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COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy this International Democracy Day

15 September 2020 – The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally. As states around the world adopt emergency measures to address the crisis, it is critical that they continue to uphold the rule of law, protect and respect international standards and basic principles of legality, and the right to access justice, remedies and …


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TRESemmé South Africa marketing campaign demonstrates the need for vigilance to uproot unconscious bias and discrimination in advertising (Unstereotype Alliance)

15 September 2020 – The Unstereotype Alliance South Africa National Chapter is deeply disappointed in the recent images provided by TRESemmé for Clicks’ digital platforms which depict black women’s hair as “dry” and “damaged” and white hair as “fine” and “normal”. The use of these polarising descriptors and the way the images were placed portrays a severe lack of knowledge …


PRESS RELEASE: “Silence begets violence…not in my name,” says Head of United Nations in South Africa

11 September 2020, Pretoria: The head of the United Nations in South Africa and Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas today made an impassioned plea to South Africans to foster a solidarity of a brotherhood and a sisterhood in the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). “We are not here to tick a box that we hosted or participated in an event. We …

Remarks by Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas on the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Gender-Based Violence Conference

11 September 2020 – The South African story of a peaceful transition to democracy has been lauded the world over. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called it his rainbow nation. It was something to behold. But the light is fading on this rainbow as the veil is lifted to expose a demon, a fiend and an enemy! The antagonist in South …

WHO REPORT – The impact of the #COVID19 pandemic on noncommunicable disease resources and services: results of a rapid assessment

10 September 2020 – Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), notably cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, are the leading causes of death and disability globally, affecting more people each year than all other causes combined. NCDs are responsible for over 70% of all deaths, with nearly 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (1). In addition, NCDs …

African countries engaging in ground-breaking COVID-19 vaccine initiative

10 September 2020 – While the race to find safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continues, African countries are signing up to a ground-breaking initiative, which aims to secure at least 220 million doses of the vaccine for the continent, once licensed and approved. All 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in COVAX, a global initiative which is co-led …