In Africa, there is a deeply entrenched belief that education is wasted on girls, that their lot in life is to raise a family. But the truth is that gender equality in education boosts economic growth. Girls Charge focuses on improving access to quality education in some of Africa's most marginalised communities.
South Africa’s national holidays, such as Heritage Day, can contribute to a common identity and active citizenship, writes Wendy Tlou of Brand South Africa.
"It is not too late for South Africans to become active citizens in a way that really matters – by actively shaping our democracy," writes Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, head of the Methodist Church. "We will all be stronger for it and our institutions will benefit immeasurably."
The difficulties facing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are far greater for women. They often have no access to the economy and receive little or no help from the authorities and law enforcement when it comes to domestic abuse. Their plight has been highlighted during Women's Month.
Since 1994, South Africa has made strides in improving maternal and child healthcare. The Department of Health's latest innovation, text message information service MomConnect, now puts pregnancy information at women's fingertips, on their mobile phones.
From Australia to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Pakistan and now South Africa – Skateistan is using skateboards to offer a future to at-risk youth, particularly young girls. Skating is the hook used to get to grips with complex social issues facing the youth, such as social inequality, youth unemployment, gender discrimination and poverty.
Veterinary services, as well as basic pet care and grooming, are offered through the Mdzananda Animal Welfare Clinic in the Cape Town township. Animals are known to brings smiles to faces and love to the ill and lonely. Improving their lives, improves the lives of their owners.