Wednesday 17 January 2018
(The Guardian 03/04/13)
Female university students are mobilising to change a culture where academic success is often dependent on sexual favours During her first few days at the University of Liberia, a male student asked Famata Adrekis if she was taking the "Sex 101" class. "I said: 'What do you mean?' I was shocked," says the fourth-year sociology student. "Sex 101" was a reference to the expectation that female students will have sex with their male lecturers to get good grades or pass their degree courses. The practice is often referred to as "transactional sex" – sex for grades – and it's common not only in Liberian universities but also throughout sub-Saharan Africa. A 2011 survey conducted by ActionAid in three Liberian universities...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
Illegal Liberian timber worth thousands of Euros was sitting in a French port less than 3 weeks before a new EU law prohibiting the import of illegal timber came into force, Global Witness revealed today. Under the EU Timber Regulation, which took effect yesterday, the import of illegal timber is prohibited and could land the importer with up to two years imprisonment or a 50,000 Euro fine. "The discovery of illegal Liberian timber in Europe just as the new law kicks in underlines the need for European companies to make sure they're complying or face some very heavy penalties," said Alexandra Pardal, Senior Campaigner at Global Witness. "Almost all timber from tropical rainforests carries a high risk of illegality and...
(Voice of America 03/04/13)
Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee has warned that recent developments are undermining Liberia’s young democracy. Her warning comes amid a dispute between Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan and members of the House of Representatives. The lawmakers reportedly requested funding for certain development projects, but Kpaan refused to fund the projects saying some of them were full of “ghost names.” A secret recording purported to be the voice of Representative Edward Forh was heard to be soliciting portions of the development funds. The lawmakers charged Kpaan with contempt and sentenced her to 72 hours in jail. A group of women, led by the acting Monrovia Mayor Mary Broh, went to the city’s central prison to stop Kpaan’s imprisonment. Gbowee said...

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