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Tanzanian women hope for a stronger voice in new constitution

Tanzanian women hope for a stronger voice in new constitution | African News | Scoop.it
Mary Rusimbi: After intensive lobbying by a coalition of women's rights groups, gender equality is climbing the agenda in Tanzania at a key time
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Radio Amina and Aisha’s Song: Short Films Giving a Voice to Nigerian Girls

Radio Amina and Aisha’s Song: Short Films Giving a Voice to Nigerian Girls | African News | Scoop.it

Radio Amina and Aisha’s Song are two documentary-style short films produced by Grain Media, a London-based production company, as part of the Girl Effect campaign, a movement that states that the 250 million adolescent girls who live poverty are the most powerful force for change on the planet. Following that theme, Radio Amina and Aisha’s Songfocus on two young girls in Kano, the bustling metropolitan Northern Nigerian city. Both films give us glimpses into the lives of underprivileged girls living in the second largest city in Nigeria.

 

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Girls need to be heard.

 

And listened to.

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How to Approach the Issue of LGBT Rights in Africa

How to Approach the Issue of LGBT Rights in Africa | African News | Scoop.it
LGBT issues in Africa must be approached from multiple angles: political, social, legal, and cultural.

 

The rights of the LGBT community are a very sensitive topic in Africa, and despite the fact that there has been a lot of repudiation of the draconian laws that apply to LGBT Africans by the African LGBT community itself, its allies within the larger African community, and the international community, very little has changed. If anything, the laws are becoming stricter, the rhetoric of African leaders is becoming more strident, the culture of the African community is becoming more homophobic, and, despite the debate and the amount of information being provided on this topic, the people are becoming more ignorant.

 

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Africa: Stop Punishing People for Their Sexual Orientation, Ugandan Bishop Says

Africa: Stop Punishing People for Their Sexual Orientation, Ugandan Bishop Says | African News | Scoop.it

Ugandans living with HIV/AIDS are being denied access to treatment and healthcare because of their sexual orientation, a Ugandan bishop who campaigns for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community said.

 

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo said the number of LGBT people with HIV/AIDS in the east African country is on the increase and prejudice and ignorance mean they are often marginalised and forced into hiding.

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Excellent support from a senior member of the church.

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Two cheers for gay rights in Uganda

Two cheers for gay rights in Uganda | African News | Scoop.it
The emphasis on gay activism obscures Museveni's human rights abuses
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Museveni is a clear example of a leader who has been in power too long.

 

I could keep on and on about how I don't understand homophobia.

 

Can someone please explain it to me? Why do so a many Christians spend so much time thinking about it?

 

The guy in the picture above is WATCHING gay porn on his laptop! OK, I don't fall into the "all homophobes are secretly gay" camp* - but there has to be something seriously non-Sydneyed up in the mind of a homophobe who goes out of his way to watch gay porn.

 

 

 

 

*hehe - see what I did there?

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earthdog58's curator insight, March 1, 8:32 PM

 

Museveni is a clear example of a leader who has been in power too long.

 

I could keep on and on about how I don't understand homophobia.

 

Can someone please explain it to me? Why do so a many Christians spend so much time thinking about it?

 

The guy in the picture above is WATCHING gay porn on his laptop! OK, I don't fall into the "all homophobes are secretly gay" camp* - but there has to be something seriously non-Sydneyed up in the mind of a homophobe who goes out of his way to watch gay porn.

 

 

 

 

*hehe - see what I did there?

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Binyavanga Wainaina: coming out in Kenya

Binyavanga Wainaina: coming out in Kenya | African News | Scoop.it
Binyavanga Wainaina talks to Tim Adams about the chapter from his memoir titled 'I am a homosexual, Mum' and how it has placed him at the heart of the African debate on gay rights
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Nigeria's yan daudu face persecution in religious revival

Nigeria's yan daudu  face persecution in religious revival | African News | Scoop.it
Once-tolerated, the 'men who dress like women' fear they are being driven underground
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Only just caught up with this story from June - yet another example of the un-nerving obsession the religious have with homosexuality .

 

A society which saw tolerance as a virtue is being infected with the "virtues" of intolerance and hatred.

 

Who wins? Who loses?

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KCE Everyday Life

KCE Everyday Life | African News | Scoop.it
Photo by Megan Orr, 2012 Peace Fellow at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, Kenya
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I've starred this for the top because the girl's smile represents everything that is good about Kenya, and about Africa as a whole.

There is so much amazing human potential in the continent.

Watch Kakenya Ntaiya's phenomenal talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school.html

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