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Why I Am Taking a Stand on Intellectual Disability in Africa

Joyce Banda | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Joyce Banda

I am convening the African Leaders Forum on Disability in partnership with Special Olympics so that a marginalized population long unrecognized does not remain in the shadows. I consider this a critical, moral and practical challenge.

‘I Want to Be President' - Malawi's Little Voices Against Child Labor

Nadine Osseiran | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nadine Osseiran

When you talk of Malawi, many people think: "Oh, yes the country where Madonna adopted two children." The southeastern African country did also make...

Transforming a Nation

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

The time has flown. In fact, I've hardly been home since several members of the One World Futbol Project and I experienced our first team ball delive...

Malawi Government: Madonna's Demands Resemble Blackmail

AP | RAPHAEL TENTHANI | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact

BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna on Wednesday, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the sou...

Malawi President: Madonna Made Poor Kids Dance For Her

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact

Updated Tuesday, April 9, 2013: 5:56 p.m. EST: This story has been updated to include a statement from Madonna's charity manager. Someone high up i...

African President Auctions Jet To Feed Poor

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact

In her latest effort to improve relations with donors, Malawi’s president has decided to auction off her 14-seat jet and use the funds to help the p...

A New Leader for Africa

Elliot Gerson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Elliot Gerson

Joyce Banda, president of Malawi since April, is already a beacon of hope for that desperately poor country, but also for good governance across a continent long plagued by its opposite.

12 Women Who Inspired Me in 2012

Dee Poku-Spalding | Posted 03.02.2013 | Women
Dee Poku-Spalding

From politics to entertainment, philanthropy to fashion, there were a great number of defining moments this year that advanced the women's agenda and put the needs and rights of women and girls firmly on the map.

Leaders Mourn Death Of Ghana's Bastion Of Democracy

AP | FRANCIS KOKUTSE | Posted 10.10.2012 | World

ACCRA, Ghana — World leaders joined thousands of Ghanaians on Friday for the funeral of President John Atta Mills, who came to symbolize Ghana's...

Pride and Persecution: LGBT Global Love

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

I write about the hatred of LGBT people in Eastern Europe by religious and governmental authorities. I write about Jamaica where hating gays is a popular topic for music lyrics and where murders are escalating. Pride and persecution are both real. We rejoice in the good and confront the evil.

President Obama Needs to Make a Phone Call Against Genocide

Rafael Medoff | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Rafael Medoff

The leader of a small, deeply impoverished African country this week did more to combat genocide than all of President Obama's envoys, advisers, and boards put together.

Malawi President's Vows To Repeal Gay Ban

AP | By RAPHAEL TENTHANI and DONNA BRYSON | Posted 07.18.2012 | Gay Voices

BLANTYRE, Malawi -- President Joyce Banda declared Friday she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa i...

Dialogue for Action Africa

Cecilia Attias | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Cecilia Attias

Women are at the center of our world's development. Women are the mothers who bear and care for children, and they play an important economic role. Empowering women is key to boosting the well-being of many rural societies.

Malawi's First Female President: A Quiet and Earth Shaking Victory

Dr. Joia Mukherjee | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Dr. Joia Mukherjee

On April 7th, 2012, Vice President Joyce Banda was sworn in as the President of the country -- making her the first female president of Malawi, only the second on the continent.

Turn Towards Africa

Seth Engel | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Seth Engel

Regardless of their short-term results, the dynamics of the seemingly dangerous democratization in the Middle East and Northern Africa contrast sharply with occurrences in sub-Saharan Africa.

VP Becomes New Prez Of Malawi

AP | DONNA BRYSON and RAPHAEL TENTHANI | Posted 06.07.2012 | World

BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi has known rule by Britain and by a mercurial dictator. Over the last few days, however, it wasn't clear who was leadin...