Call for Applications: African Mentors - Accountability Advocates Project

Restless Development in partnership with Plan United Kingdom, African Monitor and YES Ghana is calling for applications from talented and experienced governance professionals to act as mentors to the Accountability Advocates, on a voluntary basis. 

The successful candidates will coach and provide technical assistance to two or three Accountability Advocates each, based in their respective countries for the duration of the programme.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Drivers of Change Awards

The Southern Africa Trust is an independent agency that supports deeper and wider engagement in regional policy to end poverty.

Southern Africa Trust is calling for applications for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards.

Nominations for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards are now open! Nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and governments that are making a real impact in changing the lives of women and girls in southern Africa.

NGO to Sensitise, Test Pupils for HIV

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with other stakeholders, has embarked on a project to sensitise and test pupils for HIV in various secondary schools in Zambia.

Preventive programme coordinator, Ntula Simwinga, points out that his organisation is working in conjunction with the ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education and the ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health.

The organisation hosted the ‘Love Life? Ziba HIV’ Schools Health festival on 2 June 2013 where more than 500 pupils and teachers tested for HIV.

Bogus NGOs frustrate HIV/AIDS Fight

Zambia’s Mufulira District AIDS Task force (DATF) and the Network of Zambian People Living With HIV (NZP+) have expressed worry at the mushrooming of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have invaded Mufulira, making it difficult to monitor HIV activities in the district.

DATF treasurer, Boniface Njovu and NZP+ Copperbelt coordinator, Harry Lombe, say that there are, "So many NGOs dealing in HIV issues but have not registered with the task force and are making it difficult for authorities to monitor HIV and AIDS related activities."

Zambian Politician Supports Homosexuals

Zambian Catholic priest-cum-politician, Frank Bwalya, has publicly supported gay marriages and says he would not arrest those practising homosexuality if he was elected president.
Bwalya, who addressed journalists in Johannesburg at the invitation of Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), says he will respect homosexuals, claiming this is in line with the Catholic Church which prescribed respect for every individual.

NGO Calls for the Release of Homosexuals

Amnesty International has urged the Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex ‘against the order of nature’.

The organisation states that one of the men's neighbours reported them to the police, resulting in the arrest - their second for alleged same-sex sexual conduct, considered a crime under Zambia's penal code.

Zambian Police Arrest Gay Couple

Zambian police have arrested a gay couple after the family of one of the men reported the relationship to authorities, who made the first arrest of its kind under tough anti-gay laws.

Central province police chief, Standwell Lungu, "The two have been charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature contrary to the laws of Zambia."

Last month, another rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was arrested for appearing on live television calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in this deeply conservative southern African state.

NGOs to Host HIV/AIDS Conference

The Zambia AIDS Research Foundation, in conjunction with Treatment Advocacy Literacy Campaign (TALC), is hosting an HIV/AIDS conference on 17 May 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia.
According to the organisers, the conference will focus on topics such as diet/nutrition for people living with HIV (PLWHA), foods to avoid and food myths, and scientific reasons for male circumcision.
To read the article titled, “Zambia to host 1-day world class conference on HIV/AIDS,” click here.

Zambian Gay Activist Pleads Not Guilt

Prominent Zambian gay rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting homosexuality, after appearing live on television to argue for his cause.

Kasonkomona responded by saying that, “I deny the charge, your honour,” in his first court appearance since being detained on charges of soliciting for an ‘immoral purpose’.

The 38-year-old activist was arrested in the capital on 7 April 2013, minutes after he appeared on a live TV show where he openly advocated for gay rights.

Zambian Police Arrest Gay Rights Activist

Zambian police have arrested a gay rights activist minutes after he appeared on a live television show to press for same sex marriages.

According to the Zambian police, Paul Kasonkomona was picked up on the night of 7 April 2013 as he stepped out of MUVI TV studios, where he openly advocated for gay rights.

Kasonkomona was charged with ‘inciting the public to take part in indecent activities’, according to police chief, Solomon Jere.


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