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Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood. shutterstock

New research pokes holes in the idea that men don’t look after their kids

About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
Household air pollution in Nairobi is primarily driven by fuels burnt for cooking and lighting. EPA/Dai Kurakawa

Invisible and ignored: air pollution inside the homes of Nairobi’s residents

Research in Kenya’s capital found average levels of hazardous solid and liquid particles in the air within households were three times more than the WHO recommended maximum level.
Women singing at a South African ANC Women’s League meeting.Three senior women in ANC are contesting the presidency of the party. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pros and cons of the three women running for South Africa’s presidency

All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?
Disney’s retrograde princesses have seen some improvements in recent years, but they still send mixed messages about what female leadership looks like. JLinsky/flickr

Teaching little girls to lead

Princesses are not great role models if we want to raise empowered daughters.
Pupils from Kibera, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Reuters/Noor Khamis

How partnerships enriched the learning for Nairobi slum children

Education outcomes of young people can be improved with targeted interventions. At the centre lies the participation of partners -- community, family and schools.
Activists supporting the decriminalisation of sex work at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan

A sex worker’s view on South Africa’s latest plans to beat HIV

South Africa has launched a plan to tackle HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections -- but much depends on its implementation over the next five years.

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