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School Girls Resort To Banana Fibres Over Lack Of Pads

School Girls Resort To Banana Fibres Over Lack Of Pads

An independent survey carried out in more than 25 primary schools in Kagadi District has revealed that schoolgirls are using banana fibres as sanitary pads during their menstrual cycle, something that has greatly contributed to school dropout rates and absenteeism. This was contained in a report released last week by Hygiene Water and Sanitation Caritas […]

Dutch Ambassador Urges Government Release Of Violence Probe Report

Dutch Ambassador Urges Government Release Of Violence Probe Report

Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hellemond has urged the Zimbabwean government to release the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the country’s post-election violence of August 1. The disturbances saw six civilians gunned down by what is widely believed to be members of the national army deployed into central Harare on the day […]

World’s Worst Case For Women’s Rights – Death Sentence For Raped Teen In Sudan

World’s Worst Case For Women’s Rights – Death Sentence For Raped Teen In Sudan

 The death sentence for a 19-year-old girl in Sudan who murdered her husband after he tried to rape her was named on Tuesday as the world’s worst court ruling for women’s rights this year. Noura Hussein was sentenced to death in May after a Sharia court, which follows Islamic religious laws, found her guilty of […]

To End HIV, Let’s Invest in Young Women and Girls – Monica Geingos

To End HIV, Let’s Invest in Young Women and Girls – Monica Geingos

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Africa has come a long way, experiencing remarkable economic growth, but to reach our full potential as a continent we need genuine inclusion Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia. The first time I met somebody […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

I told mummy That daddy was hurting me She said, ‘Shhhhhhhhhhh Hush girl Don’t let anyone hear you How dare you?’ She called me a liar She called me a prostitute She called me an evil spirit I was sick for a long time Then all of a sudden, I did not hurt anymore I […]

Menstruation Is Now Expensive For Women And Girls

Menstruation Is Now Expensive For Women And Girls

Menstruation is a perfectly normal biological process that marks a girl’s transition from childhood to fertility. However, for most young girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, this monthly affair is a crisis. Menstruation can be managed with the appropriate sanitary items, but adolescent school-going girls suffer from a host of injustices and barriers to opportunity due to […]

Rural Women and Girls Are Constantly Sidelined

Rural Women and Girls Are Constantly Sidelined

Rural women and girls play vital roles in their families and communities. They produce food, gather water, provide care, and navigate myriad challenges from poverty to environmental disasters, due to climate change. Today marks the International Day for Rural Women. But too often, rural women and girls face extreme challenges in realizing their human rights. […]

NGO Launches Campaign To Empower Girls In South Sudan

NGO Launches Campaign To Empower Girls In South Sudan

As the world marks the International Day of the Girl on Thursday, girls in South Sudan are calling on their government to do more to help them receive an education. Low teacher pay and unqualified teachers are among the problems facing South Sudanese girls, and they want their nation’s leaders to do something about it. […]

Let Her Be A Girl – She Should Not Be Raped, She Should Not Be Molested

Let Her Be A Girl – She Should Not Be Raped, She Should Not Be Molested

They say when a girl child is growing up, she becomes self aware and this self awareness comes with the trusting of a child. She sees everyone as her uncle, aunt, mum and dad. She jumps on them, she sometimes forgets to wear her panties before sitting on the laps of her uncle or father. […]

How Do We Deal With This Script That Is Common To Every Woman

How Do We Deal With This Script That Is Common To Every Woman

A few years ago, Olatorera Oniru, a young Nigerian female entrepreneur, started a fashion company which would later put her on a journey of establishing one of the fastest growing consultancy firms in her country. Oniru is the chief executive officer of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos-based e-Commerce firm that retails fashion, health and beauty products in […]

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