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Women’s Day Celebration

Women’s Day Celebration

‘You strike a woman; you strike a rock’. These words were sung in Pretoria and echoed nationwide on 9 August, 1956. Over 20,000 women filled the streets of the city, united by their rejection of the new pass laws proposed by the apartheid government. This day is celebrated as National Women’s Day.

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Black Panther

Black Panther

Earlier this year, hordes of comic book fans and mainstream audiences gathered to watch Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The film has so far been the highest grossing film of the year, having made over a billion US dollars worldwide. However, there was the introduction of a character, who pounced majestically onto screen, sending comic book fans into a frenzy of excitement – Black Panther.

Human Rights News Special Feature

Evaluating the RDP

Evaluating the RDP

It’s a scorching day in Khayelitsha. Even if it’s much too hot to stay in the sun, people are crowded in the middle of the streets, sweat trickling down their backs. The centre of their attention is Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, who is visiting a housing project. ‘When will sanitation be supplied?’ The residents ask him repeatedly. He promises them that he will make sure to fast-track it, before getting back into his car and driving away.

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A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

According to the HIV Stigma Index, 7% of HIV-positive women report being victims of forced sterilisation. As well as this, 43% of South Africans who are HIV positive suffer from ‘internalised stigma.’ Allegations of forced sterilisation have been made in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Swaziland – among female HIV-sufferers, disabled and underprivileged women.

Health Spotlight

Ikamva Labantu

Ikamva Labantu

If you meet Helen Lieberman, the founder of Ikamva Labantu, you would be impressed by the energy she exudes. Helen’s father was Lithuanian, he fled the pogroms to find safety. Her mother was English, who came to South Africa during World War I. Helen’s upbringing was sheltered. She’d never known anything other than her community, its people, its customs, its newspapers controlled by the government, until the day she entered a township. She was 21 years old. That day, she decided that she couldn’t live in this country without getting involved.

Health Spotlight

HOPE for Children

HOPE for Children

A non-profit organisation, HOPE Cape Town, is making great strides to support children and families who are affected by HIV/AIDS and TB. The organisation helps people by offering counselling and educational programmes at the community level and works in disadvantaged ‘forgotten’ areas like Mannenberg and Blikkiesdorp.

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MOSAIC

MOSAIC

South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic and gender-based violence in the world. Studies have shown that one in every six women in South Africa is regularly assaulted by her partner, and 36.6% of African women throughout the content have experienced domestic violence by their partners.

Education Science & Tech Spotlight

Brothers For All

Brothers For All

Despite being one of the most economically advanced countries on the continent, South Africa is struggling with a particularly pressing issue: its prison population, which is the largest in Africa at 158,000. To make matters worse, upon leaving prison, ex-offenders are presented with the bleak options of either unemployment or a menial low-paying job, which makes the allure of crime extremely powerful.

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Youth Health Festival

Youth Health Festival

Youth Day is a day where everyone takes a moment to celebrate the young people of South Africa as well as remember those who were lost in the country’s pursuit of freedom, specifically the Soweto Uprising of 1976. This year, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation hosted the Youth Health Festival (YHF) at the Artscape to help educate young men and women from Cape Town about sexual health and HIV/AIDS, a crisis that affects over 300,000 children in South Africa alone.

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Inspired Youth Programme

Inspired Youth Programme

In 2014 Dene Botha, the founder and managing director of Pride Factor, had a simple dream – to make a difference in the lives of teenagers in South Africa. Now two years later he has teamed up with Greg Secker of the Greg Secker Foundation to create the Inspired Youth Programme. A platform that is not only opening new doors for the youth of South Africa, it is shattering the outdated mind-set of what it means to be a successful and to achieve one’s passions and dreams.

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Where Words Meet the Sea

Where Words Meet the Sea

The beach has always been a place of recluse for me; a place of peace and serenity. I grew up on the sandy shores of New York beaches and my love for the ocean never waned. Whenever I am not near the sea I feel an invisible force pulling me back to it. Whether I realise it or not, I always find myself returning to the place that helped shape me and mold me into the person I am today. The ocean will always be a part of me; it is there that I feel whole and complete.

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The Maasai Tribe

The Maasai Tribe

The Maasai people are a traditional tribal group that inhabit southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, along the Great Rift Valley. As they are nomadic, it can be difficult to determine how many of them still live their traditional lifestyle. However, it is estimated that there are roughly 1 million Maasai throughout Kenya and Tanzania.

Lifestyle Travel

Venice

Venice

Venice. An island surrounded by the Venetian Lagoon. Commonly the number one choice for newlyweds embarking on their honeymoon, this city receives more than 20 million tourists every year and is a World Heritage Site.

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Sant’Oreste

Sant’Oreste

Close to Mount Soratte, the Italian mountain ridge in the province of Rome, you’ll find a small natural treasure: the picturesque town of Sant’Oreste, my hometown. Inhabited by about 4,000 people, the village of Sant’Oreste is a pearl of tradition dating back to before the great Roman Empire. But what makes my hometown so unique? Let’s find out.

Lifestyle Travel

My Dolce Vita

My Dolce Vita

A well-known journalist and writer, Guido Piovene claimed: ‘La Calabria sembra essere stata creata da un Dio capriccioso che dopo avere creato diversi mondi, si è divertito a mescolarli insieme.’ Literally translated, this means: ‘Calabria seems to have been created by a capricious God who, after creating different worlds, was amused to mix them together.’ These words ring true if you are lucky enough to travel through the heart of Calabria. Here you’ll see an inspiring blend of magical with mystical, especially in some of the less frequently travelled areas of the province.

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Rhine-Neckar Region

Rhine-Neckar Region

Contrast is the best word to describe the Rhine-Neckar region: industrial areas are only a short drive away from one of the largest wine regions in Germany; big cities are located next to small quaint towns; international students and people from all around the world form the cultural mix of this region.

 

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