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A new report finds economic and social discrimination against women is costing Africa more than $100 billion a year. The U.N. Development Program’s 2016 Africa Human Development Report argues closing the gender gap would be a boon for the Continent’s economic and social prospects. The report finds African women across the board are denied the same kind of economic, social and political opportunities men enjoy. It says women lose out when it comes to education, work and health. (VOA)

Birds nests, static hair, Afros that are too long – pupils at Pretoria High School for Girls are tired of these insults when they wear their hair naturally, and they are receiving support from others who have been through the same thing. Past pupils of the school have gathered in solidarity, after the school trended on social media last night under the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh hashtag, and videos featuring the schoolgirls have been shared prolifically. (City Press)

African countries should have permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council by 2023, a move that would make the body more representative and democratic, the African Union Commission’s deputy chairman said. (Bloomberg)


Civic Tech

HiiL Justice Accelerator and the Ford Foundation are hosting a series of Innovating Justice Boostcamps across the continent in September. The Boostcamps are happening in Tunis, Kampala, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos, and they’ll feature pitches by the most innovative, disruptive legal and justice startups in those regions.

These startups were chosen from the over 400 startups that applied to be part of the Innovating Justice Challenges earlier this year. (Techcabal)

Meet & Tweet Ghana

Join the Africa Rizing team for a 2-day training workshop at Impact Hub Accra where attendees will have the opportunity to hear from successful entrepreneurs, bloggers, and activists featured in our Rizers to watch campaign of 2016. Come out and meet the journalists behind the brand, and learn important skills like social media branding, smartphone reporting, field reporting and event coverage. Meet & Tweet Journalist & Entrepreneur Training Session is free  and open to the public. Register today.

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Twenty-five contemporary artists merge with historical African masquerades in order to bring you Disguise: Masks and Global African Art. The exhibition presents contemporary work in dialogue with historical objects from the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum within an immersive and lively installation of video, digital, sound, and installation art, as well as photography and sculpture. (BKreader)

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