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Stateless Child Born Every 10 Minutes Globally

The United Nations Refugee Agency says a stateless child is born every 10 minutes around the world.
 
The agency says there are about 10 million stateless people in the world and that 30 percent of them are children.
 
It says this is mainly due to discriminatory citizenship laws which are exacerbated by the fact that most countries grant citizenship based on descent.
 

Amankwaa’s Tweets Spark Rage

The fate of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) soccer analyst, Coudjoe Amankwaa, who has sparked outrage with his homophobic comments on Twitter, is still in the balance.
 
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, “We don’t know exactly what happens until management deals with this. We can only comment afterwards. We can only gather what happened when he meets with his bosses.”
 
As outrage at the comments escalated, AIDS activist, Zackie Achmat, called Amankwaa’s tweet “the most ignorant for a while”.
 

School ‘Segregation’ Shocking: Kathrada

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says reports of racial segregation at a private school in Pretoria are a shocking indication of the persistence of racism in post-apartheid South Africa.

Ina press statement, the foundation’s director, Neeshan Balton, points out that, “Schools are meant to be laboratories of nation building, not enclaves of outdated apartheid thinking.”

Balton argues that the justification of needing to enable learners to maintain their cultures is exactly the kind of arguments put forth to justify apartheid, and has no scientific or educational basis.

ASA Rejects Complaint Against Teazers Ad

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has dismissed a complaint against a Teazers advertisement allegedly mocking people with bipolar disorder.
 
In a press statement, ASA states that there is nothing in the advertisement that unduly imposes any burden or obligation on those affected by the bipolar disorder in general.
 
The authority believes it cannot be said that the advertisement is in contravention of Clause 3.4 of Section II for the reasons advanced in the complaint.
 

Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

The new series of the Lancet medical journal, argues that achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the rights of sex workers are recognised. 

Researchers state that sex workers face violence and discrimination and are not able to access the care, treatment and prevention measures they need. 

Bill Raises Gay Alarm

The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has been criticised in Parliament for not making provision for the advancement of gays and lesbians in the workplace.

This emerged on 30 January 2014 during the second day of public hearings on the bill, which is being sponsored by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

In its submission, the Legal Resources Centre argues that the bill should not limit issues of gender equality and inequality as being issues between men and women, and girls and boys.

Group to Challenge Anti-Gay Laws

A rights group is seeking a review of the three gay men's jail sentences and plans to challenge laws that criminalise homosexuality in Malawi.
 
A Malawi high court began hearing a petition by a leading rights group seeking to obtain the review of jail sentences of three gays and to overturn laws that criminalise homosexuality.
 
"We want the court to declare the laws that criminalise homosexuality in Malawi unconstitutional," explains Gift Trapence, director of a rights group, the Centre for Development of People.
 

Sexism and Gender Roles: A Case for Women’s Dignity

Mail & Guardian’s headline for Gerry Elsdon’s suspension reads: ‘The South African Red Cross's governing board has suspended former beauty queen and TV personality Gerry Elsdon with immediate effect’. Elsdon is not simply a pretty face but the chief executive officer of Cinnamon Communication as well as the tuberculosis goodwill Ambassador for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, among other things. However, the Mail & Guardian even though the article is about her suspension, fails to focus on her achievements and contributions.

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HelpAge International is an international NGO that helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. With more than 90 affiliates and 300 partners across more than 60 countries the HelpAge International network brings together hundreds of organisations worldwide.

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