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Situation Report August 1- 15,2017

In this edition of the West Africa civil society situation report, news and activities were captured in the various parts of the world.

In Ghana, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Develop­ment Programme (UNDP) held a policy dialogue aimed at finding ways to deepen gender equality in Africa. Subsequently, to promote gender equity and women land rights, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has formed partnership with civil society and queen mothers to clos­e ties with citizens and traditional authorities. 

In Niger, the Minister of Education conducted a test to see the level of the teachers and it turned out to be very bad. About 47.3 per cent did not pass the test. In Senegal, the arrest of the singer Amy Collé, was denounced by Amnesty International and civil society as contrary to the smooth running of the democracy. In Togo, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Inclusive Development organised a two-day workshop to reinforce the capacity of the actors of civil society.

In Guinea Bissau, the government announced the ban of child beggars urging all parents who do not have the resources to care for their children to turn them over to the state. In Africa, citizens of Uganda have protested against at­tempts by parliamentarians to introduce a bill that supports the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. And in Tanzania, Women Advancing Africa (WAA) Forum was lunched with a call for women to take centre stage in Africa’s economic libera­tion. And in Sierra Leone, mudslide has killed dozens of people and many houses buried.

These and many more interesting civil society news updates are featured in this edition of the civil society situation report.

The Civil Society Situation Report is a bi-monthly synopsis of news articles compiled by WACSI on civil society and citizen engagement across West Africa and beyond. It serves as a tool to monitor the trends and changes in both fields across the regions.

Access the situation report here.

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