Pambazuka News 269: Ivory Coast: Dynamics of mediation

DAWN will hold its third feminist advocacy training programme, the DAWN Training Institute (DTI) in November 2007. It will be a three-week intensive training programme. The date and venue will be announced later. The training programmes are designed for young feminist activists from the South who are engaged in, or have strong interest in, global advocacy work for social and gender justice.

To get a sense of the problems besetting prisons in Côte d'Ivoire, look no further than Building C of the House of Arrest and Correction of Abidjan (Maison d'arrêt et de correction d'Abidjan, MACA). The 115 detainees crowded together in this building share just one toilet, and barely manage a daily shower.

With dozens, if not hundreds of organisations likely to attend next year's World Social Forum (WSF) -- and almost as many issues clamouring to be addressed there -- nailing down a programme for the Jan. 20-25 event promises to be a daunting task. Nonetheless, organisers of the event are starting to do just that this week according to the website of the WSF, which is to be held in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

A meaning of colonialism offered in the new edition of a French dictionary has stirred another debate on how France views its past. In its edition that appeared this month, the widely consulted French dictionary Le Petit Robert defines colonialism as "valuing, enhancing, exploiting the natural resources" of foreign territories.

The South African NGO sector is gathering momentum to petition the South African government to adopt free and open source software. The petition, to be sent to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the minister of public service and administration, calls on government to reduce the country's dependence on software imports.