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History Made As Kenyan Army Names First Female Spokesperson

History Made As Kenyan Army Names First Female Spokesperson

Zipporah Kioko is the new Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesperson, becoming the first woman officer to hold the position. Col Kioko has replaced Col Paul Njuguna, who is set to undergo an advanced course and be redeployed. On Friday, Defence Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said that Col Kioko’s appointment is part of the gender mainstreaming […]

U.S. Soccer scores Victory In Equal Pay Suit With Women’s Team Players

U.S. Soccer scores Victory In Equal Pay Suit With Women’s Team Players

The U.S. women’s soccer team’s claims for equal pay were dismissed by a court on Friday, handing a victory to the United States Soccer Federation. Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California threw out players’ claims that they were underpaid in comparison with the men’s national […]

Empowering Women Through Gender Equality

Empowering Women Through Gender Equality

As Zimbabwe’s 40th Independence anniversary draws close, the need arises to reflect on milestones so far achieved on women empowerment through Government’s efforts since 1980. Since time immemorial, women have managed to keep their heads above the rising tornadoes of their existence by defying societal restrictions that allow men, as human deities, to be in […]

India’s Top Court Orders Gender Equality In Navy

India’s Top Court Orders Gender Equality In Navy

India’s top court on Tuesday ordered the navy to treat male and female officers equally, rejecting the government’s argument that women could not be sailors because there were no separate bathrooms on ships as “illusory”. The Supreme Court also instructed the government to give all women officers permanent contracts with the same benefits as men, […]

Again Many Male Senators Resist Inclusion of Gender Equality in Nigerian Constitution

Again Many Male Senators Resist Inclusion of Gender Equality in Nigerian Constitution

The Nigerian lawmaker have again resisted the inclusion of gender parity in the constitution by voting to oppose it on Tuesday. Similarly, the eighth Senate in 2017 also rejected a bill that sought 35 per cent affirmative action for women as ministers.   The voting was also done by a voice vote, thus making it […]

What Happens When We Protest – #MeToo in Northern Nigeria

What Happens When We Protest – #MeToo in Northern Nigeria

Last November, I went to the police headquarters in Niger state to seek approval for a protest. The rally for which I hoped to get formal permission and security was against sexual and gender-based violence. It had been convened by social development worker Fakhrriyyah Hashim and coordinated by writer Hassana Maina who, a few months […]

Stakeholders Urge Men To Join The Fight For Gender Equality

Stakeholders Urge Men To Join The Fight For Gender Equality

Involving men in broader deliberations towards women empowerment is crucial for accelerating the journey towards gender equality. Even though women are at the forefront of this development, they need to work together with men so that challenges that are still hindering women empowerment are addressed. This notion was put forward during celebrations of International Women’s […]

U.N. Women’s Meeting Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

U.N. Women’s Meeting Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Curtailing a major United Nations meeting on gender equality over coronavirus fears could be a blow to progress in women’s rights and needs to be rescheduled to include diverse voices, participants and observers said on Monday. The annual two-week U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) promoting equality and women’s empowerment was scaled back […]

R15 Million Set Aside For GBV Council

R15 Million Set Aside For GBV Council

National Treasury will over the next three years allocate an additional R15 million for the establishment of a National Council to combat gender-based violence and femicide. “Its budget will increase to R853 million in 2022/23, with a focus on strengthening interventions for women’s economic empowerment; promoting the rights of people with disabilities; and supporting youth […]

Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

On 24 February, the Commission for Gender Equality launched its investigative report on the forced sterilisation of women at KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng hospitals. Among numerous horrendous revelations, the report brought to light inadequacies in the country’s healthcare process to obtaining patients’ consent. In March 2015, Her Rights Initiative and International Community of Women Living with […]

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