Archive for November 16th, 2020


In Brazil’s First Elections under Bolsonaro, Black Women Are Fighting Back

By Bruna Pereira and Macarena Aguilar*

Black women are mobilising to win seats at the table in this month’s municipal elections – amid death threats and COVID-19 restrictions. Português. Español.

Taina Rosa (left) and Lauana Nara, candidates in this week’s municipal elections, want more Black women in office. | Credit: Dokttor Bhu Bhu and Allan Calisto

13 November 2020 (openDemocracy)* — “When she was murdered, the Black women’s movement dealt with this collective trauma by turning it into institutional political action,” says Ana Carolina Lourenço, co-founder of Mulheres Negras Decidem (Black Women Decide).

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African Languages Matter: Is There Still Time to Prevent Cultural Genocide?

Human Wrongs Watch


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Nov 16 2020 (IPS)* – As a 10 year-old newly arrived in Lagos from England, I recall listening intently to how the Yoruba language – my father’s language – was spoken. I would constantly repeat in my head or verbally repeat what I thought I had heard. I was not always successful. Many times, what would come out of my mouth would throw my friends into fits of laughter.

Victor Oladokun

Yoruba is a tonal language. Some three-letter words pronounced wrongly or with the accent on the wrong syllable, can get you into a whole lot of trouble.

I am indebted to the Canadian Catholic boarding School I attended in Ondo – St. Joseph’s College. At the time, the high school was well known for academic rigor and discipline.

But one thing I’ve come to really appreciate over the years, was the mandatory learning of the Yoruba language in the first two years of a five-year study. In addition, while Mass was in Latin and English, the music also had a generous sprinkling of uplifting Yoruba hymns backed by traditional drums.

As I look back, I owe my love of the Yoruba language to this cultural exposure.

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Why a Toilet Is a Life Saver

A woman fetches water

(United Nations)* — Over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation and around 297,000 children under five – more than 800 every day – die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor hygiene, poor sanitation or unsafe drinking water.

Without safely managed, sustainable sanitation, people often have no choice but to use unreliable, inadequate toilets or practise open defecation.

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Sanitation and Climate Change – World Toilet Day

Eriam Sheikh,7 year old comes out after using the toilet on stilts or floating toilet built over a drain passing by Rafiq Nagar in Mumbai. PHOTO:UN Water

16 November 2020 (United Nations)* — World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

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A Deep Dive into Zero Hunger: Farming the Seas

15 November 2020 (UN News)*With the world population expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, food production will need to keep pace, and experts believe the Ocean can provide much of the sustenance we need. The second story in our two-part series on aquaculture focuses on the opportunities for significantly scaling up fish farming.
© FAO/Amine Landoulsi | FAO is helping to create sustainable livelihoods for female clam collectors in Tunisia.
Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of the fastest growing food-production sectors in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reaching an all-time record high of 114.5 million tonnes in 2018.
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