Manuel regaining his old form for streaking Aces

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ But his brush with Tenorio won’t overshadow his sensational play. He finished with a season-best 18 points, 11 coming in the pivotal third quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists in Alaska’s 97-83 win.The win was the Aces’ third straight victory, putting them in joint third with TNT with similar 3-2 slates.“We’re always competing in practice. Nothing comes easy and we always give it our all. That’s why we’re bringing our aggression from our practices to the games,” said Manuel, who is finding his way from a calf injury that sidelined him for the better part of last season.“Every team is strong and there are no more easy games. We’re happy with the win, but we need to be focused every game, be aggressive, and do what we’ve been doing over these last three games to our next games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Back to his hardworking self, Vic Manuel seemingly couldn’t do anything wrong when Alaska played Ginebra on Sunday.But as stellar as he was in the game, the 30-year-old forward still has one thing he wished he didn’t do.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Abueva on much-improved Aces: ‘We buried our losing streak in 2017’ Manuel was apologetic for his spat with LA Tenorio at the 1:25 mark of the third quarter.Receiving a pass from Calvin Abueva down low, the 6-foot-4 bruiser went for an undergoal stab but lost his balance when the Ginebra guard tried to stop his shot from behind.  With emotions on a high, Manuel pushed Tenorio as both were restrained by their teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLooking back, Manuel said that he should have known better.“I didn’t know that he was just trying to pick me back up, and I still hit him,” he admitted in Filipino. “Of course, the emotions were so high and we got carried away. He was asking me whyI hit him when he was just trying to get me back up and I felt ashamed of what I did. I would have wanted to apologize but he had already left.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

La Roche makes his case on field

first_imgThere was a sense as recently as 48 hours ago, after Betemit went hitless in his first four spring at-bats and committed two errors in his first game, that the job was La Roche’s for the taking. But La Roche committed two errors of his own in this game, including a routine grounder by Moises Alou that would have ended the fifth inning that La Roche instead allowed to scoot between his legs and into left field. But La Roche’s finest moment came in that ninth inning. The Dodgers trailed 2-1 but already had runners on second and third with none out after a double by Fernando Tatis. For many a young player pining to make a season-opening roster, this would have been the perfect situation to try to impress, to swing hard at everything in hopes of getting the big hit that would turn that one-run deficit into a one-run lead. But instead of getting overanxious and chasing pitches out of his zone, La Roche patiently worked Adkins for a walk, loading the bases, and ultimately came around to score what would have been an important run if this would have been an important game. “That last at-bat, I was a little more selective,” La Roche said. “I was just trying to get on base.” That’s the kind of approach that allowed La Roche to post a combined on-base percentage well above .400 while splitting last season with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas. Betemit’s big-league OBP last year, which he split between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, was well under .350. Winding upLeft-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, whose bid to land the fifth starter’s job officially began with two shutout innings in relief of Brad Penny, is pitching out of a windup without runners on base – something almost every other major-league starting pitcher does but that Kuo didn’t do last year because he pitched out of the bullpen until moving into the rotation late in the season. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Andy La Roche dug out all the obligatory cliches after the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game on Saturday, a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets before 6,117 at Tradition Field. The celebrated third-base prospect said his main goal this spring was to play the way he always has, to stay within himself and to not worry about things beyond his control. Asked why he made the switch, Kuo didn’t really have an answer. “It’s just something they wanted me to do,” he said. “I have been working on it the whole offseason. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But the funny thing is, there is a chance this whole opening-day third baseman thing might be firmly in his control. If La Roche continues to hit the way he has in the club’s first three exhibitions, he possibly could force his way into a spot that otherwise will go to incumbent Wilson Betemit. La Roche already is 3 for 8 for the spring, including a hard single off Mets fireballer Billy Wagner. He also drew a key walk in the midst of a four-run, ninth-inning rally against Mets righty Jon Adkins. last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Due to incomplete information provided by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office, the Daily News incorrectly reported Monday the mayor’s proposed travel budget of $200,000 for 2006-07 was 10 times higher than former Mayor James Hahn spent on travel during his last year. In fact, it was six times higher.last_img read more

