieved and how it can reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality. Gordhan ...

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Tunisia: UN expert group calls for guarantees on gender equality and women’s rights advancement

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The United Nations Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice called on the Government of Tunisia to adopt stronger constitutional provisions on gender equality and non-discrimination, and to implement temporary special measures to accelerate increased participation of women in all spheres of lives. “We are concerned at the persistence of loopholes and ambiguities in the current ...

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SA: Opportunities for people with disabilities improving

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Kanyamazane – The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities has worked hard to ensure that people with disabilities are no longer only offered sheltered employment but can now be employed at cooperatives. Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said sheltered employment had in the past been used to simply keep people with disabilities busy regardless of their education level, but ...

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