African women have made inroads in the legal sector, where top positions are still largely dominated by men. We’re talking about powerful female lawyers who fight for justice in courtrooms across the continent, fiercely advocate for the rights of women and children, and through their work, saved the lives of [...]
Human Rights & Civil Liberties
Doomsday theories and grim forecasts aside, the upcoming Zimbabwean election could prove to be a harbinger to political change for the rest of Africa, but not for the reasons you may think. Many pundits, including independent advocacy group Africa Focus and various major news outlets, agree that the upcoming Zimbabwean elections [...]
The link between African Americans and Africans is a long, deep, complex, biological and social connection. Black people on each side of the Atlantic look to the other for inspiration as part of the global African diaspora, brought closer now than at any other time over our communal 400+ year [...]
Since 2003, Joyce Nangobi has been on a mission to help other women fight corruption. “It started as a necessity”, she says. At the time, families were being illegally evicted from their homes in Jinja, Uganda. With many women widowed or with their husbands away working in urban areas, they [...]
One of the striking features of Senegalese filmmaker Moussa Toure’s new film, La Pirogue, is its vivid recreation of the economic desperation at the heart of illegal immigration. It tells the story of Baye Laye, a young boat captain from a Senegalese fishing village who faces an uphill struggle making ends meet for his poor family.
The streets in Eastleigh are filled with rows of matatus (buses) blasting reggae music, piles of garbage drenched in sewage water (due to decades of road maintenance neglect and a lack of formal waste collection systems), and throngs of people traversing the narrow streets. It is in this densely populated low-income area of Nairobi that most of the urban refugees reside.
Understanding the African diaspora begins with the recognition of World War I (WWI) as a crucial and evolutionary moment. WWI marks a period that reflected tension and confusion, as well as assertions of connectivity and empowerment within the diaspora, that persist today.