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“Mugabe is the glue in the oppressive system”

Article published in Fria Tidningen
28 September 2016
By Thelma Chikwanha
Photos: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

The last few months have seen big protests in Zimbabwe, demanding president Robert Mugabe’s resignation. We have met some of the driving forces behind the protests. “We are fighting for a fair society where financial justice, legal security, and democracy are maintained” , says Promise Mkwananzi.

For the last 2,5 months, Zimbabwe has been experiencing a wave of protests demanding Robert Mugabe’s resignation. In September, this made the authorities announce a ban on protesting – despite it being a constitutional right. That in itself is not new. Zimbabwe’s constitution guarantees democracy and a number of rights, but the juridical system is not always free to exercise its powers to enforce the laws. The authoritarian rule of Robert Mugabe and his ruling party Zanu PF means that many key state nominations are partial, especially within the juridical system.

But this time the Supreme Court went against the state and declared the ban as invalid; a real landmark for the protesting masses.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.friatidningen.se/artikel/124803

Climber crushes gender norms

Article published in  Fria Tidningen
27 May 2016
By Bhrikuti Rai
Photos: Bikram Rai

Nepal. Despite Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita being  very a experienced mountain climber, it wasn’t until she won a prestigious National Geographic award that most Nepalese people heard of her. Nepal is home of 8 out of the world’s 14 summits over 8000 metres, so mountain climbing is a significant sport – albeit very male dominated. Pasang Lhamu is adamant about challenging the gender related stereotypes and making her mark within the sport.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.fria.nu/artikel/123346

 

Ging has fought for LGBTQ rights for fifteen years

Article published in Fria Tidningen
24 July 2015

By Purple Romero

The Philippines. For fifteen years Ging Cristobal has fighted for LGBTQ people’s rights and for laws against discrimination in the Philippines. She tells us about life as a lesbian and the fight in a country that slowly gets better.

Ging Cristobal grew up in the southern Philippines with her family. When she realised she was a lesbian she didn’t even know what to call herself.

“I couldn’t imagine that a lesbian woman could have a family or be successful, I was scared there was no future for me.”

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.fria.nu/artikel/118335

Schoolgirls still in the hands of Boko Haram

Article published in Fria Tidningen
27 March 2015
By Armsfree Onomo

Nigeria. For many,  Boko Haram became known through the mass kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls last year. The campaign Bring Back Our Girls gathered a lot of attention, but after a year the girls still haven’t been returned.

Every day Aisha Yesufu and thirty other women gather in the Unity Fountain Park in the capital of Abuja for a two hour long demonstration. They run Bring Back Our Girls, which for almost a year has fought for the return of the girls.

Initially, the campaign had great support and many celebrities and people in high positions got involved.
“But they’ve moved on now”, says Aisha, crassly.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.friatidningen.se/artikel/117136

Boko Haram beneficial for ex-dictator

Article published in Fria Tidningen
27 March 2015
By Armsfree Onomo

Nigeria. Tomorrow, the postponed Nigerian presidential election will take place. The terrorist organisation Boko Haram are claimed to be the reason both for the postponed elections, and that many might vote for an ex dictator.

The elections were meant to take place 14 February, but at the last minute it was postponed until 28 March. According to the president Goodluck Jonathan it is because the government and the army have to be able to handle the threat to security caused ty Boko Haram. But the opposition claim it’s a way for the president to win some time in order to get his votes up.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.friatidningen.se/artikel/117135