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ENSURING WOMEN’S SAFETY: THE CASE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE


Tuesday, January 29th, 2013  

According to Wikipedia, “sexual violence occurs throughout the world, although in most countries there has been little research

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conducted on the problem. Due to the private nature of sexual violence, estimating the extent of the problem is difficult. Research in South Africa and Tanzania suggests that nearly one in four women may experience sexual violence by an intimate partner, and up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced”.

Sexual violence is any sexual act that is perpetrated on a person against their will.  It encompasses a range of offences, including a completed non-consensual sex act (i.e. rape), an attempted non-consensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e. unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g. threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment).  The most common incident of sexual violence is rape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(See  http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/definitions.html)

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That awkward moment


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013  

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#thatawkwardmoment is a trending topic the on social media networks, most especially twitter, these days. It is most amusing to see the things we, young people, come up with. Now, any time something ridiculous or embarrassing happens, my first impulse is to update my blackberry personal message or tell the world of twitter ‘what’s happening.’ So when I heard about the Farook Lawan saga, the first thing that came to mind was #thatawkwardmoment when Farook Lawan got caught stuffing bills into his cap.

I absorb with dismay the indignation of most people whenever they talk about the Farook Lawan saga. So intoxicating is their hate towards the man who abused his office so he could enrich himself Nigerian and even more intoxicating is their piety whenever they pass judgement on him. I won’t deny that I was once one of them.

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Kick Racism out of Football


Tuesday, January 15th, 2013  

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It was February 2006 and the stage was set. Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain was the place, and there promised to be a very interesting football match in a clash between Barcelona FC and Real Zaragoza. What began as a typical football match took a grim turn when the crowd greeted one of the most decorated black players, Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, with ape-like sounds. They overlooked all his worth, chanted ‘monkey’, and tossed banana peels. In response, Eto’o began the first open protest against racism, when he attempted to leave the pitch. Although he was restrained by his teammates, I asked myself, who in their right mind would sensibly discriminate between Eto’o and Beckham, Ronaldo, Shevchenko, Rooney and Drogba, Figo and Henry, Radebe and Maradona, Beckenbauer and Pele?

In an interview with CNN, Eto’o said “I was leaving the field and if it wasn’t for Rijkard, my teammates and the referee, I would have done it. In that moment, you start to think whether there is something wrong with being black, you know?”

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Pollution and Development in Beijing


Monday, January 14th, 2013  


When the Law has No Power: The “Corrective Rape” Situation in South Africa


Thursday, January 10th, 2013  

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South Africa has long been celebrated as the “Rainbow nation” because of her plurality and diversity. And, although South Africa was the first country to grant constitutional recognition to the protection of the rights of homosexuals, there appears to be a wide gulf between law and practice in this “progressive” state.

In recent times, there have been several cases of what has been termed “corrective rape” or “curative rape”. This refers to a situation where women who have sex with women (WSW) are sexually and brutally ‘punished’ by men for being gay and violating traditional gender presentation. Not long ago, on May 4, 2011, a 13 year old girl was raped near Pretoria, South Africa, because of her sexual orientation.  According to the young victim, her assailant told her he was “curing” her of lesbianism. This is just one of the many attacks on the dignity and bodily integrity of lesbian women. It is worth noting that such incidents of violence against WSW are not peculiar to South Africa but have also occurred in other African states like Zimbabwe and Uganda, as well as in Jamaica.

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British Union and Devolution in Northern Ireland


Saturday, January 5th, 2013  


NIGERIA AND THE PROBLEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY


Thursday, January 3rd, 2013  

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It is true that every word has its own separate and distinct meaning; it is also true that a word may be redefined or its meaning reinvented by the accepted usage in a particular locality. This is why it is not surprising that most people would refer to all brands of noodles as ‘indomie’, regardless of the names of specific brands. However, I am concerned not with the different varieties of noodles, but with the word ‘accountability’ and the variance between the original meaning and the Nigerian customary or conventional definition.

The English word, ‘accountable’ simply means “to be called to be responsible for one’s actions; answerability”. Accountability is frequently referred to as an account-giving relationship existing between two parties. In governance, accountability is blame-worthiness and responsibility.

It is only conventional and customary that in a society, people in positions of authority or those in privileged positions are held accountable for their actions, in an effort to prevent chaos and disorder. These people, whether selected or elected, are expected to be answerable for their actions.

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