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LOUD WHISPERS: Prickly Auntie

LOUD WHISPERS: Prickly  Auntie

Maybe I am turning into one of those prickly Aunties we used to avoid when we were young. The ones who always had something to say about what, when, why and where we said or did something. I am usually quite easy going, even if I say so myself. I don’t believe I take myself […]

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 […]

Hundreds Of French Women Protest Against New Interior Minister

Hundreds Of French Women Protest Against New Interior Minister

Hundreds of women protested in central Paris on Friday against the appointment of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who is under investigation for a rape allegation. Darmanin, who denies the allegation, was promoted to the key post of interior minister in a government reshuffle on Monday. Darmanin, 37, had previously served as budget minister. Demanding his […]

All-Female Crew Embarks On Black Sea Patrol In First For Russian Navy

All-Female Crew Embarks On Black Sea Patrol In First For Russian Navy

In a first for the Russian Navy, an all-female navy crew carried out patrols on the Black Sea on Friday in preparation for Russia’s Navy Day celebrations later this month. The crew, onboard a patrol boat, fulfilled a broad array of drills on their maiden voyage, simulating how they would react to an incursion by […]

Sudan To Ban FGM, Strengthen Women’s Rights

Sudan To Ban FGM, Strengthen Women’s Rights

Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hardline Islamist policies. About 3% of Sudan’s population is non-Muslim, according to the United Nations. Alcoholic drinks have been banned since former President […]

Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Across Continent Nears 600,000

Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Across Continent Nears 600,000

As of July 13, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 594,954. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 13,245 and recoveries 295,241. South Africa has the most reported cases – 276,242, with deaths numbering 4,079. Other most-affected countries include Egypt (82,070 cases), Nigeria (32,558), Algeria (19,195), and Ghana (24,518). The numbers […]

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

As soon as Kenya introduced a coronavirus curfew, Dr Jemimah Kariuki, an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Nairobi’s Kenyatta Hospital started seeing more death and complications. “Every time I went to the hospital it was fewer numbers but more complications…and when women died alone in childbirth, I was like ‘in 2020?’ You are dying? Alone?” she said. Mothers […]

UN Rights Investigator Calls On S.Arabia To Free Women Activists

UN Rights Investigator Calls On S.Arabia To Free Women Activists

An investigator for the U.N. Human Rights Council urged member states on Thursday to pressure Saudi Arabia to free women activists before a G20 nations summit which Riyadh will be hosting in November. At least a dozen prominent women’s rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as it lifted a ban on women […]

Malawi’s New Female Cabinet Ministers Vow To Push For Jobs For Women

Malawi’s New Female Cabinet Ministers Vow To Push For Jobs For Women

Malawi’s newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed women to a record 12 of 31 cabinet positions, with the new female leaders vowing to use their roles to help other women. Women now hold 39% of the ministerial and deputy minister roles in the cabinet appointed by Chakwera, 65, who unseated Peter Mutharika in a re-run presidential election […]

Independent Evaluation Of Global COVID-19 Response Amnounced

Independent Evaluation Of Global COVID-19 Response Amnounced

WHO Director-General today announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In remarks to WHO Member States, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson […]

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