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China’s Marriage Rate Is Plummeting – And It’s Because Of Gender Inequality

China’s Marriage Rate Is Plummeting – And It’s Because Of Gender Inequality

  One of the greatest fears of Chinese parents is coming true: China’s young people are turning away from marriage. The trend is also worrying the government. After a whole decade of increases in the national marriage rate, China witnessed its second year of decline in the number of newly registered unions in 2015, with […]

Syrian Girls Are Being Pushed Into Child Marriage In Lebanese Refugee Camps

Syrian Girls Are Being Pushed Into Child Marriage In Lebanese Refugee Camps

Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before 18; one in nine is married before 15. If the present trend continues, 150 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday over the next decade. That is an average of […]

UN Women Provides Immediate Support To Women In Grande Anse After Hurricane Matthew

UN Women Provides Immediate Support To Women In Grande Anse After Hurricane Matthew

  On October 11, UN Women staff in Haiti visited Jeremie, one of the most affected areas by Hurricane Matthew in the Grande Anse Department, and met with women’s organizations, civil society and local authorities to discuss and respond to the most urgent challenges that women and girls are facing after the catastrophic storm. After […]

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. In Gasovu, Muhanga District, a […]

Maasai Women Of Tanzania Take Charge Of Their Own Lives And Livelihood

Maasai Women Of Tanzania Take Charge Of Their Own Lives And Livelihood

The Maasai in northern Tanzania have the highest rates of child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), illiteracy and poverty among women in the country.  With literacy, entrepreneurship skills and trainings on land rights, women have acquired land for the first time and set up cross-border trade. Villages at the foothills of Mt. Longido, one hour […]

Nigeria’s President Buhari Owes an Apology

Nigeria’s President Buhari Owes an Apology

  As the issue of sexual harassment takes center stage in the US presidential election, many Africans were deeply shocked over sexist and offensive remarks today by one of Africa’s few democratically elected presidents. Rather unusually for a politician’s spouse,Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, publicly criticized her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, and warned that she […]

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iranthe right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graça, the sports federation’s leader. Graça was re-elected as the FIVB’s president at the sports federation’s 35th […]

African Women Scale Heights in Land Rights Protest

African Women Scale Heights in Land Rights Protest

Rojaina and her children used to live in a brick house in a small village in rural Malawi. After a coal mine started operating nearby, she was told to leave her house as the land was needed for mining. Rojaina and her children were given little money to build a new home and she received […]

Boko Haram Has Released 21 Kidnapped Chibok Girls

Boko Haram Has Released 21 Kidnapped Chibok Girls

More than 900 days after Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from Chibok, a town in Nigeria’s northeast, the group has released 21 of them. The girls, with their identities yet to be confirmed, are reportedly being held by Nigerian security forces in Maiduguri, a former Boko Haram stronghold. Before now, only one of the Chibok […]

Regroup, Reboot, Remove The Mask

Regroup, Reboot, Remove The Mask

Keynote Address delivered by Mrs Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Founder, AboveWhispers, at the SHE Forum Africa 2016 Nigerian Women: Endangered? At war? 53% of Nigeria’s 1.9m internally displaced population are women 60% + of Nigerian women live in rural areas with minimal access to safe water, electricity and access to healthcare 60-80% women in the agricultural labour […]