Gango Edition 32: ZANU PF violence, Africa Day, Disability discourse

ZANU PF violence, #AfricaDay2017, Disability discourse
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If conflict is normalised has Ubuntu disappeared?

Marxist argues that individuals and groups (social classes) within society have differing amounts of material and non-material resources (such as the wealthy and the poor) and that the more powerful groups use their power in order to exploit groups with less power. Nziramasanga (1999) says ubuntu, hunhu is humanness in the fullest and noblest sense. 

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Africa Day 2017: Empowering African Youths Critical for the Development of the Continent

Organizing for Zimbabwe (O4Z) Trust joins the rest of the continent to celebrate Africa Day. This year’s commemorations are held under the theme: 'Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in the youth.'

On this day we salute the selfless sacrifice and commitments made by the African people and their leadership, (living and departed) in ridding the continent of slavery, colonialism and apartheid in an endeavor to make Africa a better continent for all who live on it.

This year’s commemorations however came at a time Africa is struggling from a mirage of challenges ranging from poverty, terrorism, corruption, election irregularities and violation of constitutions, all which hinder progress and development in the continent.

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STORIFY:Violence in ZANU-PF Structures: Will 2018 Elections be Free and Fair?

Zimbabwe will be heading for yet another election in 2018. As political parties are busy restructuring and canvassing for votes, all is not well in ZANU-PF camp as violence is being used to cajole voters. The recent violence at the Zanu PF meeting in Bulawayo is very disturbing especially given the fact that it came at a time the nation is...

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Video of the Week

VIDEO: Menstruation-The untold story of rural women

This video is testimonial of how young girls in Chisumbanje, Chipinge and others in rural Zimbabwe experience hell during their menstruation period. To them menstruation is a nightmare. They can not afford sanitary pads or cotton wool, hence they resort to unsafe methods such as using old rags, cow dung and leaves which are a threat to their health.

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PODCAST: Menstruation : The Untold Story of Rural Girls

This audio is testimonial of how young girls in Chisumbanje, Chipinge and others in rural Zimbabwe encounter hell during their monthly menstrual cycle period. To them monthly cycle is a nightmare. They can't bear the cost of sanitary pads or cotton wool. Consequently, they fall back on dangerous strategies, for example, making use of old rags, cow dung and leave which are a risk to their wellbeing. O4Z is of the view that sanitary pads ought to be given out for nothing particularly in schools. This testimonial ought to challenge the legislature into making a move.

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Community Organization Profile

Network for Empowerment of Women and Girls (NEWaG)

Network for Empowerment of Women and Girls (NEWaG) is young women led community based organisation that seeks to empower young women and girls in rural areas through supporting and equipping them with life skills information and resources. The organisation was founded in 2015 and operates in and around Masvingo Province, particularly in the rural areas.

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Communities in Action

WoDAZ enhancing lives through the Asithuthukeni project

WODAZ, a community organization based in Gwanda has established the Asithuthukeni Goat Rearing project aimed at unlocking the financial barriers of women and widen their access to business opportunities, resources and income in order for them to avert the financial dependency to sustain their livelihoods which expose them to domestic violence.
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Africa in Focus

Gambian Authorities Seize Ex-President Jammeh's Bank Accounts

Gambia's justice minister has claimed that former leader Yahya Jammeh stole around $50 million from state coffers via a state telecoms company. Jammeh was forced to step down in January after 22 years in power.

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Feature

Africa Day 2017: Context, Consciousness, Action (Not Dividends)

Africa Day is perhaps the most politically conscious of all of the continent’s public or commemorative days. On its own, before we even analyse what African countries, their leaders and others have done over the 54 years that have lapsed since the formation of the liberation struggle oriented Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

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Young Entrepreneurs Should Cultivate the Correct Mindset In order To Achieve Their Full Potential

Is it true that youths in Japan or China are more gifted than their African counterparts? Do we need to send our youths to Europe and America for them to reach their fullest potential in business? Entrepreneurship is a culture that calls for persistence not a pick and drop attribute. Most youths in our country fail to reach greater heights because they have a deficit of the entrepreneurial mindset, a mindset that offers a refreshingly practical blue print for thinking and acting in environments that are fast-paced, rapidly changing and highly uncertain. This should also be supported by an enabling political and socio-economic environment.

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Disability Discourse, When the Activist Barks up the Wrong Tree:

The last few months have got me thinking whether I’ve been misdirecting my disappointment when the man or woman in the street calls me “bofu” or chirema”, loosely translating to blind man or cripple. I’ve always thought that we need to bring society up to speed with better and more respectful terms of referring to someone like me who has a visual impairment and have felt that it is out of ignorance that such terms as bofu, chirema, mbeveve or matsi are used referring to someone who has a visual, physical, speech or hearing impairment respectively.

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Opportunities

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Internship – ‘Land and Corruption in Africa’ Programme

 Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. In collaboration with more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

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Apply Today to Report on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Africa, International Reporting Project

About this Fellowship

The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on issues related to peacebuilding and conflict resolution across the African continent.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST on Friday, June 30, 2017.

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Applications Open for OFID Development Leaders Scholarship 2017

Deadline: 20 June 2017

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is seeking applications for its Development Leaders Scholarship 2017 to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade.

This year OFID will sponsor 16 young leaders who are active in international development to participate in the One Young World Summit 2017 which takes place in Bogotá, Colombia from 4 – 7 October.

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - FORTY THREE POSITIONS AT THE SADC SECRETARIAT

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) currently has fifteen Member States with a population of approximately 250 million people and a combined GDP of USD 467.3 billion (2006). The overall objective of SADC is to achieve development and economic growth, which is to be attained through increased regional integration, built on democratic principles and equitable and sustainable development.

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University of Maryland Online Course on Global Health

The University of Maryland is offering free online course on Global Health – The Lessons of Ebola. This introductory course, first delivered in September 2016, explores how multidisciplinary teams can work more effectively together to address global health needs.In this six-week course, applicants will become part of the global health community and prepare themselves to join teams providing care. This course will start on May 15, 2017.

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2017-2018 Music Department Scholarships at University of Birmingham, UK

University of Birmingham is offering a wide range of music scholarships of varying value. Scholarships are available for UK, EU and International students applying for postgraduate programmes in Music (research or taught).

In order to apply, applicants must first have completed an application to study.

The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic or ‘redbrick’ university.Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century.

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