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Ghana's youth leaders urged to resist inciting violence during 2012 election

Ghana has long been regarded as a beacon of hope in West Africa and the world will be watching in 2012 when it will mark its 20th..

October 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

What to do about Ghana’s witch camps?

The hundreds of women and few men who populate the camps sprinkled throughout Ghana’s Northern region have been branded witches by..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

What to do about Ghana's witch camps?

The hundreds of women and few men who populate the camps sprinkled throughout Ghana’s Northern region have been branded witches by..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Human Rights from an African Perspective

The first time someone told me that I need to start understanding “human rights from an African perspective”, I’ll admit, I was taken..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Social Media and the Power to Create Change In Ghana

“We live in a global society. Whether we like it or not, we’re connected. “ Michelle Newlands – a Canadian intern working for..

October 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

International Mental Health Day: Rewind. Repeat. Play. Stop.

Last week, Ghana commemorated International Mental Health day on October 10th. By the close of the day, parade floats that had been driven..

October 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

Blantyre Market rebuilds with bricks (and a note on negativity)

This simple story of perseverance, self-reliance, and, ultimately, success, isn’t the kind of thing you read about in international..

October 17, 2011

What’s missing in Malawian political cartoons: critical views and a bit of sophistication

Hazwel Kunyenje is a political cartoonist who has spent more than 15 years illustrating articles, editorials and short stories for one of..

October 13, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi abandons tobacco for crop diversification (and food security)

This past season, Henry Tambula saw his farm narrowly avoid financial ruin. “I’ve grown tobacco for 25 years,” he said on the..

October 10, 2011

On their mark: Ramp up to the 2012 Ghanaian Elections

With over a year left before Ghanaians take to the polls and ink their thumbs for the election ballot, major political parties in Ghana are..

October 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Combatting botched abortions in Northern Ghana

On August 4 a teenage girl walked into Ghana’s Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) bleeding from her uterus. She had taken Cytotec, a drug..

September 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

Takoradi’s lost daughters

Night falls fast and dark over downtown Takoradi. Market Circle, the town’s commercial epicentre, is a phantasmagoria of weird shadows..

September 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Takoradi's lost daughters

Night falls fast and dark over downtown Takoradi. Market Circle, the town’s commercial epicentre, is a phantasmagoria of weird shadows..

September 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

The Story of Tomefa

photo by Ekow Anderson, CITI-FM Let me start by telling you a story about two children in a canoe. One evening in 2008, a storm set in over..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

The Secret to Ghana

Historically, Ghana has been pillaged, colonized, and liberated. It has fought, surrendered, freed itself – and today – it..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

The cynic in me gets a slap in the face

Every once and awhile the generosity of strangers can floor you. The community of Fishula is a 15-minute drive outside the bustling..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Big aspirations, small budgets – and disenfranchised mental patients

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health problems are already the fourth leading cause of the global health burden,..

September 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

The story behind Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda’s dedication to women’s empowerment

A favourite inspirational story I’ve enjoyed since arriving in southern Africa is that of Malawi’s vice president, Joyce Banda, and..

September 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s economic crunch hits the media hard

Employees of The Daily Times and other BP&P papers have been laid off as Malawi faces economic difficulties.

September 12, 2011 with 0 Comments

Pounding Fu, or How to Pass a Law in Ghana

It’s a bit like a heartbeat. Around dinner time, a deep and gentle pounding floats over compound walls and is smothered in the din of..

September 8, 2011 with 0 Comments

Pounding Fu, or How to Pass a Law in Ghana

It’s a bit like a heartbeat. Around dinner time, a deep and gentle pounding floats over compound walls and is smothered in the din of..

September 8, 2011 with 1 Comment

Malawi street kids work through struggles with HIV and AIDS

Many Malawian children orphaned and HIV-positive struggle to keep themselves on complicated ARV drug regiments without older family members..

September 7, 2011 with 0 Comments

Canadian-African poets proclaim the power of spoken word in southern Africa

On the mainstage at the Bushfire Festival in Ezulwini, Swaziland, Canadian-African spoken word artists D’bi Young and Croc E Moses..

September 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Does a witch have human rights?

When a young girl was killed in Kasalgu, a tiny village in rural Ghana, no one thought to call the police or hire a lawyer. Instead they..

September 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Monkey business in Northern Ghana

I snapped photos of the setting sun over Ghana’s Mole National Park, not wanting the day to end.  As I turned around I realized I..

