In December 2009, human rights groups welcomed Ugandan legislators’ decision to endorse a proposed law banning female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) (2). While this move is an important step toward ensuring the protection of women’s and girls’ rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is not enough to simply pass laws prohibiting the practice.
The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) says income inequality has risen in South Africa in the past 10 years.
In its annual review of the country, SAIRR argues that the increase in income inequality in the country is a cause for concern. The review found that between 1997 and 2007, income inequality increased by five percent with was an increase in equality within race groups, with the exception of whites.
Globalisation, Anti-Privatisation and Debt Relief
From the more moderate to the profoundly radical, South African NGOs working in the economic justice arena engage with inconsistencies in the local and global economies which perpetuate inequalities that deepen widespread poverty.