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Internally displaced persons queue to register at the UN site in Bentiu. Charles Lomodong/AFP
We need new leaders: women of South Sudan’s Bentiu camp speak
July 22, 2015
The number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in the United Nations compound in Bentiu has risen above 100,000, the organisation has announced, making it the country’s largest camp…
Yibanathi Matikinca, 10, sits in her classroom at the Qunu Junior Secondary School, a village outside the town of Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. Pic: JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP
Wanna save the world? Empower women
July 20, 2015
There’s a factor in economics -- when assessing the economic impact of an intervention or event -- called the multiplier. The concept is a pretty straightforward one, even…
Inspired: Zambian writer Namwali Serpell, who teaches at the University of California and who was recently awarded the Caine prize, says that experimental approaches to African literature are being recognised.
Zambian author subverts literary competitiveness

Before Zambian author Namwali Serpell was “surprisingly” selected as the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, she had already urged the other four shortlisted writers that the winner should split the winnings five ways. When Serpell won for her short story The Sack, which was published in Africa 39: New Writing From …

Evangeline Lilly attends the premiere of Marvel's Ant-Man.
Evangeline Lilly on bringing girl power to superhero movies

When asked to play the feisty Hope van Dyne in Marvel’s superhero movie Ant-Man, actress Evangeline Lilly had some initial doubts. “One thing I was asking for was that we sit down and take a very serious look at the female character, bring more dimension to it and make her more well-rounded as a human …

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Jenny Goodrick
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Tiffany Markman
Never ask a woman if she’s pregnant. End of.
In the past two weeks, two separate people (one a stranger and one a waiter who sees me every other day) have asked me if I’m “expecting”. I’m not. I’m just carrying an extra 10kg, most of it attached to my belly like an insecure jellyfish. But -- for the…
Claudia Lopes
The shame of South Africa’s domestic violence
A recent article on IOL news stirred up a furore. A 40-year-old woman had been fatally shot by her husband who then turned the gun on himself. You would have been forgiven for thinking the outrage that emerged in the online commentary was that of condemning the killing of yet…