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Africa’s Unsung Army Of Women Wage War On COVID-19

Africa’s Unsung Army Of Women Wage War On COVID-19

Armed with a face mask, notebook and pen, Everlyne Akinyi Omondi sets out each morning from her one-room home in Nairobi’s informal settlement of Kawangware to do a job few others would contemplate in a pandemic. As cases of the new coronavirus climb and Kenyans are told to stay home and avoid human contact, 38-year-old […]

COVID-19 Aggravates Plight Of Women In Africa

COVID-19 Aggravates Plight Of Women In Africa

As governments divert resources to deal with the public health crisis, safety, security and access to justice services will no longer be readily available to victims of domestic violence. This is according to a report by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa. Speaking during an online media briefing […]

Sudan Makes Female Genital Cutting A Crime In ‘New Era’ For Women’s Rights

Sudan Makes Female Genital Cutting A Crime In ‘New Era’ For Women’s Rights

Sudan has criminalised female genital mutilation (FGM), making it punishable by three years in jail, a move campaigners said ushered in a “new era” for women’s rights in the African nation. Almost nine out of 10 women and girls in predominately Muslim Sudan have undergone FGM, United Nations data show. The procedure usually involves the partial […]

One In Four Women Is Not Free To Say No To Sex – U.N. Research

One In Four Women Is Not Free To Say No To Sex – U.N. Research

Only about half the world’s women can make their own decisions on sexual consent and health care, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning such limited rights stand in the way of gender equality. One in four women were not free to say no to sex, and a higher proportion were unable to make their […]

Women On the Front Line To Hold The Country Together After Polls

Women On the Front Line To Hold The Country Together After Polls

When Gladys Mbuya spoke at the African Peer Review Mechanism meeting in Kigali, her voice shook. She described her life as an internally displaced person in the violence ravaging her country, Cameroon. Her pre-conflict status in life stands in sharp contrast. Mbuya is the Queen Mother of Alatening village, and head of the women’s traditional […]

‘We Live In An Age Where Women No Longer Need To Lose Out’

‘We Live In An Age Where Women No Longer Need To Lose Out’

The achievements of women students and academics – often against all odds – took centre stage during the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) commerce graduation ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, 13 December. Although the theme may not have been intentional, the grace and strength with which women tackle their academic work in tandem with […]

Women Face Persistent Gender Gaps In Education And Jobs

Women Face Persistent Gender Gaps In Education And Jobs

Despite widespread popular support for gender equality, African women are still disadvantaged by persistent gender gaps in education, employment, control over key assets, and access to technology, an Afrobarometer has revealed. The analysis, released Monday, reports that although there were substantial cross-country differences, African societies were generally supportive of women’s equality in principle, report considerable […]

Women Are “Africa’s Tigers” – Antoinette Sassou Nguesso

Women Are “Africa’s Tigers” – Antoinette Sassou Nguesso

African women are on the cusp of securing gender equality. “We are convinced that the moment for African women has now come,” said Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, the First Lady of the Republic of Congo. Nguesso made the remarks on Tuesday at a meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) on the […]

Anti-FGM Campaigner Nimco Ali Launches Global Bid To Protect Girls

Anti-FGM Campaigner Nimco Ali Launches Global Bid To Protect Girls

Every country must ban female genital mutilation to protect girls and help end poverty, Somali-born British campaigner Nimco Ali said as she launched a global project to end the practice by 2030. About 3.9 million girls have their external genitalia partially or totally removed every year despite health risks, according to the United Nations Population […]

Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative Announces U.S.$27Million In Grants

Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative Announces U.S.$27Million In Grants

A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to empower women around the developing world economically, announced its initial achievements, including $27 million in grants for projects in 22 countries. The project also reported its first substantial success: backing a change in Ivory Coast family law to make it more equitable to women. Speaking in […]

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