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Tanzania’s Women in Resistance

Brielle Morgan Feb. 12 In January I filed a story about resistance to gender-based violence in Tanzania. Reporting the story was a..

March 19, 2014 with 0 Comments

Drama for development: Community theatre creating awareness on human rights

ACCRA- Nii Kwartelai Quartey is a student at the University of Ghana, a human rights activist and a playwright. As I sit chatting with him..

January 27, 2014 with 0 Comments

Female students in Ghana find empowerment through entrepreneurship

  At the age of 18 Gloria Buckman Yankson walked into a job interview determined to make a good impression.  Twenty minutes later,..

January 26, 2014 with 0 Comments

Press Freedom in the East African Community: 2013 Rankings

By Rosella Chibambo

December 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Tanzanian sex workers face violence and stigma

By Rosella Chibambo

December 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Challenges to press freedom in Tanzania: a primer

While Tanzania is not the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist, there are serious, and sometimes deadly, challenges to..

December 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tanzania celebrates independence and Madiba

By: Roohi Sahajpal DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania marked its 52nd Independence Day in Dar es Salaam on Monday with celebrations and a..

December 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

How Tanzania is failing its students

By: Brielle Morgan Every November in Tanzania, hundreds of thousands of Form Four (or Grade Ten) students make millions of tiny pencil..

November 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Politics and policing are World Cup worries when Ghana faces Egypt in Cairo

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA- With the final African World Cup qualifying match between the Ghana Black Stars and Egypt Pharaohs set to..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Alternative access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence

By: Rosella Chibambo MWANZA – At a chance meeting in a hotel lounge in Mwanza, a local lawyer had this to say about human rights..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Child trafficking victims left behind in Tanzania

            By: Roohi Sahajpal Dar es Salaam – I’m greeted at the gate of The Daughters of Mary..

November 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

The right to play in Accra

ACCRA – There are few old people in Ghana. There aren’t many wrinkles to be seen, no grey hair on heads. The streets are teeming..

October 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Access to education for Tanzanians with Albinism: Mahenda Kulwa’s new beginning

By Rosella Chibambo MWANZA, Tanzania – It was the day before the first day of school when Mahenda Kulwa introduced himself. The..

October 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

Corruption: an endemic feature of Tanzanian society

According to a recent survey conducted by Transparency International, one in four people have paid a bribe to a public body in the last..

September 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

The many faces of Tanzania

The temperature was stifling, as most afternoons in Tanzania tend to be. I looked up for some relief and sure enough the ceiling fan was..

September 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Rainy season comes to Accra

by Jocelyn Edwards It’s rainy season in Accra which, if you haven’t been to Africa, is a fact that might seem incidental to the..

June 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

“In Ghana, we talk, not fight”- Supreme court battle reveals strength of democracy in Ghana

by Jocelyn Edwards It’s just before noon in Accra, Ghana, and people are starting to filter into restaurants and cafes for lunch. But..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

The rising cost of safe transportation in Dar es Salaam

by Ashley Koen Let me describe for you a typical daily experience using the public transit system in Dar es Salaam. At any given time, any..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

National campaign seeks to stamp out corruption

by Nicole Baute We were in Ghana for a few minutes before being asked to pay a bribe. At the Accra airport at night, a bit stunned by the..

May 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Oral culture thrives in Ghana

By Nicole Baute “I’m talking to you and you don’t give me an answer!” In Accra, this is a big mistake. The woman must have been in..

May 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nancholi Youth Organization Video

During the month of May I organized a video workshop with Malawi Instute of journalism students. This video was filmed and edited  with..

July 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

Zen and Goats: Last impressions of the little things in Tamale

I checked my phone – 9:30am. Half an hour had passed since my last meeting in Tamale was due to start. No sign of the big boss...

July 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

Empowering Malawian women one seed at a time

Across Malawi, 5000 women have been trained by Annie Bonomali, a mother of six who’s been involved in making products such as soap, jam..

June 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

Experiencing the “real” Malawi: A media development journey in Nancholi.

  A month ago I was approached by George Nedi, projects coordinator at the Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO), to produce a short..

June 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

Queuing for treatment: “In Malawi if you’re diagnosed with cancer, you die”

Being one of the 24 countries with no radiotherapy machine and limited access to medications, Malawi’s health care system has very little..

