I HAVE NOT WRITTEN IN A WHILE… A lot has been going on in my life. You must be thinking that I have been too busy to write. Although you are right in thinking so, you are probably wrong in why you think I have been busy. Of course, I meant no disrespect to you… Read More When I was nominated for an Award
This article first appeared on the Research and Advocacy Unit Blog and was written by Jocelynne Lake, a colleague… Today is World Mental Health Day with this year’s theme being “Depression: A Global Crisis”. The aim of having a day which highlights Mental Health and especially depression is to raise awareness and bring this important… Read More World Mental Health Day-10 October
I had an exhausting trip from Harare (Zimbabwe) via Lusaka (Zambia) via Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) via Entebbe (Uganda) to Kigali (Rwanda). It took me 13 hours to fly from Zimbabwe to Rwanda when it takes just 6 hours to fly from Harare to Geneva? I therefore questioned how we as Africans could effectively foster the… Read More I miss my sunshine: Lessons from Rwanda
Monday the 20th of February it was. I would think the exact time was 1525 hrs, Geneva time. The Session had begun at 1500hrs. I was the 7th speaker among 8 designated speakers; 3 from Algeria, 2 from Jordan and 3 from Zimbabwe. Each speaker was given 3 minutes to say all they had to… Read More 51st CEDAW Session: Part 1
Throughout the time I spent in Egypt, one recurrent question from people outside Egypt struck me the most: Had the Revolution brought about any meaningful change? My very first impressions upon arriving in Egypt were that indeed the Revolution had changed many things. I had read about the Mubarak regime which sounded pretty much like… Read More Of bloggers, activists, expectant mothers and military rulers: Free Alaa!!!
Egyptians are angry, so very angry that they are dragging their former president through the criminal courts. The trial of Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and for conspiring to kill protestors who are popularly known as the martyrs of the Revolution, made headlines on many news stations across the globe. Mubarak denied all charges… Read More Justice or no justice?
As I watched the celebrations by the people of South Sudan on their Independence Day, the 9th of July 2011, I could not help but do so with a sense of nostalgia. I listened with a critical ear to the new President of the new Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit swearing his allegiance… Read More Birth of a new nation