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Feminism and Intellectual Property: Will Women Judges Make a Difference?

Feminism and Intellectual Property: Will Women Judges Make a Difference?

| December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Women have climbed to the highest apex of judicial power in a number of countries. They have also climbed higher in positions of power in several countries. Both the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice in Zambia as of mid-2012 were female jurists. The Chief Justice of Nigeria is a female. The Chief Justice of […]

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Protect Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

Protect Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

| December 5, 2012
07 December 2012

Call on the Presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to defend and recognise the work of human rights defenders

Members of “Ladies in White,” wives and mothers of political prisoners, demonstrate during the dissident group’s weekly march after mass in Havana, Sunday July 11, 2010. © AP Photo/Javier Galeano

 

Human rights defenders in the Americas play a vital role in exposing and combating human rights violations. Many have paid a high price for their courageous efforts to break cycles of injustice, discrimination and impunity.

In Brazil, Laísa Santos Sampaio has received repeated threats after campaigning for the protection of the Amazon.

In Colombia, Popular Women’s Organization members have been targeted for death threats, harassment and physical attacks because of their work on women’s rights.

Members of the Ladies in White in Cuba have been repeatedly subjected to short-term and arbitrary detention and harassment in reprisal for their campaigning on fundamental freedoms.

Guatemalan defender Yolanda Oquelí survived an attempt on her life as a result for campaigning for her community’s environmental rights.

Since 2011, members of Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) have faced a rising number of death threats, harassment and attacks for fighting against impunity.

Mexican migrants’ rights defender Fray Tomás González continues to face harassment and intimidation.

Despite the lack of effective protection for themselves and their families and widespread impunity, they continue their struggle.

Support them by signing the petition to their President below

Dear President,

I call on you to:

  • publicly recognize the legitimate and fundamental role of human rights defenders in your country
  • take all measures to support human rights defenders in continuing their work, while effectively protecting them against abuses
  • ensure that allegations of human rights abuses against human rights defenders are properly investigated and those responsible brought to justice.

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“Lack of Education Stole her Dream”

“Lack of Education Stole her Dream”

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

She was sitting amongst a group of women, supervising the cooking of a big pot of ‘Jollof’ rice at a naming ceremony.  I sat watching how they admired the attire of the guests as the griot sang praises to the women linking them to their linage.  Then I observed that she was less busy and […]

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Nigerian Teens Find Power Uses of Urine

Nigerian Teens Find Power Uses of Urine

| November 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

Leave it to a few enterprising kids to come up with a potentially new energy source – urine. Four 14-year-old Nigerian students in Lagos recently came up with a process that turned a liter of urine into a fuel that generated six hours of electricity, according to Forbes. The key is capturing the hydrogen (safely). […]

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Samar Khoury – A Model with A Dream Beyond Fame and a Name

Samar Khoury – A Model with A Dream Beyond Fame and a Name

| November 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here at AFRIKAN GODDESS MAGAZINE, we love stories of dreams and triumph. It’s why we cover them every month. These stories of triumph, perseverance, and driven women who rise victoriously, are what make what we do all the more worthwhile. We share these stories in the hopes that our readers will be touched, and be […]

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Botswana Women Win Land Inheritance Battle

Botswana Women Win Land Inheritance Battle

| October 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Botswana High Court has overturned a customary law which prevented women from inheriting the family home. The judge ruled that the law contravened the constitution, which guarantees equality for men and women. Edith Mmusi and her sisters have fought a five-year legal battle after their nephew said he was the rightful owner of their […]

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Maimah Karmo: The Fearless One

Maimah Karmo: The Fearless One

| October 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Life is full of challenges, and for many of us, this usually means an excuse to indulge in the art of sell-pity. And there is no bigger challenge than one that threatens to negatively alter the direction of our lives, or worse yet, end it. However, when Maimah Karmo was diagnosed with breast cancer at […]

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Disobedient Wives Should be Beaten: What Obama’s Step Grandmother Has to Say About Women’s Rights

Disobedient Wives Should be Beaten: What Obama’s Step Grandmother Has to Say About Women’s Rights

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

(Read the full text at The Root) — No visit to Kenya is complete without calling on Sarah Obama, President Obama’s remarkably sharp 90-year-old step-grandmother, the woman who raised his father, Barack Obama Sr. Since the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Westerners have trooped to her door, eager to learn about the president’s African heritage from […]

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Mialy Rajoelina: First Lady of Madagascar

Mialy Rajoelina: First Lady of Madagascar

| September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

While researching the first lady featured this week, I was personally overjoyed to find that she not only is a first lady who embodies the ideal of today’s African woman, but she is also the youngest first lady on the African continent – in her mid-thirties. She is us! (The main AFRIKAN GODDESS MAGAZINE demographic […]

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Do Feminists Make Bad Relationship Partners?

Do Feminists Make Bad Relationship Partners?

| September 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

A few days ago I was catching up with an old school classmate of mine from several years ago, over the phone, when the issue of my feminism came up (we’ve been in touch via Facebook, and he reads my articles for which I’m grateful). We were talking about my current relationship status when he asked […]

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