May 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fighting for the front page: The challenges of environmental reporting in Malawi

In Malawi, parliamentary proceedings and political scandals dominate the headlines and radio waves.  Whether it is a mere press conference..

May 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s motion pictures to contribute to economic development?

“Very few people look at the film industry as a business here in Malawi”, said Shemu Joyah, the director of the film Seasons of a life,..

May 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Why we do what we do: rights media in Northern Ghana.

“Always leave your office door open, because you never know who will walk in,” a kernel of wisdom from my father that has always stuck..

April 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian women march to promote peaceful elections

An audio slideshow of 40 women marching for peaceful elections in Tamale, Ghana On International Women’s Day, 40 women in Tamale, Ghana..

March 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Linking farmers to markets one SMS at a time

For smallholder farmers across Malawi, crop production is merely half of the battle. The real challenge comes postharvest, when the race..

March 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

The road to abolishing Malawi's death row

Malawi’s Legal Aid volunteers sift through a pile of files of those on death row. They are doing everything they can to abolish the death..

March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

The road to abolishing Malawi’s death row

Malawi’s Legal Aid volunteers sift through a pile of files of those on death row. They are doing everything they can to abolish the death..

March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

Miss Real African beauty pageant: A women empowerment controversy

“A real African woman has to be a big, full figured, confident and responsible woman.” This is what pageant coordinator Florence..

February 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Tamale’s rights media crusader: The story of Joseph Ziem

Choosing a pen and paper over a bow and arrow, Joseph Ziem is the Robin Hood of Ghanaian rights media. “When I see something wrong, I..

February 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

North-South Inequality Drives Migration to Slums

My cab ride to Ghana’s biggest slum cost me an extra Cedi. “I don’t normally go that route, those people cause lots of problems,”..

February 12, 2012 with 1 Comment

A Silent Shout: Marital Abuse in Ghana

Flashy, kitsch and heinously dubbed – soap operas are the window of entertaining escape from the day to day in Ghana. In an episode I..

February 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fueling up without queuing up: Thoughts on the future of social media in Malawi

After three years of living with chronic petrol shortages, most Malawians have developed strategies for fueling up without queuing up...

February 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fuel hunting in Malawi

“There is fuel in Monkey Bay!” a text message reads. A game of telephone quickly transpires. “Get there quick! No queues! Will be out..

January 31, 2012 with 1 Comment

Political Experts Debate Need for "African Spring"

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Political Experts Debate Need for “African Spring”

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

This mountain I'm climbing down

As I sat in Toronto’s Pearson airport five months ago getting ready to board the first of three flights to Malawi, I got an email..

December 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

This mountain I’m climbing down

As I sat in Toronto’s Pearson airport five months ago getting ready to board the first of three flights to Malawi, I got an email..

December 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

Dumping grounds fast becoming residential areas – but without the clean-up

By Nina Lex, Timothy Banda, Arthur Cola Mvuta, and Glitter Ndovi A garbage filled river outside Blantyre’s main market. Photo by Nina..

December 12, 2011 with 1 Comment

Toronto Star's Chair of the Board Visits Ghana

Newspapers are intended to deliver information, educate the public and beyond that – bring community together. This is what former..

November 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Toronto Star’s Chair of the Board Visits Ghana

Newspapers are intended to deliver information, educate the public and beyond that – bring community together. This is what former..

November 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

The Road to Wli

The view was absolutely worth the climb. In early November, a group of 6 of us set out to take on Wli Waterfall- perhaps the most sought..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

The elephant in the room

I started the day by losing my phone. We hadn’t been over the Botswana border 5 minutes when from the back seat of our safari jeep I..

November 6, 2011 with 0 Comments

Lake of Stars music festival “the biggest and best so far”

Just last month, the shores of Lake Malawi filled with thousands of barefooted festival-goers from around world as the eighth annual Lake..

November 3, 2011 with 1 Comment

Suicide and shame in Malawi

As I walked to work, the headlines of Malawi’s daily papers caught my eye: “Poly Student Commits Suicide.” I stopped mid-step,..

October 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s vaccines controversy

The topic of immunization is often controversial – but in Malawi, it can be deadly as parents refuse their children access to vaccines...

October 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Journalism students in Ghana use their skills to make change for refugees

On July 15th, 2011 a group of 10 journalism students from Ghana presented a body of work, including a radio feature, print articles and a..

October 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

Thanksgiving in Ghana

Our Thanksgiving adventure began with a three hour trip to the one place we figured we could get a turkey – Shoprite. This meant hoping..