September 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Moving up and Moving Out: Oil’s impact on Takoradi

The air was thick with smoke, filling the congested bar with the smell of cigarettes butts and beer. The majority of the crowd was made up..

August 31, 2011 with 0 Comments

Moving up and Moving Out: Oil's impact on Takoradi

The air was thick with smoke, filling the congested bar with the smell of cigarettes butts and beer. The majority of the crowd was made up..

August 31, 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

Plans to “re-patriate” psychiatric patients in Accra facing long delays

It’s a habit Raphael Armah just can’t quit. For the better part of the past decade, Armah has been in and out of Accra’s psychiatric..

August 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Accidental recycling in Malawi

Take a look around Malawi's Blantyre Market and in nearly every direction, you'll see that people have repurposed and are reusing objects..

August 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

For Malawi NGOs, tough times only getting tougher

Today there is a perfect storm working against NGO funding in Malawi.

August 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

South African indie makes waves

Text by Sarah Feldbloom South African indie music has rarely crossed the ocean to North America’s mass markets – but the genre is..

August 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

South African indie makes waves

Text by Sarah Feldbloom South African indie music has rarely crossed the ocean to North America’s mass markets – but the genre is..

August 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

How to make a comeback in Tamale

As we approached her small dress shop housed in a shed by the roadside, Fadila stood tall in her stunning dress and headscarf and welcomed..

August 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

Transforming arms into art in Mozambique

At the world-renowned artist studio Núcleo de Arte in Maputo, Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos recalls a childhood robbed by military..

August 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

Children denied medical treatment in lieu of prayer

By Rhodes Msonkho and Denis Calnan Interpretations of the Bible are keeping some parents in Malawi from accessing medical treatment for..

August 11, 2011 with 1 Comment

Transforming arms into art in Mozambique

At the world-renowned artist studio Núcleo de Arte in Maputo, Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos recalls a childhood robbed by military..

August 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Abuse of police powers exposes ineffectiveness of reform training

By Jane Kaonga and Denis Calnan Maclean Panje scrolls through photos of his nephew, 27-year-old Emmanuel Kafele, on his cell phone. The..

August 6, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawian protesters wanted their say – and didn’t get it

Amid July 20's broken windows, gunshots, and thick plumes of teargas, important issues were lost.

August 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

An Unnecessary Death at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

By Laura Bain and Kwabena Darko Blantyne Agnes Otoo cried for an entire month when her 37-year-old son Franklin Otoo passed away. He..

July 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian national amputee soccer team kicks on

It’s an early-morning soccer practice on a beach in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.  With the shriek of a whistle, players leap into..

July 7, 2011 with 0 Comments

Bringing green to the screen at Accra’s environmental film festival

By Angela Johnston First up is a sci-fi flick from Kenya, set in a future without water. A female scientist desperately attempts to grow a..

July 6, 2011 with 0 Comments

Books to bucks: Literary culture in Malawi

For Malawian authors and their readers, maintaining a literary culture in Malawi is important. “It’s about the need to revere our own..

July 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

Jhr partner Theresa Chapulapula on Malawi's media clampdown

Text and video by Sarah Berman In January 2011, Malawi amended Section 46 of its penal code to limit freedom of the press. The new..

July 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Jhr partner Theresa Chapulapula on Malawi’s media clampdown

Text and video by Sarah Berman In January 2011, Malawi amended Section 46 of its penal code to limit freedom of the press. The new..

July 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

The birth of Insight: Malawi's premier human rights program

In January 2011, jhr intern Denis Calnan set off to Malawi for a six-month internship placement at Capital radio in Blantyre. When he..

June 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

The birth of Insight: Malawi’s premier human rights program

In January 2011, jhr intern Denis Calnan set off to Malawi for a six-month internship placement at Capital radio in Blantyre. When he..

June 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

Women in the Star newsroom

Text by Jenny Vaughan, audio by Sarah Feldbloom Female empowerment is a funny thing. You cannot see it, touch it, smell it or hear it. But..

June 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi minibus adventures

June 24, 2011 with 1 Comment

On issue-based journalism in Malawi

Text by Jenny Vaughan, video by Sarah Berman For Ghanaian-born journalist Edem Djokotoe, the best fodder for stories doesn’t come from..

