U.S. Ambassadors Show Support for #Africa4Her

The 2016 #Africa4Her campaign saw a huge outpouring of support inside and outside the YALI Network. More than 20,000 Network members made pledges (thank you!), and 44 pledges were made by U.S. ambassadors to Africa. Among the highlights: Using the hashtags #30Jours30Femmes and #FiereDetreFemme, Embassy Bamako published a photo each...

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What will you do to help empower women?

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said gender equality is more than just a goal: “It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” In other words, when women lead, we all succeed. That is the theme of #Africa4Her. There are...

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Misunderstandings about mental illness are causing human rights abuses

As a mental health nurse in Ghana, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow Emmanuel Kofi Danso is acutely aware of how much his community and others across Africa need to do to raise awareness of mental disease. Especially since the stigma associated with it creates inhumane conditions. “I have one phrase that...

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What constitutes ‘dangerous speech,’ and what can you do about it?

In the United States, courts have repeatedly protected the rights of those who make hateful comments and post racist images. But the allowance of hate speech doesn’t mean there is unlimited free speech. The courts have also ruled that if someone makes a direct threat against another person or incites...

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