Football Spring Practice Report: March 29

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Thee Drake University football team completed its first week of spring practice on Tuesday at Drake Stadium.The Bulldogs practiced for two hours under sunny skies with temperature in the low 60s. The team wore helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for the workout and were able to crack the pads for the first time this spring.After two practices in just helmets, the men in the trenches were able to get physical for the first time this season. The defensive line was ranked second in sacks in 2015 after leading the Pioneer Football League in 2014 and are focused this spring on using this time to help get the Bulldogs back on top of the sacks category. Drake returns the league leading sacks leader, senior Mack Marrin, who tallied 8.5 sacks and will look to see more production from junior Nathan Clayberg, who ranked third-best on the team with 3.5.The offensive line are up to the challenge of going against the strong defensive line and are emphasizing on better pass protection this spring after giving up 40 sacks last season. The Bulldogs will use this time to help groom two new starting offensive tackles after losing All-PFL Aaron Johnson and Jack Beck. Drake returns fifth-year senior Aaron Melton, senior Ryan Lemke and junior Grant Snow to the interior of the line.   The Bulldogs have 10 practices remaining until their annual Blue and White Game on Saturday, April 23.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgA man told a Judge he would be walking home after being fined €2,500 for having green diesel in his van.Letterkenny Court.The man, a labourer, said he was unemployed and was driving around in his van some for some work. Speaking at Letterkenny District Court, Judge Paul Kelly told the man that the maximum fine was €5,000 but he was reducing it to €2,500.“It’s an expensive way to buy your diesel,” Judge Kelly told the man as he was leaving the court.The man turned around and replied “It is indeed. I think I’ll walk home now.”Everyone, including Judge Kelly, allowed themselves a smileMAN SAID HE WOULD WALK HOME AFTER BEING FINED €2,500 FOR USING GREEN DIESEL was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalgren dieselillegalJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more

You can now explore Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter through an app

first_imgLast week was a major milestone for the Cathedral Quarter group as they launched a new Heritage Map App that will enable visitors to explore Letterkenny and the historic area of the Cathedral Quarter. Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council launched the map last week in Dillon’s Hotel, Letterkenny.Developed in association with Donegal County Council under the IMPROVE project, The Heritage Map can be downloaded onto mobile devices and will give visitors the chance to explore the area at their own leisure with twenty points of interest around the area. Get the Cathedral Quarter App here: Story Map TourThe app was developed by Darragh McDonagh from the Geographic Information Systems section of Donegal County Council, using important information gathered by Cathedral Quarter committee member John Nee. All information available on the new Heritage Map App was validated by Kieran Kelly of Letterkenny Historical Society. The app can be downloaded to any smart phone and it is hoped to develop the app further and translate into several languages.Cathedral Quarter Heritage Map LaunchPraising the hard work of the Cathedral Quarter committee, Cllr Mc Monagle said: “Three years ago in a room in McGettigan’s Hotel Letterkenny, the Cathedral Quarter area was a just a wild dream but now with the committee’s work and the association with Donegal County Council, people are buying into the concept of the Cathedral Quarter. The app will cement the theory that the dream is now becoming a reality. Congratulations to all involved.”Adding to this, Gerard McCormick, President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce said he has noticed an increase in the number of visitors to the area who are looking for things to do: “The Wild Atlantic Way has resulted in more tourists setting up their base in Letterkenny and that is evident with the number of visitors to the area and jam-packed hotel here in Dillon’s this evening. This new app will give tourists a real experience, real focus and chance to see everything Letterkenny has to offer.”Closing the evening, Paddy Friel, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter thanked guest speakers and those who attended the launch. He praised the Cathaoirleach for working with the Cathedral Quarter group and paid thanks to the Donegal County Council for their commitment and assistance. In addition, he also raised the fact that there was no real help from the Government or any of their Statutory agencies apart from The Heritage Council. He finished by adding, “look at what we have no done with no money. Imagine what we could if we received some funding”. For information on the Cathedral Quarter project visit the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Facebook page.The Cathedral Quarter will be hosting a fundraising quiz in the Central Bar at 9.30pm on Wednesday, 26 July. Money raised will go towards the restoration of an Iron gate on the Church Lane and other ongoing projects. Teams of four cost €20 or €5 per person. Raffle prizes on the night.Iron gate on the Church LaneYou can now explore Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter through an app was last modified: July 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AppCathedral QuarterlaunchmaptourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Takeaways: Ramon Laureano continues hot July, Khris Davis delivers again in A’s win

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Brett Anderson smothered his left middle finger in a green cup of ice and pondered his outing. Anderson is honest about his mistakes: He acknowledged the hanging slider he lobbed to Miguel Sano for a 443, game-tying home run in the sixth inning. He acknowledged his overall efficient outing — he’d retired 14 straight batters after a rough, two home run first inning — that a ripping fingernail contributed to his sixth inning departure.“Didn’t take a rocket scientist to …last_img