June 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawians could be big winners

In Canada, it’s not uncommon for people to believe lottery companies play on people’s fantasies, encouraging them to hand over money..

June 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Managing democracy on Malawi’s airwaves

Al Osman has been in media his whole life—as managing editor of publications in southern Africa, as press officer for the Botswana..

June 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Autism in Ghana part II: Battling stigma and education youth

A group of students gather in a circle around a blackboard in a small Accra classroom. Eight-year-old Seletay Pi-Bansa holds a piece of..

June 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

The merits of sunscreen

June 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

Living with garbage

“What day is garbage day?” I asked my landlord upon arriving in Malawi four months ago. Expecting her to mention a day of the week, or..

June 16, 2011 with 1 Comment

The environmental cost of charcoal

Charcoal is ubiquitous in Malawi; it’s sold on the side of the road and used by most to cook. Trees harvested for charcoal are..

June 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

The little business people of Bolgatanga

Street children who hawk goods in Bolgatanga, the capital of Ghana’s Upper East region, have a hierarchy to climb if they want to make..

June 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Gadhafi fever hits northern Ghana

Anti-western anger over NATO strikes in Libya has crossed the Sahara and sparked protests in northern Ghana. Hundreds of people marched in..

May 25, 2011 with 0 Comments

Postcard from Malawi: Making your vote count

May 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

Youth migration: Child labour in Malawi

Video and text by Denis Calnan In Malawi today, jobs for children are shifting; traditionally, underage youth were employed on tea and..

May 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Life in the time of cholera

It was a close call for Hannah Anum. She says she arrived at Accra’s Korle Bu hospital unconscious. Now, she rests motionless on a bench..

April 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghana going online: Internet as a human right?

Conversations about human rights violations often summon clichéd images of impoverished, emaciated villagers or fly-ridden, pot-bellied..

April 22, 2011 with 1 Comment

Too few teachers: Crammed classrooms in Malawi

Recently, the Malawian Ministry of Education announced its intention to improve the average teacher-to-student ratio in the country from..

April 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Symposium on Soli: How brown envelope journalism is affecting the profession

On Friday March 25, 2011, Journalists for Human Rights and the Canadian High hosted a symposium on soli, short for solidarity, which is the..

April 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Prison over prejudice

By Philippa Croome I don’t know what I expected from my visit to a Malawian prison. Stern and menacing guards, perhaps, brandishing..

April 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

Hiplife in Ghana: a musical mix

Eyes are squinted toward the stage. Heads bob up and down, bodies flail left and right. The MC alternates between delivering a double-time..

April 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

Meet the chief

Sitting on a bench inside the chief’s palace, daily life of Tamale’s first family looked pretty routine. Women cooked on open fires and..

April 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Rallying for academic freedom across Malawi

It began with a lecture. At Chancellor College in Zomba, political science professor Dr. Blessings Chinsinga told his public policy class..

March 30, 2011 with 1 Comment

Ghana online: Supply, demand and dominance

It’s nearly 11 p.m. and the internet cafe in Accra, Ghana is surging with energy. University students, business professionals and groups..

March 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

Fast food, Malawi-style

Every morning, the Daily Times newspaper feeds the minds of more than 15,000 people across Malawi. But what feeds Daily Times employees? A..

March 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Dry taps and lost hope: Water politics in Accra

My heart sinks as I turn the kitchen tap at my home in Accra. It shrieks and nothing comes out.  It’s empty. For two weeks, my..

March 22, 2011 with 1 Comment

Footsoldiers erupt

A couple of hours before my first day on the job at Tamale’s Diamond FM, a posse of political activists stormed the station. They were..

March 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

From culprits to catalysts: Girls’ initiation in Malawi

In their respective villages, Cecelia Muliya and Esitere Chabwera are regarded as cultural leaders. The two have worked in girls’..

March 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

From culprits to catalysts: Girls' initiation in Malawi

In their respective villages, Cecelia Muliya and Esitere Chabwera are regarded as cultural leaders. The two have worked in girls’..

March 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

Women’s rights in the bedroom

By Sarah Feldbloom and Jacquiline Zulu “Look at my face. Maybe you can see me as 35-years-old but I’m 29. All of that is because of..

March 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

Women's rights in the bedroom

By Sarah Feldbloom and Jacquiline Zulu “Look at my face. Maybe you can see me as 35-years-old but I’m 29. All of that is because of..

