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Wednesday, 13 May, 2015
Quote of the week
"People must do something to support and stand up for themselves if they are unable to find a job. They should not just wait for the government to do something for them…"
- Sarah Soloane, Social Entrepreneur, Winner, Renewable Energy Prize.
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Social Entrepreneurship, Violence, Pollution…
Developing countries should involve social entrepreneurs in tackling the society’s most pressing social challenges. Social entrepreneurs play a key role in finding solutions to developmental challenges. They are ambitious and persistent, tackle major social issues and offer new ideas for wide-scale change.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Ken Fullerton, a field specialist at PlaNet Finance, interviews Sarah Soloane, a social entrepreneur, EnerGcare Independent Distributor, promoter of off-grid renewable energy solutions and winner of the Renewable Energy Prize, to learn more about what has made her successful and how others can learn from her experiences and lessons. Soloane sees her role as that of helping people in her community to have reliable access to energy, overcome unemployment and other social problems. Her wish, she says, is also to serve the youth and women, as well as helping to uplift their lives to enable them to stand for themselves.
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African countries should work towards intensifying their efforts aimed at ending all forms of violence against women. The continent’s leaders should also prioritise the advancement of women’s lives and tackle other social ills that they face in their daily lives.
Last week, we published an article by Reitumetse Mofana, a junior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies’ Governance, Crime and Justice Division, focusing on gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. In the article, Mofana also discussed ways in which the country could end GBV.
This week, Steven Gruzd and Jinél Fourie, head of the Governance and APRM Programme and visiting Konrad Adenauer Foundation Masters Scholar at the South African Institute of International Affairs respectively, describe GBV as a serious problem across the continent. Gruzd and Fourie state that during the March 2015 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, combating GBV was a key theme raised by many African countries. They are of the view that while there are laws and policies in place at international and national levels, it is in their implementation, as usual, where states have been found wanting. “Gender-based stigmas and hierarchies are prevalent in most corners of African societies,” they maintain.
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