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Women rights activists call for more commitment of govts on SDGs

By Catherine Ageno Thousands of women’s rights activists from across the globe took to the streets of New York on Thursday to demand greater government accountability and commitment to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In global solidarity, hundreds of activists and human rights defenders from across the world including the African Women’s Development & Communications Network, FEMNET marched the streets in New York chanting “rise up, fist up, for system change” and “we are the feminists fighting for justice and liberation”. Speaking at the sidelines of this year’s High Level political Forum on Sustainable Development, FEMNET Executive Director Ms. Memory Kachambwa, decried the state of rising inequalities in the world especially in the global South. “In actual fact, the world …

UN calls for more women involvement in politics

By Ritah Kemigisa. The United Nations has applauded government for maintaining the affirmative action for women but says a lot more still needs to be done if more women are to be involved in politics. The women’s country representative Dr. Maxime Houinato says the number of women in legislative positions is still very low because majority of such positions are non-affirmative. Statistics from the UN Women show that only 36% of the women are cabinet ministers while only 8% have been able to become MP’s under the affirmative action. He however warns that the progress so far made will not be sustainable if the political and policy environment is not favorable.

Sudan’s deposed president Bashir reportedly moved to prison

Sudan’s deposed president Omar al-Bashir has reportedly been moved to Kobar maximum security prison in the capital Khartoum where he is being held in confinement. According to Reuter’s News Agency, since his removal by the military last Thursday, Bashir had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the Defense Ministry. The military ousted Bashir after weeks of protests against his regime that culminated in a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry compound that began on April 6th. Protests are still going on despite his removal, with calls for civilian and not military rule. Related Stories… Uganda ready to offer asylum to Bashir – Oryem Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir ousted and arrested by the …

Dictatorship no longer needed in Africa

By Ritah Kemigisa. Political experts have warned the remaining dictators in Africa to take caution as their days are running out. This follows the takeover of Sudanese government by the army yesterday in what ended President Omar AL- Bashir’s 30 year rule. Analyst Siraje Kifampa says what has happened in Sudan shows that dictatorship no longer has a place in Africa. The new change he says is being flagged by the people who continue demanding for democracy and rule of law to prevail; in their countries. Related Stories………. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir ousted and arrested by the military

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir ousted and arrested by the military

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested by the military after nearly 30 years in power. Speaking on state TV, defence minister Awad Ibn Auf said the army would oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections. He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place. Protesters, however, have vowed to stay on the streets despite an overnight curfew being imposed by the military. Demonstrations against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been taking place for several months. The protesters are now demanding a civilian council to lead the transition rather than a military one. Story by Bbc News.