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Stop sending girls to Europe to be sexually used and abused

It is shameful to see how families in Nigeria collude voluntarily in a new slavery

Barcelona August 2002: A long, lonely, lingering illness in a Spanish hospital, a once beautiful young body, wasted and emaciated by contagious diseases, a recent past that had included horrific sexual mutilation of her genital and anal areas and finally, death alone one morning and burial by strangers in an unmarked mass paupers grave on the outskirts of Barcelona. This was the fate of one of the hundreds of young Nigerian girls who have flocked to this part of Spain over the last 10 years.

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Women Are Not an Issue

Am I the only one who is tired of having to justify why women matter, asks Frances Mensah Williams. Surely the value of a woman should be a no-brainer

March 8th was International Women’s Day and I am trying to stay upbeat about where we are as women, but having a hard time doing so.

International Women’s Day was a global day of recognition and celebration of women and in many countries it was an official holiday. 2011 is the global centenary year, commemorating 100 years since International Women’s Day was first marked.

As another year passes, in some areas women continue to make progress and to chart new gains and achievements.  But, in many other areas, the benefits that women can bring to business and to service is being undervalued and underutilised.


In a recent report, the United States Government Accountability Office found that, in all but three of the 13 industries covered by the report, women had a smaller share of management positions than they did of that industry’s overall work force. The sectors where women were more heavily represented in management than outside of it were construction, public administration and transportation and utilities.

Across the industries, while the gender gap in managers’ pay “narrowed slightly” over the past decade, even after adjusting for demographic differences, the reality is that female full-time managers earned 81 cents for every dollar earned by male full-time managers in 2007, compared with 79 cents in 2000. Slight indeed.

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2010, a year that was for Ghanaians in Italy

I used to overlook the word ‘crisis’ until two years ago when it showed its devastating effects on the entire world, without sparing the Ghanaians in Italy.

Businesses tumbled, incomes were greatly affected and their activities which in the past years had been promoting the image of Ghana in the country also suffered.

I still remember the fall of Ghanacoop in 2009. Ghanacoop was a well established business created by a group of Ghanaians in Modena. It used to import Ghana’s tropical fruits to Italy while at the same time exporting Italian wine, pasta, and other products to Ghana.

Ghanacoop was extremely successful, generating a gross income of over €5 million a year. But crisis swept it away.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Africa’s Moral Giant

“It is in the interests of those of us who are well-to-do to see to the interests of others”

The official retirement of Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminds us of what leadership motivated by morality and justice can accomplish, says Frances Mensah Williams.

In an age when the word ‘leader’ is used to describe everyone from a middle manager to a trade union organiser, it’s almost too easy to forget that there are still people whose leadership has been crucial to literally millions of lives.

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Immigrants endure difficulties because Italy is their dreamland

Quite often problems of co-existence between Italians and immigrants emerge but no adequate measures are taken to solve them.

Many are quick to throw stones at the few who are often in the forefront in a quest for alternative solutions to this problem. Maybe it’s a high time we stopped playing the blame game and edged the dividing gap before swords are drawn.

There are real dangers and severe consequences for the society to blindly accept myths that immigrants are more prone to criminality and are a drain to the economy. It is important that the public and politicians have accurate and reliable information.

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