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The Colonial Roots of Africa's Gender Inequality

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 03.18.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

One of the negative legacies of colonialism in Africa is that it upended many traditional African practices. In the case of women, they lost whatever traditional powers that they had.

Kidnapping Elephants Won't Save Them

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 03.11.2016 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

The actions taken by the Dallas Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo have done nothing to help elephants but will irrefutably harm them for decades to come. All three zoos should be roundly condemned by everyone who cares about elephants.

The Stolen 18: Swaziland Elephants Secretly Shipped to U. S. Zoos to Avoid Legal Challenge

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.10.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

An elephant "abduction": Bad news for elephants A few months ago I wrote an essay with Catherine Doyle and Keith Lindsay called "The Conservation C...

Education and Health: Keys to Reducing HIV among Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

An epidemic sweeping across southern and eastern Africa reminds me of a hard truth in public health: diseases thrive in places where there is inequity and lack of opportunity. That epidemic -- HIV among adolescent girls and young women -- is threatening to roll back many gains made in the fight against HIV in the past 15 years.

What Is the Real Meaning of Development and How Can We Achieve Sustainable Results?

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.29.2015 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.

Swaziland's Elephants: A Dying Breed

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Elephant experts, conservationists, animal advocates, and thoughtful people everywhere know that wildlife belongs in the wild and that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep them there.

The Conservation Charade: U.S. Zoos Propose Importing Wild African Elephants

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.09.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

The American public is under the impression that elephants are no longer captured in the wild and imported for display in zoos. Surely, such an archaic and inhumane practice must have been relegated to the past!

Dozens Of Young Women Killed In Crash Before Swaziland Royal Ceremony

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.29.2015 | World

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) - At least 38 young women have died in a road accident in Swaziland on their way to an annual ceremony where the king m...

Top 10 Worst Countries for Workers' Rights: The Ranking No Country Should Want

Sharan Burrow | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Sharan Burrow

The latest ranking of workers' rights includes the global top ten, of which no country should want to be part, and reveals Gulf States and North Africa workers are among the world's worst treated.

Retired... Said Who?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 05.03.2016 | Technology
Denise M. Wilbanks

I'd like to invite you to do a thought experiment. Imagine what it would feel like to have spent most of your life working in corporate America. You c...

Swaziland, the King of Old-Fashioned Repression

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

It sounds like a case from the 1950s: a human rights lawyer thrown into jail after daring to criticize the country's judiciary. But Thulani Maseko is unlucky enough to be living in Swaziland, Africa's only remaining absolute monarchy, and to be blessed with the sort of personal courage that makes him vocal about injustice.

Laughing, Dancing and Learning with Swazi Girls

Blythe Terrell | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Blythe Terrell

I served as a community health volunteer in Swaziland from 2012 to 2014, finishing in August. I had my share of long, dull days, and I had a few extremely busy ones. But much of my time went to a girls-empowerment program.

Girls and Environmental Change Go Hand in Hand

Lila Igram | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

World Environment Day is in June, so it seemed fitting to post this article in June. Then, I got to thinking, every day should be a day where we are working to make sustainable changes for our environment.

TB: Out From the Shadows

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Katherine Marshall

It is reassuring to see a new determination to bring the very modern scourge of TB out of the shadows. But neglecting the real potential for faith engagement in the effort is a mistake. It is an engagement with an ancient history and a modern face, one that can bring out the best that faith communities have to offer.

Serendipity in Swaziland

Mathew Lasky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Mathew Lasky

As quickly as it appeared, the luxury sedan disappears into the evergreen before us. The BMW, a welcomed reassurance of our map-reading skills, is also a fleeting signal of Swaziland's imbalanced political and economic landscape.

This Week in Seeding the Change: Everyone Needs a Little Sunshine and Laughter Sometimes

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

These are just a few examples of what a little seed money can do when put in the hands of someone with a vision and a plan to change the world.

Chicago to Swaziland: We are Kamhlaba!

Sofia Gomez-Doyle | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Sofia Gomez-Doyle

While some questioned my decision to study in Swaziland, it remains one of the most transformative experiences I have had. I learned to expect the unexpected, celebrate difference and cherish the "small" moments that profoundly shape and change our perspectives.

Here I Am: From a Dream to Reality-- Ending Malaria in Swaziland

Lucy Chesire | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Nearly 30% of Swaziland's population is estimated to live places that are at risk for malaria, yet through strategic planning and stable financial support for essential malaria prevention, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance measures, the prevalence of malaria has been reduced to a mere 0.2%.

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Topless Women Parade In Front Of Swazi King

Reuters | Agnieszka Flak and Helen Nyambura-Mwaura | Posted 11.03.2012 | World

By Agnieszka Flak and Helen Nyambura-Mwaura LUDZIDZINI ROYAL VILLAGE, Swaziland (Reuters) - Thousands of bare-breasted young Swazi wome...

An Author's Guilt About Writing Genre Fiction

Malla Nunn | Posted 08.27.2012 | Books
Malla Nunn

I can no longer judge my own writing in terms of its ability to save Africa. Instead, I can invite readers into an exquisite, wild part of the world where exciting things happen. I can tell stories where despite the obstacles, people fight for each and for justice.

Major Company Controls 40 Percent Of African Nation's GDP

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

In one African nation, a giant American brand may be bringing corporate influence to a whole new level. Coca-Cola accounts for as much as 40 perce...

Dear The Commonwealth, It's Time to Suspend Swaziland

Stephen_Brown | Posted 02.06.2012 | World

Swaziland is a member of the Commonwealth, which claims "54 independent states working together in the common interests of their citizens for development, democracy and peace." Imprisoning students, torturing and beating them is a funny way of sticking to that.

Cancer Rises in Africa, a Continent Unequipped to Deal With it

David J. Olson | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
David J. Olson

HIV-positive Africans have a 30-90 times higher risk of Kaposi sarcoma, a 5-times higher risk of lymphoma and at least twice the risk for cervical cancer compared to HIV-negative Africans. Yet most African languages don't have a word for cancer.

Time to Act: Stop TB/AIDS

Jorge Sampaio | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Jorge Sampaio

People living with HIV can raise their families, work and pursue their dreams. We cannot stand by and watch as TB -- which can cost as little as $100 for treatment and cure -- steals those dreams.

Kids Helping Kids Through Soccer

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

Food, shelter and medicine heal and nourish the body. Sports and soccer, build the body and heal and nourish the soul.