Even as you read this, thousands of children are incarcerated in prisons across Africa. I’ll pause to let that sink in. Thousands of children behind bars, deprived of their liberty, victims of a dysfunctional and discriminatory justice system which lets down some of the most vulnerable groups — including girls,…
More than 100 child rights experts, advocates, defenders, campaigners, policy-makers, lawyers and academics are calling for action to make access to justice a reality for all African children. The Call to Action came at the close of the Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children in Africa in Ethiopia. …
By Dr Assefa Bequele, Executive Director, African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) We’re often told that actions speak louder than words, and it’s true we won’t change lives by simply talking about the problems. But I also think that you can’t make a real impact unless you’ve thoroughly debated and agreed…
On World Women's Day 2018, Light for the World is delighted to announce the launch of Her Abilities, the first global award honouring women with disabilities who achieved greatness in their life or field of work. Inspired by being awarded The Spirit of Helen Keller Award today and The RightLivelihood …
Viewpoint by Assefa Bequele and Alex Kamarotos*ADDIS ABABA (IDN) – Let us begin with the positive. Unlike some years back, children are now very much on the political and public agenda in Africa. Every politician loves to talk about them, and the African Union has adopted a charter to protect…
First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa is consulting legal experts to help come up with legislation to protect female tertiary students from sexual harassment at colleges and the workplace while on industrial attachment. "Sexual harassment at colleges and during student attachment must be nipped in the bud and perpetrators of such violence…
2 October 2017 - ‘Natural birth’ is the only option for many women here, and though dedicated midwives do their best, the risk of infection – and sepsis – is high.
2 October 2017 - Kinshasa - For the past few weeks, Central African Republic (CAR) cities such as Zemio have evolved from battlefields for rival rebel groups to ghost towns.