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Lengo: a worthy goal

By: Jared Knoll ARUSHA – Hope can be hard to come by for children in Sub-Saharan Africa, but one Tanzanian man has gone back to his..

February 11, 2014 with 0 Comments

African youth fight poverty through education

By: Jared Knoll “I believe that this young, brave and educated generation can make change in society and make the world a better..

January 30, 2014 with 1 Comment

Diving to new depths of human rights

By: Jared Knoll ZANZIBAR – Working for human rights is not the exclusive domain of the 30 per cent of our world that is dry land. In the..

January 6, 2014 with 0 Comments

Whale carcasses washing up in droves

A growing number of decomposing whale carcasses are washing up along the shores of Ghana. Since August, ten whales have been spotted. That..

December 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Tuesday, the world celebrates Human Rights Day, and the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Click here to see..

December 9, 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

The art of poverty

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – In a working class neighbourhood where open sewers reek of feces and vendors sit on rickety stools..

October 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ghana strives to improve on human rights record

By Ishmael J. Abudu, JHR-AUCC Chapter Amnesty International’s annual report shows that although Ghana’s human rights record is..

June 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists doubt information will soon be free in Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

A look inside Radio Democracy

For much of the past month I have been working with journalists at The Society for Radio Democracy 98.1fm in Freetown. Most people here..

April 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Unavailable and underfunded: mental healthcare in Ghana

Like much of the developing world, mental healthcare is lacking in Ghana. Mental illnesses are deeply stigmatized and widely misunderstood,..

July 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

Polio effects linger in Ghana despite vaccines

When Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo contracted polio as a nine-year-old, his symptoms worsened to the point where his nerves were affected and his..

July 22, 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

Slow and unsteady: Ghana’s Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana's Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Secret Women

In Chichewa, the widely-spoken language of southern Malawi, being pregnant or “kunkhala ndi pakati” translates to being in the middle..

June 29, 2012

“Mind the gap” – The crippling impact of HIV/AIDS on family composition and elderly Malawians

The old “respect your elders” adage has customarily been an important part of Malawian culture, with the elderly able to depend on the..

June 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Defending sexual minority rights

“Pedophiles or other sexual deviants are not welcome in Ghana.” The sign loomed over me as I stood, waiting to get my passport stamped,..

June 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

When beggars should be choosers – How the promise of remuneration is heading off freedom of movement and free choice of employment in Malawi

Not long after cutting their teeth, North American children are encouraged to call forward their dreams and consider the question, “What..

June 17, 2012

Witchcraft forum focuses on gendered solutions

On May 19, the International Institute of Journalism and JHR hosted a community dialogue on the issue of witch craft allegations in..

June 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

The politics of being gay

On my first day of work, I was asked how I felt about having a gay president. The question was referring to President Obama’s..

June 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Repatriating Ghana’s “Witches”

Ghanaian witch camps are a cultural phenomenon I have yet to fully experience and understand. Although I have read much about them and..

June 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian journalist lectures JHR chapter about rights media

On May 19, the JHR chapter at Tamale’s International Institute of Journalism hosted a community forum about witchcamps. Among the..

May 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malaria: not just a disease, but a way of life

It’s the most dangerous killer in West Africa, the top issue on Ghana’s health priority list, and carries a whopping price tag of up to..

May 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Meet the Tognis: Las familia Circo

Yecid’s clothes don’t fit him quite right, his shoes are four sizes too large, his left wrist sometimes pops out of place and it always..

April 23, 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

Clash over gay rights in Accra

Gay rights have been pushed to the forefront in Accra after a group of young men, allegedly armed with canes, cutlasses, stones and broken..

March 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

In Malawi when 'Life' gets tough, it gets banned

Saturday night in Blantyre and the drinks are flowing at Mustang Sally’s, a fluorescent bar with a swimming pool centerpiece frequented..

March 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

In Malawi when ‘Life’ gets tough, it gets banned

Saturday night in Blantyre and the drinks are flowing at Mustang Sally’s, a fluorescent bar with a swimming pool centerpiece frequented..

March 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Collateral damage: Police report policy delays treatment for accident victims in Malawian emergency rooms

You’ve been in an accident in Malawi – where do you go?  If you said the emergency department you could be wrong. A few months ago my..

March 4, 2012 with 1 Comment

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

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

“It’s God’s will” isn’t good enough

The electricity had been out for 24 hours where I was staying in Namiwawa, Blantyre, either due to the heavy seasonal rains or the theft of..

January 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

“It’s God’s will” isn't good enough

The electricity had been out for 24 hours where I was staying in Namiwawa, Blantyre, either due to the heavy seasonal rains or the theft of..

January 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Four Babies and a Mother

[pullquote]”They are human like myself so they should be given the necessary support. Even though they are not my family members,..

November 14, 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

Going to school in Bolgatanga

Last week I had the opportunity to travel up north to Tamale, Bawku, and Bolgatanga.  Along the way, I checked out the school situation as..

July 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Republic Day Lake Jam

While Canucks celebrated Canada Day, Ghana turns 54 years old on July 1, 2011. Luv FM’s twi platform, Nyhira FM collaborated with the..

July 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

Open skies and open sewers: the two-sided beauty that is Ghana

So there are three things that have become abundantly clear to me since my fellow compatriots and I touched down in Ghana a little over a..

May 30, 2011 with 1 Comment

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

“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

Hooked on Politics

This past week in Kumasi has been all about politics. The New Patriotic Party (NPP), the main opposition to Ghana’s current National..

August 9, 2010 with 1 Comment

Akwaaba- Welcome to Ghana.

We have officially been in Ghana for a week now. I am beginning to adapt both physically and mentally to my new environment, the culture,..

June 30, 2010 with 3 Comments
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