October 22, 2011 with 1 Comment

JHR-AUCC Chapter Holds Official Executive Handing Over Ceremony

As the start of classes drew closer at the African University College of Communications, members of the Journalists for Human Rights School..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Rotary Launches Road Safety Campaign in Accra

The Rotary Club of Accra-Labone in partnership with the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing bureaux have..

October 20, 2011

Finding God In Ghana

I was already sweating as I darted through the path of cars and tro-tros whizzing down Labadi Beach Road. I was in an appreciative mood..

October 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Just winging it: a Canadian Thanksgiving in Malawi

Thanksgiving is arguably my favourite holiday. My mum roasts a turkey with all the fixings and my dad pours the wine, while my sister and I..

October 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

What’s yours is mine: property grabbing in Malawi

By Ali Schofield, with contributions from Mphatso Mwanvani, Ivory Kalemera and Clement Msiska Imagine you are a woman whose husband has..

October 12, 2011 with 0 Comments

Biking as a Tool of Female Empowerment

In Ghana’s northern regions bicycles are used as a necessary means of transportation, but in the capital city of Accra, this is not..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Commuters Crash

The evening was dark and the air crisp as we embarked on our journey to Accra from Ghana’s Western Region. It was not much past 7:00..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

White Wedding.

I was asked to be a part of a wedding purely based on my skin colour. A teacher at the AUCC; the dean of social science, Osei Piesie..

September 19, 2011 with 1 Comment

God’s word in Malawi

In Malawi, God’s word is everywhere. Minibuses have “Fear God” scrolled across their hoods, salons signs are painted with “God is..

September 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

From the mouths of Malawians

From my past travel experiences I’ve learned that the best way to ease the stress that culture shock can bring is to first tackle the..

September 5, 2011 with 1 Comment

Ghanaian Journalism Students Reporting field-trip to the Krisan Refugee Camp.

In May 2011, journalists for human rights educational officer Robin Pierro helped organize a reporting field trip with students from the..

August 31, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s Vice President speaks out about protests

Seated on the porch of her state residence in Blantyre, Malawi’s first female Vice President, Joyce  Banda, wraps a thick, white shawl..

August 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

From intention to interpretation

On the roof of our guesthouse in Kokemlemle, we sit and enjoy the African breeze that comes with the setting of the sun beginning around..

August 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Theatre for the common good

Overwhelmed by the heat in her house, a Malawian mother moves the charcoal fire she is cooking on from her kitchen to the yard. Leaving the..

August 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

Flash from the past

Behind a set of imposing wooden doors and in a building teeming with antiquity, lies an invaluable collection of historical documents:..

August 12, 2011 with 0 Comments

So, we have moved to Africa

Each time one moves they must adapt to a new culture of some sort – changing neighbourhoods, towns, cities, provinces, states –..

August 11, 2011 with 1 Comment

Malawi: reverting back to dictatorial roots?

I arrived in Malawi three weeks ago – just in time to see ‘the warm heart of Africa’ break into chaos. Violent protests swept..

August 3, 2011 with 0 Comments

Student radio program debuts on MIJ FM

On July 3, 2011, Neighborhood Watch, a student-run radio show, was proudly launched on MIJ FM in Blantyre. The bilingual (English-Chichewa)..

August 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Universal Access to Education Not For All in Ghana

By Dennis Moot and Laura Bain By His Grace International School is a typical school found in the Accra slum community Old Fadama-a small,..

July 8, 2011 with 0 Comments

MIJ students visit youth rights group

On March 23 2011, five journalism students from the Malawi Institute of Journalism visited a youth center run by Active Youth in Social..

July 1, 2011 with 0 Comments

Talent Show for Human Rights

In front of the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), two parents prevent their child from going to school. While the child is consumed in..

June 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

AUCC and jhr pair up for human rights doc screening in Accra

The Journalists for Human Rights (jhr) chapter at the African University College of Communications (AUCC) kicked off the second semester..

June 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Children in charge

Chikondi is crying again. She’s terrified of my camera lens—and of me, for that matter. Her brother’s broad hands land on her..

June 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

A word from Ghana's oldest jhr university chapter

Text by Jenny Vaughan, audio by Angela Johnston Jhr and Ghana go a long way back. We started working in the West African country in 2003..

