Category Archives: Social Justice

Texts from Rio +20: Playing the Ostrich with our Future?

Texts from Rio +20: Playing the Ostrich with our Future?

Tweet By: Steve Arowolo* In his opening address at the recently concluded Earth Summit (Rio +20) in Brazil, the United Nation Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon stressed that “We are now in sight of a historic agreement. Let us not waste this opportunity. The world is watching to see if words will translate into action, as… Continue Reading

Beyond good intentions- Joining the conversation on public charity

Beyond good intentions- Joining the conversation on public charity

Tweet “There exists the argument that some returned volunteers have gained insight into the damage they have done to others – and thus become more mature people. Yet it is less frequently stated that most of them are ridiculously proud of their “summer sacrifices.” Perhaps there is also something to the argument that young men… Continue Reading

Twitter and Facebook – African(nising) the right of women to the internet

Twitter and Facebook – African(nising) the right of women to the internet

Tweet In a 2011 report[1], the United Nations (UN) counted internet access as a basic human right. However Vinton G. Cerf in the New York Times earlier this year noted that arguments to the effect that internet access is a basic human right “however well meaning, misses a larger point: technology is an enabler of… Continue Reading

“Arab Spring” or Tafsut Imazighen?

Tweet I was confused when people first started talking about the “Arab Spring.”  I’m North African, I thought, but I’m not Arab.  Everyone was talking about “ the Arab world,” “Arab countries,” and “Arab revolutions,” caught up in the excitement of the international headlines but reading from a safe distance.  There have been countless lectures,… Continue Reading

Confessions of an African Woman: Yes, I am a feminist!!!

Tweet by Basetsana Maposa I have a confession to make….I am a feminist[i]. Yes, you heard me right! I boldly declare that indeed I am a feminist.  I have had interesting reactions, from both men and women, whenever I make this declaration. Some of the interesting comments I get include questions or statements such as… Continue Reading

Sports as the new platform for development: New route, old paradigm?

Tweet The United Nations declaration of 2005 as the International Year of Sport and Physical Education marked a significant step in the connection of sports to international development. This forward looking milestone had the effect of bringing sports and physical activities to the global stage whilst recognizing its potential of mass mobilization. Specifically, the endorsement… Continue Reading

Enhanced Education – New perspectives for South Africa

Tweet by Nomfundo Libazi In the wise words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, what one learns from others becomes one’s own reflection. The accumulation of quality learning enables societies to reflect quality development and growth. A refined curriculum that encompasses more than formal education can help instill societal values that will mold individual and encourage them… Continue Reading


Tweet by Steve Arowolo The 2005 World Energy Council (WEC) reports revealed that Africa’s energy resources are for the most part oil and gas reserves in North and West Africa, hydroelectric potential in Central and Eastern Africa, and coal in Southern Africa. Hydropower in Sub‐Saharan Africa has massive exploitable potential, which according to the African… Continue Reading

Feminism, Gender-Equality and Women Wanting to take over the World – Is this really what it is all about?

Tweet Not too long ago, I was involved in a heated debate with some friends and colleagues regarding Gender Equality. Rather shockingly, most of them, despite being well educated, cultured and well read, were convinced that what we ‘feminists’ were promoting was an ‘equality of the sexes’. This opinion was shared by both the men… Continue Reading