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LOUD WHISPERS: A State Of Emergency On Sexual Violence

LOUD WHISPERS: A State Of Emergency On Sexual Violence

I have often mentioned in my Loud Whispers columns that I love watching television dramas. One of my favourites is Law and Order – Special Victims Unit. It is a spin-off of the Law and Order television series, based on adventures of the New York Police Department (NYPD). The SVU is an elite squad of […]

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

Today, April 23rd, is designated World Book and Copyright Day by the United Nations. On this day, two years ago, Port Harcourt, Nigeria became UNESCO World Book Capital City (WBCC). The WBCC title is a ‘symbolic nomination to a city in recognition of its efforts in promoting books and reading’. The city holds this title […]

The Story Corner : IELTS For Marriage

The Story Corner : IELTS For Marriage

Ladies and gentlemen, come and hear another thing o. You know the story corner is always buzzing with gist, come and hear this new one. So, on twitter, someone posted that young men have now started using IELTS as criteria to getting a wife material. Don’t worry, I will break it down for you. They […]

Nigerian Govt Trains Women Farmers In Financial Literacy

Nigerian Govt Trains Women Farmers In Financial Literacy

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday in Abuja began a training programme for 80 women picked from across the six geo-political zones. The focus of the training is financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The ministry’s Director of Extension, Karima Babangida, said the initiative is meant to give financial management knowledge to women in […]

SA Urged To Take A Stand Against Abuse

SA Urged To Take A Stand Against Abuse

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has called on South Africans to take a stand and rebuke people in their circles who continue to abuse women and children. “The perpetrators of abuse are people who live among us. We know them and sometimes protect them. We must do better,” Mthembu said on Monday. Last week, […]

Rural Women Slam Govt Over ‘Harare Laws’

Rural Women Slam Govt Over ‘Harare Laws’

Women from the country’s remote villages of Masvingo province have bemoaned failure by authorities to enforce newly crafted human rights reforms they insist were only created to benefit those living in Harare only. This they said this past week during a Heal Zimbabwe Trust organised Women’s Summit to commemorate 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based […]

Over 500,000 People So Far Affected By Floods

Over 500,000 People So Far Affected By Floods

Flooding in Somalia has affected 574,000 people, displacing 370,000 of them, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday. The October flooding, which was unusual for this time of year, has taken humanitarian agencies aback as there are less funding and flexibility in the humanitarian operation, said the OCHA. Prior to […]

Congo Rape Survivors Take To Catwalk To Show Strength

Congo Rape Survivors Take To Catwalk To Show Strength

“When I was designing for them, I didn’t see victims. I just see incredibly strong women,” said designer Tolu Coker Raped in war and now walking tall, survivors of sexual violence take to the catwalk on Monday to model a collection of fabrics designed to show strength and solidarity in the face of abuse. The […]

More Needs To Be Done On Child Marriage – Minister Nyoni

More Needs To Be Done On Child Marriage – Minister Nyoni

The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development has called for more action to eliminate the scourge of child marriages which remains a major impediment to the empowerment of women and girls. Addressing the press early this week, the Women Affairs minister, Sithembiso Nyoni bemoaned the increase in cases of incestuous relationships. […]

Nigeria Loses 68,000 Women Yearly to Pregnancy, Childbirth Complications

Nigeria Loses 68,000 Women Yearly to Pregnancy, Childbirth Complications

Prof. Dolapo Lufadeju, the National Coordinator, Rotary International Project on National Family Planning Campaign, says Nigeria is losing 68,000 women yearly as a result of pregnancy and childbirth complications. Lufadeju disclosed this on Thursday during the South West Family Planning Campaign Project of Rotary International in Ibadan. He said the figure represented 23 per cent […]

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