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How Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) Can Limit The Impact Of A Health Disaster

In 2017, a Dengue Fever outbreak in Burkina Faso resulted in 12,087 cases and 24 deaths mostly in the central region.Such outbreaks have historically placed a major strain on Burkina Faso’s public health system and recently led to a call for a more coordinated emergency response mechanism. To this end, the Government of Burkina Faso …

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Litigating The Right To Education In SA – An Overview Of Some Of The Most Important Cases Of The Last 10 Years

The following op-ed is written by Ona Xolo of the Legal Resources Centre. The basic education system in South Africa is steeped in a history of systemic inequality that was institutionalised by the apartheid government. This created a clear divide between the good quality of education provided to white learners and the underfunded, abysmal education …

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Graça Machel and Melinda Gates Call for Action for Women & Girls

On Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 18:30 – 19:00 South Africa time (SAST), Graça Machel and Melinda Gates will deliver a powerful call to action for public and private sector leaders to address gender equality as Africa undertakes its reconstruction efforts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The webinar will take place on Africa.com, and the …

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The Murky Waters of Housing Allocations in South Africa

The following op-ed is a collaborative effort by Sipesihle Mguga and Zimkhitha Mhlahlo of the Legal Resources Centre. Throughout history, land and housing have been recognised as primary sources of wealth, social status, power and more importantly, security. They are the basis for shelter, and food. The need for adequate housing has never been as …

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International Women's Day

Give Girls A Chance Nigeria

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Give Girls A Chance Nigeria is committed to working toward a gender-balanced world and creating a #BalanceforBetter. #IWD2019

Zabalaza: The Story of a Centenarian’s Struggle for Access to Basic Services

The following op-ed is a collaborative effort by Thabiso Mbhense and Simone Gray of the Legal Resources Centre. Zabalaza Mshengu was 104 years old when he was laid to rest. His name, “Zabalaza”, means ‘stand firm or plant oneself firmly on the ground or refuse to give way’[1] in isiZulu. He embodied the name completely: …

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Communal Land and the Traditional Elites

The following op-ed is a collaborative effort by Ona Xolo, Cameron McConnachie and Cecile van Schalkwyk of the Legal Resources Centre. 17 million people in South Africa reside on communal land in areas largely controlled by traditional leaders. These areas are the remnants of the former homelands that were created during the apartheid years for …

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Legal Trilogy: How Three Women Changed the Face of Matrimonial Property Rights for Black Women in South Africa

Op-Ed by Sharita Samual and Kathleen Wootton It is said that well-behaved women seldom make history. The women that change the course of history are those who speak up and oppose the discriminatory laws and practices that seek to oppress and silence them. Elizabeth Gumede, Thokozani Maphumulo, and Agnes Sithole are three women who have …

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South Africa’s Traditional Courts Deeply Flawed – Here’s How We Can Fix It

The following op-ed is a collaborative effort by Cameron McConnachie and Teddy Weinstein of the Legal Resources Centre South Africa has a hybrid legal system that recognises the customary laws and traditions of millions of people who regulate their lives in accordance with the customs and practices of their traditional communities. The enactment of the …

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Rwanda Abolishes Over 1,000 Colonial-Era Laws

Three months after discussions to scrap all the country’s colonial-era laws kicked off, parliament has passed a law scrapping over 1,000 pieces of the legislation said to be outdated. Rwanda was a colony of two countries: German (1900-1916), and Belgium between 1916-1962. Addressing members of the parliamentary standing committee on political affairs and gender in June …

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