ESPN screaming head pumps the brakes on the burgeoning legend of Jimmy Garoppolo

first_imgWithin hours of the 49ers’ victory over the Arizona Cardinals, extending their season-opening win streak to 8-0, ESPN provocateur Stephen A. Smith rolled a stink bomb into the Jimmy G Fan Club, closing the windows as he made his way out the door.And why? Because “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman waved some intriguing data and unassailable truisms (as we speak) under Stephen A’s nose.Are you on @maxkellerman or @stephenasmith’s side when it comes to Jimmy G? Franchise guy or just average? …last_img

Empowering youth for a bright future

first_img20-year-old Neftaly Malatjie foundedDiepsloot Youth Projects in 2005. The organisation seeks to empower Diepsloot’s youngsters. Its craft training centre is already showing impressive results. (Images: Diepsloot Youth Projects) MEDIA CONTACTS • Neftaly Malatjie CEO Diepsloot Youth Projects +27 78 637 0815  RELATED ARTICLES • Teaching jobless how to find jobs • Transforming lives through sport • Hair academy empowers women • Itlhabolole: beauty from wasteBongani NkosiAt age 20, Neftaly Malatjie is already a distinguished leader in his community of Diepsloot, a sprawling township grappling with underdevelopment and poverty.Diepsloot Youth Projects, the non-profit organisation he founded in 2005 at just age 16, is making a difference in the lives of fellow youngsters.The hard-working Malatjie is the CEO of the organisation, which he runs with a group of volunteers and professional trainers.The list of community initiatives taking place under the auspices of Diepsloot Youth Projects is burgeoning, ranging from the popular computer-training and pottery and craftwork academies to the school and community outreach programmes.“We’re a non-profit organisation that’s mainly focused on awareness, capacity-building and training,” said Malatjie during an interview in his makeshift office.Originally called Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture, Malatjie started the organisation as a performing-art project after identifying a need for it in the community.“I was attending an acting school and I thought this type of thing is needed in the township,” he said.The success of the initial phase was encouraging for Malatjie. “The support we received was amazing, as well as the participation and performances. Even parents were supporting it.”The organisation expanded when Malatjie began working with other young leaders from Diepsloot. They started in-depth research on what the community desperately needs, and found that “our people need jobs, they need skills”.And so Diepsloot Youth Projects was born.A recent highlight is being awarded an accreditation certificate, in July 2011, to operate their computer-training facility as a Microsoft IT Academy.They also got accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa), meaning the academy’s more than 200 students will graduate with recognised computer studies certificates.Malatjie said they are now hoping to secure an ISETT Seta-accredited training provider licence in the next few months.Microsoft and Saqa accredited them after “they were satisfied with everything and found that we’re really committed”, while the Seta licence will be granted after the organisation appoints an assessor for the programme – according to Malatjie.The academy caters for youngsters who’ve completed secondary school and those who left in grades 10 and 11.Proper building plannedDiepsloot Youth Projects has now appointed experienced professionals to serve on its board committee, as well as in management and executive teams.The organisation is planning to build a proper facility to operate from in the near future, but they are still accruing funds for construction.The piece of land donated to the organisation by the City of Johannesburg is currently scattered with containers, used as makeshift classes. This is where their “modest” building will be erected.Hopeful studentChikore Takaidza, a Zimbabwean youngster living in Diepsloot, attends the computer academy and is hopeful that he’ll gain the necessary skills to find a job.“I’m going to get out here a changed person in terms of how I conduct myself in the business world,” he said.Malatjie and his team also help community members find employment. In addition to drafting CVs for job-seekers, they circulate adverts on vacancies in their internet cafe.Pupils can also visit the organisation’s three centres for career guidance and help to secure study funds.Crafts schoolThe pottery and craftwork academy is another project that’s realising tangible results. Its students, most of whom were once unskilled youngsters, are already producing artistic creations for the market.“The whole aim is to help them generate income for themselves. We now have people who are selling their products, some are exhibiting in markets.”The craft school is also helping unearth talent among once-idle youngsters. “The school doesn’t teach craft, but looks at talent and goes beyond it,” said Malatjie. “We never say to our students your art is nice. We always say go fix this or that.”Their sewing training project has also taken off, noted Malatjie, as they now have necessary material.Ultimate dreamMalatjie’s ultimate dream is to see the majority of Diepsloot youngsters becoming self-reliant and able to find jobs.“We are changing stones into self-moving assets,” he said, referring to Diepsloot’s many youngsters who are despondent about their prospects.“I want people to have success stories, and would like it if one day people say that that organisation made them who they are.”Creating entrepreneurs is part of the organisation’s aim. “If someone starts a business, my people will get jobs,” Malatjie said.Diepsloot Youth Projects lists government and private companies as its funders, but Malatjie said more contributions are needed to sustain initiatives.The organisation is planning to start operating in other underprivileged areas in the near future. “We’re about to spread our wings to other townships,” Malatjie said.last_img read more

