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Young, female and fighting corruption in Somalia

Young, female and fighting corruption in Somalia

ABDI SHEIKH MINA Mohamed Abdi was just 24 when she first stood for Somalia's parliament in 2012, defeating two other candidates to win a seat reserved for women and defying elders from her Hawiye clan, some of whom denounced her as immodest. "I was asked 'you want to be a prostitute? How can a woman represent a clan?'" she told Reuters. "I insisted and said a clan is not composed only of men." Four years later, she won an open seat in Hiran, a region north of the capital Mogadishu. Now 32, and having carved herself a reputation as one…
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Whistleblowers are key to fighting corruption in South Africa. It shouldn’t be at their peril

Whistleblowers are key to fighting corruption in South Africa. It shouldn’t be at their peril

NUMEROUS corruption scandals have been reported in South Africa in recent times. The extent of corruption in the country has been laid bare at the judicial commission probing allegations of state capture over the past three years. Corruption can impede a country’s economic growth, and undermine democratic principles, stability and trust. MONRAY MARSELLUS BOTHA, Head of Department & Associate Professor, University of Pretoria Whistle-blowing is one of the mechanisms used to deter corruption. It plays a role in encouraging accountability, transparency and high standards of governance in both the private sector and public institutions. Whistleblowers help combat criminal conduct and…
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