Staples: a story about accessing court records

Staples: a story about accessing court records

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.

Chileans win historic victory over toxic 'sacrifice zone'

Chileans win historic victory over toxic 'sacrifice zone'

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.

War: still turning a profit for the world’s elites

War: still turning a profit for the world’s elites

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.

‘Where are the SADC and UN when we need them?’

‘Where are the SADC and UN when we need them?’

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?

Senegal: a petro-scandal revealed

Senegal: a petro-scandal revealed

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.

Sénégal: un scandale pétrolière se dévoile

Sénégal: un scandale pétrolière se dévoile

La gestion des contrats pétroliers au Sénégal commence à montrer ses secrets, ecrit Elimane Kane, impliquant BP et le gouvernement dans un affaire de milliards de dollars. Il invite toutes les personnes qui soutiennent la transparence et l'équité à signer une pétition lancée par LEGS-Africa.

The check-yourself list: why women aren’t talking

The check-yourself list: why women aren’t talking

What makes articulate, informed women keep silent, even in social justice spaces? Why are men so at ease with taking up so much speaking time, even in organisations working for change? Nicola Browne and Renata Cuk on the ‘aha’ moment when they realised it wasn’t just them…

Unnatural disasters: tackling cholera in Zimbabwe

Unnatural disasters: tackling cholera in Zimbabwe

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.

Kenya's widows: leading the fight for dignity

Kenya's widows: leading the fight for dignity

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.

Women and care work: we're stuck in a revolving door

Women and care work: we're stuck in a revolving door

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.

Is the digital world ready for the poor?

Is the digital world ready for the poor?

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.

Women challenging war: a feminist lens on patriarchy and conflict

Women challenging war: a feminist lens on patriarchy and conflict

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.

Beyond Brexit: Northern Ireland's young activists are building hope

Beyond Brexit: Northern Ireland's young activists are building hope

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 election: weighing the democratic deficit

Senegal's election: weighing the democratic deficit

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

Slums and super-projects: housing Inequality In Lagos

Slums and super-projects: housing Inequality In Lagos

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.

Intersectionality, Activist Organising and Sisters Uncut

Intersectionality, Activist Organising and Sisters Uncut

To understand how campaigning movements contest power relations and social inequalities, we must focus not only on their public actions, but also how they address inequalities within their own spaces, write Dr Armine Ishkanian and Anita Peña Saavedra