Foster builds a network of support

first_imgAs a young woman finding her own way, Lesley Ann Foster started Masimanyane Women’s Rights International that enabled her to grow personally as she helped others. Masimanyane Women’s Rights International executive director, Lesley Ann Foster, is on a mission to end violence against women. (Image: African Feminist Forum)Yvonne FontynOn her first day at what was to become the Masimanyane Women’s Rights International, executive director Lesley Ann Foster says she sat in the empty building and said, “Now what?” She finally had the means to start a shelter to help the many desperate women she had come across in her work with a charity for street children, but she didn’t know where to start.Her benefactor, businessman Reggie Naidoo, who had offered her his premises, told her: “Phone all the women you know; they will tell you what to do.” The women came, to help and to be trained as counsellors. “A friend who worked for Powa [People Opposing Women Abuse] came and 22 women were trained on how to counsel rape survivors,” she said on the phone from her headquarters in East London, on the beautiful Eastern Cape coastline.That was 20 years ago. Today Masimanyane, funded partly by overseas donors and the Department of Social Development, employs 42 full-time staff, with 20 volunteers giving their time on a regular basis. Its 11 centres in Eastern Cape offer medical and legal services and 24-hour counselling, and Masimanyane collaborates with other organisations in South Africa such as the Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development, based in Lenasia, in southern Johannesburg. International presenceFoster herself is a speaker on world platforms – in 2010, together with NGOs from the nine provinces, she compiled a nationwide report for the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and presented the report the following year in Geneva, Switzerland.Working with Norwegian Church Aid, Foster has been instrumental in helping Iraqi women achieve their democratic rights, and in 2012 she took a group of South African activists to the United Nations’ General Assembly after she was invited to address delegates on the global increase in violence against women. She sits on the boards of several international organisations, including Amanitare, the African Partnership for the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls, which has members in 26 countries.Working with women is what gets her up in the morning, says Foster. “I love working with women. What I am doing, I am passionate about… I am focused on bringing women from one point to another.”About the first women she was able to assist at Masimanyane, she says: “I felt attached to them, and to the outcome, but I realised my role was to be a facilitator – to link them with opportunities, then let them take it and run with it.”She loves nothing better than to hear that someone who had approached the centre had achieved her goal – like the woman who had no matric, could not speak English and lived in a rural area but wanted to become a social worker. She heard Foster speak on the radio and plucked up the courage to approach the University of Cape Town, which agreed to help her to do the course. “Now she is doing her honours.”Setting a goal and slowly, step-by-step, achieving it is something to which Foster can relate. She was living with a violent partner and was harassed at work for being a whistle-blower when she had her “Aha” moment and realised where her purpose in life lay. Helping street childrenHer foray into the non-profit sector began when she returned to her home town of East London to spend time with her ailing father. “I had been offered a management position – it was a step up for me,” she says. “But the minute I arrived I felt something tugging at my heart – a feeling that there was something else to do.” At her church she heard about Daily Bread, a street children project, and soon she was helping with fund-raising and running its resource centre, collecting goods and distributing them to needy people. “I trained as a child care giver and was able to open 20 soup kitchens. From the funds we raised we were able to buy farms to house the children. In the seven years I was there we helped about 400 children. Those boys are young men now. I still have contact with them – I am granny to their children.”Things went sour when a colleague told her she had found that funds had been misappropriated. Foster investigated, found evidence and took legal counsel from Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR). At this point her employers began to threaten her. On one particularly difficult day she escaped her office to LHR across the road and as she was talking to the counsellor “she said to me, you are working for disempowered people but here you are, disempowered,” Foster recalls. Aha moment“I had my ‘Aha’ moment,” says Foster. “I left the charity. But I fought the case to the end. I was harassed, I was stalked but I see it as a growing experience now because I gained strength within myself.”Her mother, now 81 and still a committed community worker, advised her against pursuing the case. “I told her I was prepared to die for what I believed in. Once I had admitted to myself what the dangers were, I could go out fearlessly.”It was at that stage that she decided to help women. “During my work with street children I encountered women with huge problems – they were enduring terrible abuse and violence, the children also. But there was no help for them. Lifeline worked in the white community but there were no shelters or counselling services for the black community.