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Current Awareness 2019: March

Topics of general research interest

What is current awareness

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

Website of the month

The website for the month of March is the South African Commission for Gender Equality

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[Image from CGE home page.]

The CGE is a constitutional entity, relied upon to ‘strengthen constitutional democracy’. 

Further reading

About the monthly awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

Selected noteworthy days

Noteworthy days and time periods in March 2019 include:

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[Image from SABC News]

1-30 Human Rights Month (South Africa)

1-30 TB Awareness Month (South Africa)

08 March 2019 International Women's Day

08 March 2019 DIRCO marks International Women’s Day, Pretoria, South Africa

10-16 March 2019 World Glaucoma Week

12 March 2019 Commonwealth Day

15 March 2019 World Consumer Rights Day

20 March 2019 March Equinox

21 March 2019 Human Rights Day 

21 March 2019 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

22 March 2019 World Water Day

25 March 2019  International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

In the media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:





Looking for upcoming 2019 conferences?

If you are looking for 2019's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden oldies


Gearon, Liam. Ed. (2002) Human rights and religion: a reader

"This book examines the complex relationship between religion and human rights."

Ibhawoh, Bonny. (2018) Human rights in Africa.  

"Human rights have a deep and tumultuous history that culminates in the age of rights we live in today, but where does Africa's story fit in with this global history?" 

Murray, Rachel. (2019) The African Charter on Human and People's Rights: a commentary

"The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) is the principle regional human rights treaty for the African continent. Adopted in 1981, there is now a significant body of jurisprudence and interpretation by its African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the recently established African Court."