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Liberation Of The Gambian Girl

Liberation Of The Gambian Girl

In the simplest form, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) can be defined as the act by which the clitoris of a young girl is removed. In most cases it is carried out primitively with the use of knife or razor blades. Lucy Odom, a Special Educationist from the University of Buea, Cameroon, stated that FGM is aimed at transforming a young girl into a “woman”.  Adaeze Chianumba a Nigeria based advocate for the “girl child” stated that the act could otherwise be called "female circumcision" which is done by the elderly women in villages. The practice can be traced back centuries ago and has a history of its early existence in some African countries especially in Somalia, which has the highest prevalence of FGM in the world. Also, more than 130 million women worldwide are subjected to the procedure, especially in Africa and in the Middle East. In addition, Wikipedia, affirmed that FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in As

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Why We Can't Wait!

Why We Can't Wait!

By Ahmed Konneh (Liberia) Whenever I look in to the future, I’m scared. I know my generation will be defined by extreme injustice, mass poverty, diseases, climate change, global warming, tension, war and terrorism. I also know that values such as integrity, patriotism, trust, love and humanity will become extinct. I doubt not that extreme greed will become the order of the day. Hunger will launch a frontal assault on the “wretched of the earth.” If the current situation can be used to predict the future, there is no doubt the future of my generation looks bleak. This might seem depressing and pessimistic but sadly is the truth unless we respond faster. We have a sacred obligation to utter the current course of history for the benefit of the future generation. Already, we live in a world where there is so much hardship, hate, war, greed, selfishness and hunger.  We have more poor people in the world today than any other time in history. According to Joshua Cohen in his foreword

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Invisible Ceiling

Invisible Ceiling

Photo Credit: Kaz Chiba (Getty Images) - 88011528 Well this ceiling is only invisible to some... We just celebrated international women’s day, and this year seems like it was more popular than last. It could be that I find myself in spaces where we talk about it more often, or it was just advertised a lot better and people just know about it. I was walking with a male friend of mine the other day. It was just a few days before the international women’s day. We were talking about what we were going to do that day. He told me about how he has a sister that he is really close to, and she was always treated the same way he was at home. And I remember agreeing with him on several levels, because I come from such a household. Parents give you equal attention, your ambitions are your ambitions and family will do what it can to support. I have been fortunate to have access to education and encouraged as well. Then he said one thing that completely changed our discussion from harmonious a

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Talking Gender: With Alida Irakoze

Talking Gender: With Alida Irakoze

Q   How should Gender roles be changed to balance the status of both men and women? A Balancing the status of men and women will not be brought by changing Gender Roles, instead gender roles should be well defined, developed and respected by both parties to ensure a balanced gender community. Traditionally, it has been perceived that there are tasks done by men that can’t be done by women. This retarded the function of many households, hence affecting both community and country development in general.  This was proven by many cases where boys would be educated but leaving out the girls, as the 'expected' role for females would be "home-caring" whereas men were the ones to plan and get involved in all political and social- economic activities. Psychologically, this increased women’s vulnerability, depriving them of the rights to think further, plan and participate actively in developmental activities.  However much the physical status of men and women can&

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My Message To The African Youth - Joan Mwende

My Message To The African Youth - Joan Mwende

Being young and vibrant, the  African youth have so much potential! If we are motivated, passionate and refuse to entertain how things are run in the world today, we can be the cause of a lot of change . It is very common to be discouraged by the current systems in politics and society. Despite this, we need to learn to be the "change" and create a better world. We do not need to leave our futures to people who do not care about them! The following are pointers to young leaders across the continent: African youth should step up and be the sources of change from the grassroots, like the 'Community Level' itself. The young people interested to be the change in their communities are to be cultured and involved in social activism and politics so as to stay informed on issues and equally educate others around them. This can be done through social media platforms, reading books, following events happening currently and connecting with like minded people. They sa

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ANALYSIS: Youth Policy in Africa

ANALYSIS: Youth Policy in Africa

National Youth Policy is important because it represents a formal acknowledgement by governments and political leadership of their obligations to the youth population in a country. Policy can be developed as a comprehensive plan for securing the well-being and development of the Youth. More significantly, in countries where a national youth policy exists, it gives government institutions and civil society organizations a mandate to follow. From a global perspective, the drive to secure youth development, youth empowerment and youth engagement has grown as the crisis of Youth Unemployment continues to be an enormous challenge for governments all over the world. In response there has been a large amount of dialogue and research on finding effective solutions to the problems experienced by the global youth population. One of the more public responses is the convening of The First Global Forum on Youth Policies by the United Nations, Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth and other org

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