Human rights

Zimbabwe declares some drugs ‘not important’ as cash crisis bites

22 October 2018 

None Zimbabwe's pharmaceutical companies are coming up with a priority list for critical drugs, and cough mixtures and vitamins are not on it.

A shortage of cough mixtures and other medicines deemed “not important” is looming in Zimbabwe with pharmaceutical companies coming up with a priority list for critical drugs as a cash crisis hits the southern African state.

Zimbabwe imports at least 80% of its drugs. This week the Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe (PSZ) said vitamin-based medicines and cough syrups have been pushed down the pecking order.

Snap shot pictures of poverty in Nigeria aren't accurate

23 October 2018

Zuhumnan Dapel, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics

Studies that reflect the movement of poverty levels at a particular point-in-time attract a lot of attention. They also inform academic and policy debates across the globe. In Africa, where poverty levels remain high, these snapshots of poverty levels are a big deal.

UN agencies urge end to 'virginity tests'

UN agencies are calling for an end to the practice in some countries of determining whether a girl or woman is a virgin through gynecological tests.

The World Health Organisation, UN Women and the UN Human Rights office say the "medically unnecessary" tests have been documented in at least 20 countries across the world.

The agencies said on Wednesday the tests, mostly performed by doctors, police officers, or community leaders, are used to determine marriage eligibility or employment eligibility, and to assess the "virtue, honour or social value" of women and girls.

#MeToo Campaign

The #MeToo campaign has given mostly Western women confidence to speak up about violence at the hands of men, but in Africa women say stigma and victim-blaming still keep many silent.

Fiercely patriarchal societies and religious and traditional views on the role of women means even complaining about domestic violence is an uphill battle, let alone bringing down abusive men in power, activists say.

French MPs adopt 'fake news' bill

10 October 2018

French lawmakers on Wednesday adopted two bills to prevent the spread of false information during election campaigns following allegations of Russian meddling in the 2017 presidential vote.

The “fake news” bills enable a candidate or political party to seek a court injunction preventing the publication of “false information” during the three months leading up to a national election.

Kids in search for a better life

11 October 2018
 

The eight teenagers walking towards the bright-green house, called Casa da Acolhida, look like any other group of young people. But they’re not.

Carrying their possessions in torn plastic bags, they are making their way from a police station 200m away. They had been interrogated there after being caught trying to cross the border into South Africa unaccompanied by an adult and without the necessary documentation.

Police in the town of Ressano Garcia routinely catch unaccompanied minors attempting to cross into South Africa. 

UN report confronts nations with tough choices on climate

 30-09- 2018

The world’s nations will gather at a UN conference in South Korea on Monday to review and approve a 20-page bombshell — distilled from more than 6 000 scientific studies — laying out narrowing options for staving off climate catastrophe.

When the 195 countries who signed off on the Paris Agreement in 2015 requested a report from UN-led scientists on the feasibility of capping global warming at 1.5℃, the gesture seemed to many unnecessary.

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