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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, named after its Sudanese billionaire founder, announced on Monday that the prize committee has awarded the $5m prize for leadership to the former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace prize laureate who has been in power for 12 years, left office last month, handing over power […]

GPE: $2.3 billion pledged to finance education of millions of children

An unprecedented worldwide support for the education of millions of children was expressed at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference held in Dakar to address the global learning crisis. The significant new financial commitments of $2.3 billion from donors and developing countries will enable new and improved support for the education of millions […]

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Côte d’Ivoire seizes 600 kg of elephant tusks and pangolin scale

Côte d’Ivoire authorities on Thursday seized about 600 kg of elephant tusks and 600 kg of pangolin scales, Bonaventure Adomo, head of the Ivorian anti-smuggling unit, told reporters. The ivory was ready for export to Vietnam while the pangolin scales were destined for Asia, Adomo said. According to official accounts, the traffickers came from Côte […]

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Africa: Oxfam calls for improvement of women’s access to land

African women have little or no access to land and the means of production, a report released by Oxfam on inequality said on Monday. A survey, conducted in 35 countries, titled “Sharing wealth with those who create it”, reveals that in Senegal, only 5% of women have exclusive ownership of their land compared to 22% […]

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Ethiopia reviews family law, bans adoption by foreigners

The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday approved legislation banning international child adoptions in the horn of Africa nation. The country is a popular destination for families seeking to adopt. The bill, based on the new National Child Protection Policy, encourages orphans’ adoption in their own country. Lawmakers say orphans and other vulnerable children should be cared […]

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About 1.45 million Algerians visited Tunisia in 2017

About 1.45 million Algerian tourists visited Tunisia since the beginning of the year; an increase estimated at 59.8% compared to last year, data from the Tunisian Tourism ministry show. According to local news portal webdo.tn, the number of Algerians passing through Tunisia last July was close to 312,000 visitors, an increase of 60.7% compared to […]

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Botswana’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads – Parliament

Botswana’s parliament on Wednesday adopted a motion to implement a nationwide provision of sanitary products for school-aged girls. The motion passed by the southern African nation parliament will allow every girl in both private and public school to have access to education even during their menstrual periods. “Government provision of sanitary pads to all schools […]

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Nigeria scores world’s highest number of out-of-school children

In Nigeria, an estimated 10.5 million children are not going to school, scoring the world’s highest number of out-of-school children, Africanews portal reports. With children under 15 years of age accounting for 45 per cent of the 171 million population, the burden on education has become overwhelming. Primary school enrolment has increased in recent years, […]

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Tanzania: About 479 people accused of witchcraft killed

Human Rights watchdogs are calling on authorities in Tanzania to take action as about 479 people accused of being witches have been killed in the East-African nation this year by vigilance groups. According to a report released on Monday by the Dar es Salaam-based Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), some 80 people, accused of […]

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Tunisia passes landmark law to end all violence against women

Lawmakers in Tunisia on Wednesday passed a bill to “end all violence against women” and provide help for victims, local media reports. “It’s a very moving moment and we are proud in Tunisia to have been able to gather around a historical project,” said women’s minister Naziha Laabidi. The new law, which is expected to […]

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