This image was painted by 10 year old Anujath Sindhu Vinaylal and is titled ‘My Mother and other Mothers in the Neighbourhood.’ It has risen to prominence as it was recently made the cover of the Government of Kerala’s Gender budget for 2020-2021. It is reported that Vinaylal drew this picture after his father made remarks about his mother that "she is just a housewife, she doesn't work." The painting captures the diverse roles played by both his mother and other women in his neighbourhood, supporting their homes and their communities.

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Did you know that in the mid-16th century, Africans made up 10% of the population of Lisbon? The Portuguese slave trade forcibly exported up to 400,000 enslaved Africans into Lisbon by 1761. However, it was not just enslaved people that made the journey from Africa. Free African men and women also travelled, some for further education and training for the purpose of becoming missionaries, interpreters and envoys of the Portuguese Crown, on their return to Africa. The Portuguese had also formed strong alliances with the then Kingdom of Congo and in 1882, the new Queen Amália of Congo threw a lavish party in Lisbon, to celebrate her coronation.

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Did you know that over 1,500 languages are spoken in Africa, with some estimates placing that number as high as 2,000? African languages are mainly separated into 4 main groups: Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Saharan (also called Niger-Congo), and Khoisan. Inter-ethnic languages are also used to communicate in many areas, with languages like Arabic, Amharic, Hausa and Swahili used by millions living in the continent.

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Did you know that some historians estimate as many as one in four cowboys were black? In the American West, much of the work of raising cattle was performed by black Americans, both before and after the abolition of slavery, and many of the most famous tropes of the American cowboy may have their roots in the stories of black cattle workers.

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Did you know that Berlin will rename 'Moor Street' after black philosopher Anton Wilhelm Amo?

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Did you know that at one point, Benin City, capital city of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Benin, boasted a network of earthen walls longer than the Great Wall of China?

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In the early 1700s, an African slave in Boston named Onesimus saved generations by sharing with his master Cotton Mather, an influential minister, a revolutionary way to prevent smallpox.

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