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India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

In a blue plastic barrel, Meenakshi Mookupori packed her belongings for a five-day stay on an island in the Indian Ocean, off the Coromandal coast of south India. Besides her clothes, toothbrush and soap, she included her diving gear – a worn-out pair of black socks, a locally made pair of goggles, cheap plastic slippers, […]

No More Glass Ceiling? Germany Seeks Female Boardroom Quota Deal

No More Glass Ceiling? Germany Seeks Female Boardroom Quota Deal

The German minister for women said on Wednesday she hopes the coalition government will soon agree a quota for women on the executive boards of Germany’s top listed companies, building on a 30% quota on supervisory boards introduced in 2015. Franziska Giffey spoke as she presented the government’s first equality strategy, which bundles together measures […]

Tanzania Government Closes More COVID-19 Centres

Tanzania Government Closes More COVID-19 Centres

The government said yesterday that a significant fall in the number of coronavirus infections has led to the closure of more treatment centres that had been designated to handle Covid-19 patients across the country. The Health Ministry says the country is now remained with 11 treatment centres in operation from the initial 84. Health Minister […]

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for urgent action to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage and other harmful practices carried out against millions of women and girls around the world each year. UNFPA made that call as it presented its State of the World Population report from UN headquarters in Geneva Monday. […]

South Africa Records The Deadliest COVID-19 Outbreak In 24hrs

South Africa Records The Deadliest COVID-19 Outbreak In 24hrs

South Africa recorded its deadliest 24 hours since the Coronavirus outbreak after 128 people succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of the new deaths, 52 are from the Western Cape, 36 from Gauteng, 25 from the Eastern Cape, 11 from KwaZulu-Natal and four from Mpumalanga, bringing the death toll to 2 657. The number of COVID-19 […]

Malawi’s President Chakwera Says Cabinet To Be Lean With 40 Percent Women Representation

Malawi’s President Chakwera Says Cabinet To Be Lean With 40 Percent Women Representation

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has said he would appoint a full “lean” cabinet – which will have no less than 40 per cent of women – as he works towards putting together a functional government to rebuild the country’s comatose economy left by his predecessor Peter Mutharika. The new Malawi leader made the announcement Monday […]

Chakwera Wins Malawi’s Presidential Election

Chakwera Wins Malawi’s Presidential Election

Malawi ‘s newly elected president, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, is expected to be sworn in at Parliament in the administrative capital of Lilongwe by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda as the court-sanctioned presidential elections. Chakwera will take the oath of office as Head of State and government will organise a presidential inauguration ceremony to be held later. […]

Foreign Ministers Flag Climate Change As Major Spark For Conflicts

Foreign Ministers Flag Climate Change As Major Spark For Conflicts

Climate change impacts – including growing food and water scarcity – are becoming increasingly important drivers of conflict and unrest around the world, and security planners need to make them a priority now, foreign ministers warned this week. Addressing them could mean the U.N. Security Council asking for regular reports on threats from climate change […]

Rape Conviction Rates Rise 75% In Sweden After Change In The Law

Rape Conviction Rates Rise 75% In Sweden After Change In The Law

Rape conviction rates in Sweden have risen 75% in two years following a major change in the law, spurring calls on Monday for other countries to revamp their legislation. Sweden changed the legal definition of rape in 2018 to sex without consent. Unlike in many countries, prosecutors do not have to prove the use or […]

Argentina Battles Coronavirus Spike As Pandemic Grips Poverty-Hit ‘Villas’

Argentina Battles Coronavirus Spike As Pandemic Grips Poverty-Hit ‘Villas’

In Villa 31, a densely populated and poor neighbourhood in the heart of Buenos Aires, Lilian Andrade is getting used to tragedy after the area and others like it around the Argentine capital were hit by a spike of coronavirus infections. The spread of the virus in the so-called “villas” underscores how millions of often […]

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