“I was 32 and finding my own path – and I have always been of the mind that when I have an experience, I apply it to help other people.”The desire to set up a resource to help the women from her community was born, but help did not come easily. Organisations such as the Black Sash did not have the means, she says, but “Ntombazana Botha of LHR helped, and she is the reason is I started Masimanyane”. Another friend, Mala Naidoo, mentioned that an overseas church had been training South African women as counsellors.It was at that stage that Reggie Naidoo, who ran Ibec, a business to help marginalised entrepreneurs, offered Foster a double-storey house in which to start her centre. After the initial outreach efforts, she was able to fill the house gradually but surely as women arrived – referred by LHR and churches, and coming to train as volunteers.“The name came from the women,” says Foster, looking back on 18 years of active service. “Masimanyane means ‘Let’s support each other’. The organisation’s growth was organic, it was democratic – and we have kept to that in the 18 years.” Counsellor trainingThe first training done with Lifeline, a free phone counselling service, was “traumatic and powerful”, she says. “It was a meeting of different cultures, races and languages – we had interpreters. The fear the black women had of the white women…” It was clear there was a lot of work to be done. At the same time, she says, some psychologists in the city were sceptical: “They did not believe that victims could help each other. But we needed women to stand up.”Foster has made it her business not only to help disempowered women at a practical level, but also to try to change the structures that underpin the inequalities in society. During the first weeks of the centre’s operation she documented the women who had been referred to Masimanyane by LHR. “There was no help for them.” She put a call through to the then minister of justice, Dullah Omar, who happened to be the friend of an uncle. “He sent Vusi Pikoli [then director-general]. He sat with me, discussing what to do. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was deputy justice minister – she came too.“We organised for a petition to demand more services for women. Seven months later we launched Masimanyane – Dullah Omar was the main speaker. It was the right time – 1995 – the time of the transition to a democracy.”Foster was invited to join a committee drawing up the new Domestic Violence Act. Turning pointIn 1996, she went to the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Women’s Citizenship in Brighton, in England – “a turning point”, she says. “I was mesmerised, learning about rape and other issues of violence against women in a global context.” Then came an invitation to attend talks on women’s leadership at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, in the United States. This is where she said she became aware of “women’s human rights. It changed my understanding.” It was exciting for this woman from South Africa to attend Rutgers’ Center for Women’s Global Leadership to undergo training with delegates from all over the world, she said. “It was amazing and it changed my organisation.”While in Brighton, Foster had connected with a Norwegian NGO, the Norwegian Crisis Shelter Movement, which became Masimanyane’s first international partner. “This gave us a global view and platform. We continued to develop those links.” Foster also sits on the board of International Women’s Rights Action Watch, which is active in 122 countries.Yet, despite these measures and those put in place by various governments, discrimination against women and violence against women are growing worldwide. Speaking last year on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Louise Arbour, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that to stem the increase of violence against women and girls, those committing the crimes must be prosecuted. “Most perpetrators of these crimes [enjoy] impunity,” she said.“This impunity is built on a foundation of discrimination and inequality… Unless these inequalities are addressed, including in the economic and social spheres, the violence will persist.”Foster concurs and says the reason for the violence remains that “women are not valued in society as much as men are. This discrimination fosters inequality and the inequality is expressed by some men as violence against women and girls. Patriarchy allows men to experience privilege in every area of their lives and the downside of this is that women are accorded a status lower than that of men.”But she is not dispirited: “South Africa offers much hope and inspiration for women. Yes, we do have high levels of violence against women but we also have powerful programmes to protect women and to advance their human rights. We need to work on implementation of the existing laws and programmes. I have seen young women enter professions that have been closed to them. Our affirmative action programmes are amazing in putting women into leadership positions. There is much to celebrate and be proud of.”Trends and developments offer hope, she says: “The work which is being done to eliminate violence against women in the country is powerful. It has drawn diverse groups of women together and they work on the issue collectively.”It is not just in homes that changes are being made: “I am particularly proud of what Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre has achieved in getting women engaged with their local and provincial governments,” says Foster. “We have worked on strengthening state accountability and this is brilliant because the impact reaches all women in the country.”last_img read more