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First Lady Fatima Bio Launches ’50 Million African Women Speak’ Project

First Lady Fatima Bio Launches ’50 Million African Women Speak’ Project

The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Bio, has yesterday officially launched the “5o Million African Women Speak Platform” project at the Bintumani International Hotel in Freetown. The project worth $13.2 million is an initiative of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS), the East African and […]

Let’s Empower Women To Help Save Africa From Climate Change

Let’s Empower Women To Help Save Africa From Climate Change

Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector according to African delegates as the world prepares to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland, last week. Research shows that when women are involved […]

Beaten, Thrown Out, Property Taken Away, Accused Of Killing Her Husband

Beaten, Thrown Out, Property Taken Away, Accused Of Killing Her Husband

Her in-laws claimed she had used witchcraft to kill her husband, and seized the small house where she lived with her two children in the Zimbabwean capital Harare. “I was accused of bewitching my husband. I am not a witch and I did not kill my husband. It was a terrible experience because everything happened […]

AfDB’sTo Fund Women-Owned Businesses

AfDB’sTo Fund Women-Owned Businesses

Banks operating in Africa have been urged to accelerate funding for women-owned businesses or risk limited lending from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the institution cautioned on Wednesday. AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina made the announcement during an Invest in Women panel discussion at the three-day Africa Investment Forum at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg […]

WAELE Mobilizes Women From 29 Countries On Peace Building

WAELE Mobilizes Women From 29 Countries On Peace Building

A non-profit-making international women organisation, Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment, WAELE, at the weekend, mobilised women from 28 African countries to converge in Abuja for a two-day peace building/training workshop. The Founder, WAELE, Dr Basirat Nahibi-Niasse, in a welcome address said the essence of the training was to equip women who are members […]

Caring For Widows -The Pain, The Guilt, The Journey

Caring For Widows -The Pain, The Guilt, The Journey

I helped set up International Widows Day after seeing the harsh injustices endured by my mother when she became a young widow When my mother was widowed at the age of 37 following my father’s death from tuberculosis her grief was compounded by a cruel social stigma that she endured her whole life. That was […]

Women Should Be Empowered Beyond Owing Lands

Women Should Be Empowered Beyond Owing Lands

In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is that increasing women’s […]

Empowering Women To Be Resistant, Outspoken Against Patriachy

Empowering Women To Be Resistant, Outspoken Against Patriachy

Young women are increasingly at risk of harm during violent conflicts, as seen in the disturbing trend of mass kidnappings, sexual assaults and other violations in sub-Saharan Africa. Examples include the campaign by violent extremist groups such as Boko Haram to undermine the rights of young women through kidnappings, as well as sexual abuse against […]

Every Woman Should Be Respected – Julius Malema Calls

Every Woman Should Be Respected – Julius Malema Calls

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Wednesday called for the respect of all women, both in politics and at home. He was speaking at a memorial service held at the Majwemasweu Stadium in Deeplevel Brandfort, directly opposite the house which Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her children occupied when she was banished by the apartheid police […]

Let’s Teach Women To Maximise Natural Resources For Financial Growth

Let’s Teach Women To Maximise Natural Resources For Financial Growth

This contribution draws on time spent interviewing, walking with villagers and witnessing the eroding base of women’s security and empowerment in rural and informal sectors in some African countries, a trend that has heightened in the last decade. The countries in question share some common features: a colonial legacy of peoples displaced from their ancestral […]

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