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SIZA sets gold farm sustainability standard for SA
SIZA sets gold farm sustainability standard for SA

SIZA was thoroughly reviewed against SAI Platform's Farm Sustainability Assessment 2.0. The result was a maximum Gold level of equivalence (100% essential, 100% basic and 100% advanced)...

6 hours ago

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Cobalt prices soar, but Congo's small miners see little of the gain

KOLWEZI - In global markets the price of cobalt, a mineral used in batteries for high-tech products from iPhones to Tesla electric cars, has nearly tripled to $81,500 a tonne in two years...

10 hours ago

Nelson Mandela Foundation, PepsiCo enter multi-year partnership
Nelson Mandela Foundation, PepsiCo enter multi-year partnership

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and PepsiCo have embarked on a multi-year partnership, focusing on alleviating poverty and advancing the rights of women and girls in South Africa...

2 days ago

Ava DuVernay on the 89th Oscars' red carpet in 2017. Original image © Tyler Golden of ABC on . Cropped with #FairnessFirst logo overlay as per Creative Commons terms.
#FairnessFirst: Making modern movies in 2018

While movies have been mainstream for more than a hundred years, diversity behind the lens has been more than a little lacking - hello 2018's top trending TV and cinema industry hashtags, #TimesUp and #OscarsSoWhite...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Feb 2018

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Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

Sean Jones, managing director of the Artisan Training Institute (ATI)
Still a ways to go for gender equality underground

Women are participating more actively in the South African mining industry compared to 15 years ago...

15 Feb 2018

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Khulisa Social Solutions partners Thuli Madonsela Foundation in social justice campaign

Walk in My Shoes is a collaborative social justice campaign run by its partners the Khulisa Social Solutions, the Thuli Madonsela Foundation and PJ Powers, and is set to launch on 20 February, coinciding with the World Day of Social Justice...

14 Feb 2018

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#FairnessFirst: Why Trudeau will bounce back from #Peoplekind

In the wake of his #Peoplekind comment, a joke that "didn't play well out of context", The Evening Standard has provided a lookback on Trudeau's push for gender equality...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Feb 2018

2018 JA South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme open for entries
2018 JA South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme open for entries

Mastercard is inviting all ambitious young female entrepreneurs to turn their aspirations into a reality by applying to take part in the JA South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme...

9 Feb 2018

These are the speakers set to inspire at the upcoming #cocreateDesign Festival
These are the speakers set to inspire at the upcoming #cocreateDesign Festival

The cocreateDesign Festival has announced its speaker list comprising top local and international designers, thinkers and activists set to tackle challenges in water, food security, mobility and social cohesion...

9 Feb 2018

AbdouMaliq Simone speaking at the closing panel of the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference. Photo: Andy Mkosi
Urban planning: Who leads the conversation?

"When I took my first official job in an African city in Abidjan in 1976, there was little urban research anywhere," said AbdouMaliq Simone, a research professor at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany...

By Sean O'Toole 7 Feb 2018

Johanna McDowell, CEO of the Independent Agency Search and Selection company (IAS) and only SA representative on the UK-based Women in Marketing’s (WIM) advisory council for 2018.
Johanna McDowell on bringing SA flair to the Women in Marketing Awards

Johanna McDowell has just been selected as the only representative of South Africa to be appointed on the UK-based Women in Marketing's (WIM) advisory council for 2018. She lets us in on the importance of championing women in marketing...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Feb 2018

Jaha Dukureh named UN Women regional goodwill ambassador for Africa
Jaha Dukureh named UN Women regional goodwill ambassador for Africa

UN Women has named renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as a regional goodwill ambassador for the organisation...

6 Feb 2018

Cox of the February 2018 cover of Cosmo SA - now trending everywhere!
#FairnessFirst: #SayYesToLove with Cosmo SA's Laverne Cox cover exclusive!

