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Women Advocacy Group Amplifies Call for Passage of an Affirmative Action Law in Ghana

The calls for Ghana to pass an affirmative Action Law in order to facilitate gender equality and diversity in representation in political processes have become increasingly imperative. Development debates including global economic frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are placing the issue of equal participation in public life as a core concern in the struggle for social justice and ...

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Participation of women in politics and decision-making is a necessity – Hanna Tetteh to Africa

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union, Hanna Tetteh has said for the African continent to develop to the fullest, women have to be recognized, represented and their needs, aspirations and protection adequately considered. The former Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mahama administration said the ...

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ECOWAS meets over Guinea as junta holds more ‘transition’ talks

A meeting is underway in Accra, Ghana by West African bloc ECOWAS to discuss possible steps after Guinea’s president was ousted in coup earlier this month. On Wednesday, the army rulers held talks with the country’s civil society, a day after meeting with politicians and leaders of political parties. ECOWAS already suspended Guinea last week after a special forces commander ...

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Record number of environmental activists murdered

A record number of activists working to protect the environment and land rights were murdered last year, according to a report by a campaign group. 227 people were killed around the world in 2020, the highest number recorded for a second consecutive year, the report from Global Witness said. Almost a third of the murders were reportedly linked to resource ...

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Harvard University to end investment in fossil fuels

Harvard University is ending its investments in fossil fuels, the school’s president said on Thursday, drawing praise from divestment activists who had long pressed the leading university to exit such holdings. In a letter posted on Harvard’s website, President Lawrence Bacow said the school’s endowment had no direct investments in fossil fuel exploration or development companies as of June and ...

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UNICEF trying to reunite evacuated Afghan children with families

UNICEF is trying to reunite hundreds of Afghan children who were separated from their families and evacuated to various countries during the hurried U.S. withdrawal from the country, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Hundreds of children were separated in the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport and UNICEF is trying to get them back together with their families, spokesperson James ...

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PWDs at tollbooths to stage demo over poor working conditions

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) working with the Tolls and Routes Management Limited have served notice to the Ghana Police Service of their intention to embark on a demonstration on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in Accra, to protest poor working conditions. The PWDs intend to express their displeasure and call for instant improvement of work conditions of all PWDs at the ...

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Gender activists mark 17 years of Women’s Manifesto for Ghana

Women rights advocacy organizations led by the Women’s Manifesto Coalition and Abantu for Development on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 marked the 17 years of existence of Women’s Manifesto for Ghana. The event, which was held via Zoom and on the theme ‘“Women’s Manifesto for Ghana: A Legacy for Women’s Rights,” was meant to review, appraise the significance of the document ...

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Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly, UN agency says

The number of disasters, such as floods and heatwaves, driven by climate change have increased fivefold over the past 50 years, killing more than 2 million people and costing $3.64 trillion in total losses, a U.N. agency said on Wednesday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says its “Atlas” is the most comprehensive review of mortality and economic losses from weather, ...

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Corruption fight not about resourcing anti-graft agencies

Dr. Kojo Asante, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) says the government’s mantra of resourcing state institutions to fight corruption has largely been problematic due to the absence of corresponding results. He argues that, although giving the agencies the needed support is good, he said the deep-rooted levels of corruption which continue ...

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