Africa

New APC member Rudi International: Working with children who were robbed of their opportunity for development in the DRC
New APC member Rudi International: Working with children who were robbed of their opportunity for development in the DRC 28 August 2018 APCNews

“Rudi” is Swahili for “come back.” It is the story behind how we were born as an organisation. We consider it a privilege to give back and be part of the change we want to see around us. This is how new APC member Rudi International, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), welcomes visitors to their website. Access to education, literacy, health, trauma healing for survivors of gender-based violence, and improved and safe access to information and communications technologies ...

How to use social media for activism
How to use social media for activism 23 August 2018 Nana Darkoa for GenderIT.org

Here are some tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement building. These are learnings from the vocal and active African feminists who have used the internet and social media to amplify their causes. The fact that social media is nominally free to use – and we say nominally because we have to be aware that we provide our data to corporate bodies that own the social media tools, and that data is valuable and is sold to advertisers – makes it an affordable tool f...

Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights
Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights 21 August 2018 Various

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 16 August 2018 Tanzania: Open letter to states for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will be held from...

Zimbabwe: 2018 General elections website blocked
Zimbabwe: 2018 General elections website blocked 14 August 2018 Koliwe Majama

A version of this article was published on Koliwe Majama's blog.  General elections were held on 30 July 2018 in Zimbabwe to elect the President and members of both houses of Parliament. On 1st August, the Electoral Commission released results which showed that the ruling party ZANU-PF had won the majority of seats in parliament. On 3rd August, the Commission ...

Patience Mandishona
Patience Mandishona 09 August 2018

Patience Mandishona is a Zimbabwean feminist based in Harare. As Programmes Officer for JASS ally, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), she worked as a lobbyist and advocate, networking and providing services for the LGBTI community with a primary focus on lesbian and bisexual women. Patience holds a BA in Communication Science, and has been a part of the JASS movement-building initi...

Melaku Girma
Melaku Girma 09 August 2018

Melaku Girma Lemma has more than thirteen years of experience in computer programming, ICT consultancy, university teaching, voluntary community services and business management. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Software Engineering and a Lecturer in the School of Information Science of Addis Ababa University.

"Strengthening capacities in internet governance in Africa" workshop to take place in Abuja
"Strengthening capacities in internet governance in Africa" workshop to take place in Abuja 09 August 2018 APCNews

What are the challenges associated with the growth of the internet, as we reach the "internet of everything"? What are the priorities, gaps and best ways in capacity development in the African region? The ITU Annual Regional Human Capacity Building Workshop on Strengthening Capacities in Internet Governance in Africa will take place in Abuja, 27-29 August 2018, to address pr...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Ethiopia
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Ethiopia 08 August 2018 KeepItOn Coalition

Re: Internet shutdown in Eastern Ethiopia Your Excellency, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet. We have received reports that your government has shut down the internet in Jijiga, Dire Dawa, and Harar cities in Ethiopia. On behalf of the more than 150 organizations from over 50 countries that make up the #KeepitOn Coalition, we implore ...

The Gambia YMCA: "La gente en nuestro país todavía no ha superado el miedo a hablar libremente"
The Gambia YMCA: "La gente en nuestro país todavía no ha superado el miedo a hablar libremente" 03 August 2018 APCNoticias

"La gente en nuestro país todavía no ha superado los 22 años de régimen dictatorial, años de miedo a hablar libremente”. Así describe nuestro último miembro, The Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio, la situación en Gambia, donde se centra su trabajo. Desde su fundación en 1979, The Gambia YMCA trabaja en actividades de desarrollo y juventud, un trabajo que se ha i...

The Gambia YMCA, APC's newest member: "Our people have yet to move away from fear"
The Gambia YMCA, APC's newest member: "Our people have yet to move away from fear" 31 July 2018 APCNews

“Our people are yet to move away from the fear of over 22 years of dictatorial regime, from the fear of openly talking about current affairs or speak their mind." This is how APC's newest member, The Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio, describes the current state of affairs in their country, where they try to effect change with their work. Si...

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