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Violence against women must stop; five stories of strength and survival

Conflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing climate-related disasters have led to higher levels of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing into sharp focus the urgent need to stem the scourge. Globally, nearly one-in-three women have experienced violence, with crises driving the numbers even higher. Gender-based violence (GBV), the most pervasive violation of ...

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5 takeaways from Mahama’s ‘Thank Ghana Address’

Former President John Mahama on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, climaxed his ‘Thank-you’ tour of the country with an address to Ghanaians dubbed: #ThankGhanaAddress. It was held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra. The former President touched on a number of issues on the economy, job creation, security, digitalization among others. Lessons from 2020 polls  The former president started ...

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Africa: Covid-19 Aid Falling Short

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for African governments to strengthen social protection systems and fulfill people’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, Human Rights Watch said. Many African governments introduced measures like cash transfers and food assistance in response to the rising poverty and hunger occasioned by the pandemic, but most households received no support. The ...

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Tackling Ghana’s Mental Health Challenges in an Unequal World

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a devastating blow on people living with psychosocial disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. Services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have also been significantly disrupted in many countries. ...

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Rules, Rights and Rastafarians

Over the last week or so, many opinions have been expressed about Achimota School’s decision to prevent two Rastafarian high school students from attending classes due to their dreadlocks. Though this is not the first time in Ghana that children with dreadlocks have been told to cut them off to be permitted to attend school, it is the first such ...

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Ten years on, Libyan revolutionaries live with wounds and unfulfilled dreams

As revolution swept their region in 2011, three young Libyans joined mass protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule. They now live divided by Libya’s frontlines, their futures irrevocably shaped by the uprising. The first demonstrations against Gaddafi’s rule began in the eastern city of Benghazi on Feb. 17, 2011. A decade on, Libya is still split between rival factions, and ...

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Time to rethink licensing Rounds for Africa’s Oil and Gas-Producing Countries

While the details vary by country, the licensing round process has, in general, become too prone to delays and uncertainty. In late 2019, as the African oil and gas industry was looking to the future with optimism, Offshore Engineer wrote that the continent had reason to expect a “more productive 2020.” Instead, the unforeseen happened, and the COVID-19 pandemic had ...

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School Reopening, Children with Special Needs and Matters arising

Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education

The announcement by President Akufo-Addo to reopen schools on 15th of January, 2021 was received with mixed feelings. A day after the announcement, I monitored on social media platforms, some parents expressing excitement that the children were going back to school after staying home for nine months, some said the children were mingling with other children anyway and it didn’t ...

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Gas to Transform Africa

Africa has already made an indelible mark in the oil industry. It is home to four of the world’s top 20 crude oil producers — Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, and Libya — and these same four countries also have some of the largest oil reserves in the world. So far, it hasn’t made quite as much of a splash in the ...

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Why Ghana needs a new financial sector regulation architecture

Ghana’s financial sector is in crisis. A crisis occasioned by the collapse of over 300 financial institutions; and which has affected every division of the financial sector. Universal banks, savings and loans companies, microfinance companies, capital market institutions, and insurance companies have been impacted. While majority of the collapsed institutions were licensed and regulated, a few were unlicensed and ought ...

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