June 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

A word from Ghana’s oldest jhr university chapter

Text by Jenny Vaughan, audio by Angela Johnston Jhr and Ghana go a long way back. We started working in the West African country in 2003..

June 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Scrap dealers and health hazards: Welcome to Korle Lagoon Ghana

This article originally appeared in Faces of Old Fadama, a magazine produced by students at the African University College of..

June 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

Where village life meets suburbia

In the northern village of Chako Ntchako, Chimphamba Kataghala guides me from one relative’s house to another as we do the customary..

June 7, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghana going online: The true gods of fraud

If you’ve ever received an email request for your bank information from someone who claims to have inherited a $20 million estate and..

May 30, 2011 with 1 Comment

The plight of the condom

“Nyimbo imodzi sachezelela gule.” (One song won’t keep you dancing throughout the night.) As this Malawian proverb suggests, just one..

May 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Deforestation on Malawi’s Mulanje mountain

“Why am I doing this again?” I ask myself as I stand at the bottom of Malawi’s Mulanje mountain, staring up at my pinprick..

May 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Deforestation on Malawi's Mulanje mountain

“Why am I doing this again?” I ask myself as I stand at the bottom of Malawi’s Mulanje mountain, staring up at my pinprick..

May 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

A royal row

The bride has finally arrived. In one swift movement, she slips out of a Rolls-Royce and gingerly readjusts her dress. It’s the moment..

May 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Donated dress and a struggling industry

By Angela Pereira It’s Saturday morning in Blantyre and I’m on a treasure hunt. At the city market, I meticulously pick through a mound..

May 13, 2011 with 0 Comments

Yes they can: Obama Biscuits employs autistic adults in Accra

> Video and Text by Robin Pierro Nortey Quaynor sits at his station in Accra’s United Biscuits factory. His hands move swiftly sealing..

May 12, 2011 with 3 Comments

Malawi’s urban squeeze

Walking around Blantyre, one of Malawi’s largest cities, is a relaxing endeavour. You can traverse its downtown core in only 30 minutes,..

March 25, 2011 with 1 Comment

Malawi's urban squeeze

Walking around Blantyre, one of Malawi’s largest cities, is a relaxing endeavour. You can traverse its downtown core in only 30 minutes,..

March 25, 2011 with 1 Comment

The power of youth in Bawku

It’s a job Majeed Issah will never forget—seeing patients suffering from gunshot, machete and burn wounds at the Bawky Hospital in..

March 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

Stone ‘babies’ and fertility shame

On a cool July evening in Malawi in 2009, 20-year-old Agnes Musolo went into labor. She was only 24 weeks pregnant and, after having..

March 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

The price of love

You’re bound to come across a wedding in Ghana on a weekly basis. Weddings here are similar to what you’d expect in Canada—a church..

March 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

A closer look at the ‘grassroots’

Once a week, about 80 men, women, and youth throng the streets of Nkolokoti, an area just outside Blantyre. By sweeping the roadsides,..

March 8, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s national addiction

“There’s no food if there’s no nsima.” Or so I learned from a former colleague as he stared disapprovingly at my grilled cheese..

March 1, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi's national addiction

“There’s no food if there’s no nsima.” Or so I learned from a former colleague as he stared disapprovingly at my grilled cheese..

March 1, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghana revisited

“I like the way you talk to me,” says Brian, one of the many young street hawkers lining Oxford Street, Accra’s main drag, as I turn..

February 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Meet our new interns in Ghana and Malawi

In January 2011, Journalists for Human Rights sent 10 Canadian journalists to Ghana and Malawi, where they will spend the next six months..

February 8, 2011 with 1 Comment

Africa’s mobile revolution

I’m wedged between a rather sweaty man and the greasy window of a bus heading from Tamale to Nalerigu in northern Ghana. I’m going to..

January 24, 2011 with 1 Comment

Does Size Really Matter?

“I like your shirt,” I say to a student after her visit to the jhr office at the Malawi Institute of Journalism. “Thanks,” she says..

December 2, 2010 with 1 Comment

Turning into a Hypochondriac in Malawi

The H1N1 Virus hit Canada just before I traveled to Uganda last summer and my younger brother pointed out the supposed irony of “going to..

December 1, 2010 with 0 Comments

So You Think you Can Gota

Ball, heel. Ball, heel, I tell myself. I glance at a woman shuffling around the circle of people in front of me. Then I glance behind me at..

December 1, 2010 with 1 Comment
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