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What Youth across Africa think of The Revolutions in North Africa?


"No Woman, No Cry" -Human Rights Day- #16days

No Woman, No Cry” is the famous reggae song of Bob Marley and The Wailers. The original title is “No Woman, Nuh Cry” in Jamaica tongue.The “nuh”, is a shorter vowel sound for “no”, and corresponds to the short form “don’t”. The song tends to persuade women not to cry and reassure them that everything will be alright.This is what my friend Taiwo ADESOBAfrom Nigeria has explained.

However, when I see how much women in the world suffer, I wonder how can women not cry,
When 95% of the victims of violence are female and 95-98% of the perpetrators are male... When every 15 seconds a woman is beaten, raped, or killed... When women still don't receive equal payment and are judged only for the fact that they are WOMEN... When women not only in Afghanistan, Republic of Congo or India but also about 2to 4 million of American women are battered each year by their partners...
It is a vicious circle of women's suffer everywhere, everyday...
Despite this reality, We, women, have the right to Life,…

Violence Has Become A Language

In a beautiful summer day, I arrived to the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, as westernized and wealthy as I thought with its skyscrapers, fancy neighborhoods and highways. I have taken the Gautrain from the airport to the hotel. As I was sitting next to a young South African man in his early 30s, we eventually struck up a conversation on the country’s current situation. “Few days ago, protesters against the provincial government in Cape Town ran amok and looted stores and stalls”. I was listening to him as the image of rich-poor divide Cape Town contradicts the image I have of wealthy predominately “white” place. “Other protesters were throwing stones at police, burnt tires and blocked roads to express their dissatisfaction”, he continued. After few minutes of this conversation, I realized thathaving the largest and most developed economy in Africa, “the most admirable constitution in the world”, 11 official languages and its pluralistic makeup didn’t prevent people’s disc…