Challenging marginalisation and social exclusion

As usual, where there is ignorance about a particular issue, particularly one that is both sensitive and personal, the tendency is to demonise and belittle, thus creating the ideal environment for marginalisation and social exclusion – and for ensuring that little is learned and few new concepts are accepted.


Bye bye boys

In the wake of the massive looting of government money known as cash-gate, Malawian President Joyce Banda came under pressure to act decisively. Civil Society leaders called on her not to shield any big wigs within her government and party and to fire any officials connected to the escalating corruption crisis.

In response, Banda did more than most people expected – by dissolving her entire cabinet. The questions on everyone’s lips were what would she do next? And what would her new cabinet look like?


Winners and losers in Swazi elections

The fact that only one of the 55 elected seats in Swaziland’s parliament was won by a woman exposes the inefficiency – and inequality – of a system that places the burden getting elected solely on individuals. Indeed, the sole female winner, Esther Dlamini, described this year’s contest as the most difficult she has been participated in and said she was not willing to enter the race in 2018.


Blaming the San for cyanide slaughter

More than 100 elephants have now died from cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe’s vast Hwange National Park – and more carcasses are still being discovered in the bush. It is a shocking story.


Bleak future for San youth

The San are among the most marginalised groups in southern Africa. Excluded and discriminated against at almost every turn, San youth face a host of obstacles to a brighter future:

Access to Education


Angola's transsexual UN ambassador

In a bold move, UNAIDS has gone ahead with a long-mooted plan to make Angola’s transsexual Kuduro star one of its goodwill ambassadors.


Khama's megaphone diplomacy

Not so long ago, Botswana favoured what is known in the diplomatic circles as ‘silent diplomacy’ over ‘megaphone diplomacy’. Although the policy is unwritten the government believed that it was better to carefully engage countries discreetly and constructively without causing unnecessary noise and injuring the egos of other countries.


Women steering innovative leadership

Urgent Action Fund Africa and her partners, including the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa hosted the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference from 9-11 September in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe – bringing together 250 delegates to discuss critical issues such as Africa’s development, feminist leadership for social justice and decision making, and thought leadership and development.


Inspired to lead

My journey from Botswana to Malawi for the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa went well and was fulfilling. And when we got to the venue, all the delegates were well taken care by the organisers, who were very welcoming and helpful.

I was inspired as I interacted with young and seasoned leaders with abundant empowering knowledge – and by the opportunity to learn more about feminism from diverse groups of people and relate their experiences with the Botswana environment.


Silencing Angola's youth

On the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, Angola invited investors to a business forum. Vice President Manuel Vicente – who remains , the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding ownership of oil shares –



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