Topics for inclusion, equality and diversity in the media sphere itself remained under the media spotlight this week as social media netizens celebrated Cosmopolitan South Africa's decision to place Laverne Cox on the cover, with their logo suitably rainbow-hued to show support of the LGBTQI+ community...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Feb 2018

#NewCampaign: You'd never believe what some school girls use as substitutes to sanitary pads
#NewCampaign: You'd never believe what some school girls use as substitutes to sanitary pads

During my adolescent years, an endless supply of sanitary pads 'magically' appeared in my toiletry cupboard. I had never thought of such things as luxury, but essential, oblivious to the reality that some school girls face...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Jan 2018

Innovative thinking vital for continued effectiveness of SA's affordable housing sector
Innovative thinking vital for continued effectiveness of SA's affordable housing sector

SA's high and increasing levels of poverty and unemployment, and still very low average household income, mean that a disproportionate number of individuals and families across the country are unable to participate in the housing market...

By Leanne Govender 29 Jan 2018

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Davos grapples with inequality

In accepting an award for his efforts to "uphold human dignity" at the 2018 World Economic Forum, musician and philanthropist Elton John decried economic inequality as "disgraceful"...

By Michele Gilman 29 Jan 2018

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#FairnessFirst: #PresidentsClubDinner and #LarryNassar trial light up World Wide Web

This week, social media netizens were appalled by allegations of groping at the recent President's Club fundraising dinner, while celebrating the outcome of the #LarryNassar trial, and Melinda Gates' female startup fund support...

By Leigh Andrews 29 Jan 2018

Clover Mama Afrika wins 2017 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award
Clover Mama Afrika wins 2017 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award

Clover Mama Afrika has been named the winner of the 2017 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award. The CSI project supports and upskills female community leaders nationwide.

25 Jan 2018

African mothers in science need more support. Providing it is actually easy
African mothers in science need more support. Providing it is actually easy

There are a number of discussions to be had about women scientists in Africa: why there are so few, for instance; or how more can be drawn into science, technology, engineering and maths careers...

By Bernard Slippers and Smeetha Singh 23 Jan 2018

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The ad industry needs diversity to thrive

For ad campaigns to be culturally relevant, agencies must reflect our society...

By Qingqile 'Wingwing' Mdlulwa 22 Jan 2018

Inclusivity is key in the fight against HIV
Inclusivity is key in the fight against HIV

In recent years, South Africa has made great strides towards providing support to those infected and affected with HIV...

By Steve Letsike 22 Jan 2018

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#FairnessFirst: H&M's diversity manager, #MLKDay and the #pinkify debate

This week, diversity was a strong focus on social media as H&M announced the appointment of a diversity manager following the 'racist hoodie' outrage, social citizens stood up for civil rights on #MLKDay, and the #pinkifying hashtag spawned lovers and haters alike...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Jan 2018

Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What's been done to fix this
Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What's been done to fix this

The African Commission has drafted a new protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights that emphasises the importance of the right of people with disability to have equal recognition before the law...

By Laura-Stella Enonchong 18 Jan 2018

Corporate boardrooms: where are the women?
Corporate boardrooms: where are the women?

When a woman rises to the top rung of the traditionally all-male corporate ladder in Africa...

By Kwamboka Oyaro 16 Jan 2018

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#FairnessFirst: Amplifying the female voice

The first work week of 2018 for many was also one where we heard the global female voice loud and clear on social media, with 'celebration emojis' for everything from Iceland's equal pay law to #HereWeAre, #TimesUp and #Oprah2020...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Jan 2018

Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads
Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on Wednesday brought in a law cracking down on ads deemed to be sexist, threatening violators with hefty fines...

12 Jan 2018

Combating Africa's inequalities
Combating Africa's inequalities

In this special coverage of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus is on SDG 10, which is "Reduced inequality within and among countries". The aim of SDG 10 is for countries to adopt policies that promote the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental...

By Ernest Harsch 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities
#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities

"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transport." These are the paraphrased words uttered by Enrique Penalosa, the former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia...

By Elaine Jack 9 Jan 2018

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