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Optimism for More Chibok girls’ Release

Negotiation was on-going with Nigeria's Boko Haram group for the release of remaining Chibok girls in captivity, a senior official said on Sunday.

At a thanksgiving service organised for the freed girls in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said the release of the 21 Chibok girls "is only a first step in what we believe will be a total liberation of all the girls."

"This is just the beginning and we are very optimistic that another batch, bigger than this will be released to us soon," Mohammed said.

​ANC Conducted A 'Ruthless People's War' – SAIIR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that during the last decade of the struggle in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) wanted hegemony over the country.
 
SAIRR head of policy research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, point out that the ANC has always depicted its liberation struggle as a just war, fought by just means.
 

Call to Enforce Laws to Protect Women

The United Nations (UN) official driving the global women’s agenda has called on countries to ensure that laws enacted to protect women and girls are enforceable with strict consequences.

UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, points out that, “We will address complete access to education in all countries for girls.”

One in three women across the globe still face forms of sexual and physical violence, something she hopes will be drastically reduced as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tutu Leads Swazi Rights Reform Crusade

Nobel peace laureate, Desmond Tutu, and a raft of human rights organisations have signed an open letter demanding reforms from Swaziland's King Mswati III, denouncing arbitrary arrests and prosecutions.

In a letter whose authenticity a Tutu spokesman confirmed, those involved say, "We write to express our concern about the state of freedom of expression, judicial independence, and the rule of law in the Kingdom of Swaziland."

NGO Likely to Back a Political Party

The political Abahlali baseMjondolo is considering backing a political party for the first time since 2006, but their clout comes at a price.

For the first time since 2006, the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, is not staging a ‘no land, no house, no vote’ campaign as it has done for several editions of UnFreedom Day – an unofficial South African holiday – that it commemorates each year on 28 April 2014.

Education Breaks Inequality, Poverty – Marcus

South African Reserve Bank governor, Gill Marcus, believes quality public education is necessary to address the problems of inequality and poverty.

Marcus points out that, "Public education of the highest standard for all children is critical for democracy to flourish, and was integral to the liberation struggle, as lack of education is the greatest exclusion there can be."

Freedom of Expression Institute: Researcher

The Freedom of Expression Institute is a nonprofit, non-governmental organisation which was established in 1994 to protect and foster the rights to freedom of expression. In this, the Institute supports the right of equal access to information and knowledge, promotes the right to protest, assembly and gathering, advocates for a free media environment and opposes censorship in all forms.

The Freedom of Expression Institute seeks to appoint a Researcher, based in Richmond, Johannesburg.

South Africa Turns 21, But Does it Really Hold the Key to Freedom’?

In South Africa, it is a commonplace to receive a ‘Key to Freedom’ on your 21st birthday. To the recipient, it signifies entry into adulthood and with it the autonomy and ‘freedom’ to forge an independent path. For the parents who bestow this key, it is a conferring of trust in their child to accept the mantle of adulthood with maturity.

On 27 April 2015, democratic South Africa commemorated its 21st anniversary, thereby marking its transition into ‘adulthood’.

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