Kenyan anti-FGM teens on short list for EU Sakharov Prize

Kenyan anti-FGM teens on short list for EU Sakharov Prize

Five students from Kenya have been named as short-list finalists for the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights. The five – Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi – developed an app to help young women…

Mauritian chef’s cookbook celebrates Indian Ocean cuisine

Move over, jollof wars of West Africa. For Selina Periampillai, a chef of Mauritian descent who grew up in London, it’s the scent of spices and the Indian Ocean cuisine that keeps her connected to a heritage that she’s now sharing with a new cookbook, “Island Kitchen.” Periampillai, along with…

Dozens of young African leaders honored by The Diana Award

More than three dozen young African leaders are recognized among international recipients of the Diana Award, an annual award beginning in 2017, that honors youth for their contributions to positive social change in the spirit of the late Princess of Wales. Among those selected is journalist Zanji Sinkala of Zambia,…

Amnesty honors Fridays for Future youth activists with top award

Young climate change activists from across the globe have received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019, for their work in the Fridays for Future movement spearheaded by Greta Thunberg of Sweden. “We are humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging…

Three Africans listed as Time Next Generation Leaders

The Time Magazine portrait of Swedish climate champion Greta Thunberg got lots of attention on social media, but she was just one of 10 people named as Next Generation Leaders – and three of them have ties to the African continent. First up is Tunde Wey, above, the 36-year-old Nigerian…

Maputo youth aim to make the city safer with photography

They say the camera doesn’t lie, and young activists in Mozambique are using photography to speak the truth and make the streets of Maputo safer for themselves, especially women and girls in their communities.  Using a program called Photovoice – an empowerment technique used across the world – students are…

Somali-American Omar is sworn into U.S. Congress

Somali-American Ilhan Omar was sworn into office on Thursday, and is now representing the state of Minnesota as one of two Muslim women who are the first to serve in the United States Congress. Omar is one of more than 100 women who are now members of the 116th Congress,…