Archive for March, 2008

Corruption is the biggest killer in Africa, says a senior United Nations official

7th March 2008 Uncategorized

Pretoria, South Africa – A senior United Nations official on Wednesday lamented the devastating effects of corruption in Africa. Addressing participants at a public lecture at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Under-Secretary-General Antonio Maria Costa, said corruption was the biggest killer in Africa. (more…)

South African gender experts call for a change in attitudes as the world commemorates International Women’s Day

7th March 2008 Uncategorized

Pretoria – Several South African gender experts yesterday called for more investments in programmes that create “changes in mindsets and attitudes” in how men and women relate to each other if South Africa was to improve on recent gains scored in gender equality. Speaking at an event organized by the United Nations in Pretoria to commemorate the International Women’s Day, the experts expressed outrage over recent incidents involving attacks on women by taxi drivers for wearing miniskirts in the streets of Johannesburg. (more…)

International Women’s Day: 8 March 2008

6th March 2008 Uncategorized

International Women’s Day, celebrated internationally each year on 8 March, has for a theme this year “Investing in Women and Girls,” with a strong focus on financing for gender equality at the country level. It will be observed at the United Nations in New York on 6 March 2008. (more…)

UNHCR lets refugee children talk about the special problems they face

5th March 2008 Uncategorized

Life for any refugee can be difficult; life for a child refugee is doubly difficult. As one young refugee told the UN refugee agency: “We are always living in fear.” (more…)

Launch of Project: Programme of Assistance to the Victim Empowerment Programme of the Department of Social Development in the South African Government

3rd March 2008 Uncategorized

Support for victims of crime and violence, in particular women and children is to receive a boost on the 5th of March 2008 when the Department of Social Development (DSD), the European Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime launch a partnership for victim empowerment at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. (more…)