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Malawi First Lady Commits To Girl Child Nutrition Improvement

Malawi First Lady Commits To Girl Child Nutrition Improvement

First lady Dr Gertrude Mutharika Wednesday renewed her commitment to the girl child education by improving nutrition among them. She said this in Lilongwe during the official opening of the second 2016 International Food and Nutrition Research dissemination conference. “As I was listened to the presentation on how increased girl education is linked to improved […]

Gender Inequality Starts Young: Household-Chores Young

Gender Inequality Starts Young: Household-Chores Young

Around the world, girls between the ages of five and 14 spend 550 million hours on household chores, 160 million more hours than boys in the same age group, according to a report from Unicef titled “Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls.” Girls aged five to nine spend an average of four hours a […]

How To Keep Your Child Safe From Sexual Predators – {For The Girl Child}

How To Keep Your Child Safe From Sexual Predators – {For The Girl Child}

1. Recognize that sexual abuse could happen to your child. It’s estimated that one out of every four girls and one out of six boys will experience sexual abuse, according to the American Psychological Association. 2. Recognize that the predator will most likely be someone you know. Chances are, it won’t be a stranger offering […]

Liberia To Observe ‘International Day Of The Girl Child’

Liberia To  Observe ‘International Day Of The Girl Child’

Liberia will join nations of the world to celebrate the “International Day of the Girl Child,” on October 11 as a Working Holiday. A proclamation issued by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the event will be celebrated under the global theme, “Girls Progress – Goals Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement,” while the Day will […]

Malawi’s fearsome chief, terminator of child marriages

Malawi’s fearsome chief, terminator of child marriages

The mild-mannered woman who zips around a farmhouse packed with knick-knacks and insists her guests eat a meal before any introductions, presents a character at odds with her fearsome reputation of being Malawi’s top marriage terminator. Thirteen years ago, Theresa Kachindamoto could not have conceived of ever leaving her job of 27 years as a […]

Honour Roll – Child Brides Return to School

Honour Roll – Child Brides Return to School

When Fati was 12-years old, her father removed her from school in Niamey and sent her to Nigeria to marry a 40-year-old man. A year later, she was hospitalized with injuries inflicted by her new husband. It took several months before she was well enough for discharge, and while she was still in the hospital […]

Ese Oruru, the girl-child and a nation’s shame

Ese Oruru, the girl-child and a nation’s shame

Three different incidents in the last week cast, poignantly, in bold relief the plight of the girl-child in Nigeria. Thanks to The Punch newspaper which launched the #FreeEse, #JusticeforEse campaign and the civil society groups that took up the fight in a spirited manner. With the outrage and outcry that followed, within 72 hours, this […]

Girls not brides!

A hearty Gbosa!(Well done!) to Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and her team for setting up this forum. It is much needed and long overdue. A very loud Gbosa! (Well done!) also goes to all the people who worked towards making marriage for people under the age of 18 illegal in Zimbabwe. This victory in Zimbabwe became even […]

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya is about to mark the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), at a time when the country has taken many steps forward. However, while overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization of FGM is increasing. According to the Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, […]

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