March 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

An illusion of separatness

It is the dry season in Ghana, when the northern savanna sheds its vegetation due to a lack of rainfall. It creates a barren, ashy..

March 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

Crashing the boy’s club

By Katie Lin In the middle of Blantyre’s densely-populated township, Ndirande, sits Spencer Video Centre. It’s big, bright blue and..

March 8, 2011 with 0 Comments

Crashing the boy's club

By Katie Lin In the middle of Blantyre’s densely-populated township, Ndirande, sits Spencer Video Centre. It’s big, bright blue and..

March 8, 2011 with 0 Comments

The food security paradox

Following a famine in 2002, in which thousands died and three million people were relying on food aid, Malawi has turned itself around and..

March 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

From 'Sodom' to Old Fadama

A pungent stench invades the nostrils when we step over the unusually wide, overfilled gutter. “This place is stinky” my colleague..

March 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

From ‘Sodom’ to Old Fadama

A pungent stench invades the nostrils when we step over the unusually wide, overfilled gutter. “This place is stinky” my colleague..

March 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

“Farting law” causing stink, while democratic crisis hits Malawi

Malawi is starting to look more like it did during the days of dictatorship-rule, say human rights activists in the country. While recent..

February 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi's theatre for social change

From the minibus to the newsroom, life in Malawi can be pretty dramatic. “Everything in Malawi is theatre,” explains playwright Tawonga..

February 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s theatre for social change

From the minibus to the newsroom, life in Malawi can be pretty dramatic. “Everything in Malawi is theatre,” explains playwright Tawonga..

February 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

Nothing wasted

By James Munson Every day, he sits outside the office on a small concrete stump with his hands wrapped around some old shoe. Sometimes..

February 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

A day in the life of an Accra reporter

A Day in the Life: Prince Minkah from Robin Pierro on Vimeo. Prior to leaving for Ghana to work at TV Africa in Accra for six months, I..

February 14, 2011 with 1 Comment

Railway dwellers near the end of the line in Accra

In Ghana’s capital city, Accra, a commotion stirs along the train tracks near the central railway station. Dozens gather to hear the..

February 11, 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

Displaced by floods, forgotten by the media

Listen here: Flood victims in Agona, Ghana A couple weeks ago I learned for myself what I’ve heard people say. It’s not easy to..

February 7, 2011 with 2 Comments

Football for human rights

Listen to the radio documentary here: Hometown Heroes: Education in C.K. Akunnor’s hometown By Erasmus Kwaw and Shawn Hayward..

February 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawian Media Say New Law a Threat to Democracy

Journalists and media companies in Malawi are mobilizing to decide how best to deal with the government’s potential threat to their..

February 3, 2011 with 1 Comment

Local politics meet gender politics in Malawi’s municipal elections

Beauty Pillow is a rare woman in Malawi—she can afford to run for office. “I don’t have any donors but I use the little my husband..

January 31, 2011 with 0 Comments

The art of spin: bus rides and balderdash

Earlier this year the media in Ghana became consumed with a story about an armed robbery on a bus from the capital Accra to Bolgatanga in..

December 23, 2010 with 0 Comments

On the road in Sierra Leone

The sky was just beginning to lighten as the roar of a motorcycle drew near. Moments later, there was a light tap at the door...

December 22, 2010 with 0 Comments

The waiting room

This is a first. I’m sitting in a hospital lab in Accra, being serenaded by Bollywood music on the radio at 9 a.m. I made it four months..

December 21, 2010 with 0 Comments

Finding justice in Rwanda’s hidden horrors

“In our home, we would rise and kill Tutsis before we got on the truck,” says an anonymous witness about the lorry he rode to find..

December 16, 2010 with 0 Comments

Chiefs struggle to find role in Malawi’s democracy

Chiefs in Malawi have a lot of sway. In rural areas, they solve customary disputes and are the connection for residents to governing..

December 15, 2010 with 0 Comments

Forget Pity, it’s Time to Empower Ghanaian Widows

Kwesi-Gyan Apenteng insists that widows in Ghana need to be empoered, not pitied It’s hard not to feel pity when you meet a widow who has..

November 30, 2010 with 0 Comments

Forget Pity, it's Time to Empower Ghanaian Widows

Kwesi-Gyan Apenteng insists that widows in Ghana need to be empoered, not pitied It’s hard not to feel pity when you meet a widow who has..

November 30, 2010 with 0 Comments