Court records are legally required to be open, but all too often courts are full of closed doors and barriers, says Gabriella Razzano of a long, frustrating journey through the labyrinth that is Western Cape High Court in South Africa.
Chile’s Supreme Court has ruled that the government is responsible for the environmental and health costs of extractive industries, writes Anita Peña Saavedra, thanks to the patience, persistence and power of grassroots mobilisation, cooperation and focused pressure.
Most of us gain nothing and lose much from living in an increasingly militarised world, observes Milena Abrahamyan, and those at the bottom lose most of all. Economies may boom in times of war, but so does inequality, and the collateral damage from weapons manufacturers’ wares are inevitably the poor.
When a fellow kombi passenger demands to know why the African Union, SADC and UN aren’t helping to tackle Zimbabwe’s woes, Maureen Sigauke is spurred to reflect on regional and global integration and governance. Are these organisations farcical, ineffective — or grounds for hope?
Secrets relating to the management of oil contracts in Senegal are coming to light, writes Elimane Kane, and they implicate both BP and the government in a case worth billions of dollars. He invites all those who support transparency and equity to sign a petition launched by LEGS-Africa calling for action.
Africa Day commemorates a continent’s freedom from colonial rule, writes Craig Dube, but Africa is not truly free when so many Africans are still dying of disease or disaster through being denied the resources afforded to their neighbours.
Widows in Kenya suffer social exclusion, economic inequality and physical and sexual violence, writes Roseline Orwa. Education and grassroots initiatives are essential to the fight for their human rights.
Radical sisterhood: Ebru Ilhan on the women who show that making change requires being willing to step back, acknowledge power and privilege, and encourage others to speak, act, and lead.
When it comes to who does the caring and the housework, it’s time for us to call out sexism for what it is, says Saida Ali . “Woke” policies will never be enough if individuals fail to change their own behaviour.
Techno-optimists claim that global connectivity could solve poverty, but from Rohingya refugees to African-Americans, the experiences of the poor show the true cost of tech’s double-edged sword. Anjali Sarker on the dark side of digital inclusion.
In the South Caucasus, where three conflicts have been ongoing since the 1990s, many women’s organizations are working to build peace. But relatively few, writes Milena Abrahamyan, draw on feminist analysis to focus on the links between patriarchy and violence at all levels, from the home to the battlefield.
Inequality is still the hardest of hard borders to break down, writes Nicola Browne, whether or not Brexit turmoil ends up undoing the Good Friday Agreement’s work. But a number of campaigns challenging Northern Ireland’s environmentally destructive, low-wage model are gaining ground
Senegal’s re-elected president says he is willing to open a new chapter. But transforming the country will take more than a new president or fairer elections: the Senegalese people need a new consciousness, argues Elimane Haby Kane
Despair might seem like the only rational response in the wake of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential victory in Brazil. But there is light on the horizon: Pedro Telles looks at an innovative collective, Bancada Ativista, that is already becoming an electoral force.
Change is inherently messy, and so are explanations for it. Over a series of six blog posts, Sebastian Bock aims to add to this creative mess by looking at a few cases of transformative social change.
It is time Nigeria’s government stopped looking past the ‘eyesores’ of Lagos’ shantytowns as it focuses on plans for an urban megacity that the majority of the city’s inhabitants will not be able to afford to live in. An inclusive city is essential for citizens and a sustainable economy alike, writes Fola Adeleke.
Any gender-based analysis of economic development in post-conflict areas must seriously engage with an often-ignored population of women, writes Roseline Orwa.