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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 […]

The Global Compact On Refugees Could Fail Girls and Women

The Global Compact On Refugees Could Fail Girls and Women

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. We must advocate harder than ever before to show that sexual and reproductive health services in emergencies are needed and long overdue “We don’t need reproductive health services here,” a government official told me at the Greece-Macedonia border […]

Sierra Leone Bans Pregnant From Going To School

Sierra Leone Bans Pregnant From Going To School

 Rights activists say the state should address the stigma faced by pregnant girls rather than ostracise them. Pregnant schoolgirls in Sierra Leone will be banned from classes and exams despite sweeping new government measures to improve access to education for all, a state spokesman said on Thursday. The West African country introduced the ban on […]

African Union Shouldn’t Tolerate Banning Pregnant Girls from School

African Union Shouldn’t Tolerate Banning Pregnant Girls from School

In June, Burundi joined a small group of African countries that ban pregnant girls from continuing with formal education in government schools. Burundi’s Education Ministry banned the boys who get the girls pregnant as well as the girls themselves from going to public or private school. Burundi’s ban is contrary to the country’s constitution and many domestic laws , and undermines […]

Saving Girls From Sexual Exploitation

Saving Girls From Sexual Exploitation

 More than 100 girls in sexual exploitation areas in Lilongwe through Theatre for a Change Malawi (TfaC) have been reached out with Tingathe project, a programme which conveys knowledge on sexual reproductive health and child protection. TfaC is an organization which started in 2007 with a purpose of improving sexual reproductive health for marginalized, vulnerable […]

Entrepreneurship Platform Initiative Inspires Women, Youths to Embark On Profitable Ventures

Entrepreneurship Platform Initiative Inspires Women, Youths to Embark On Profitable Ventures

Panelists at the first Lagos seminar of the Entrepreneurship Platform Initiative (EPI), have urged budding entrepreneurs particularly women and youths to be innovative and aspire beyond their set business targets. The panelists in their respective remarks at the forum encouraged women to take advantage of their God given skills and develop great business ideas so […]

Erratic Weather Pushes Girls Into Risky Domestic Work In Mali

Erratic Weather Pushes Girls Into Risky Domestic Work In Mali

 From sweeping to fetching water, washing children to cooking, Sitan Coulibaly’s day as a maid in Bamako begins at 6 am and finishes well after dusk. The 17-year-old is used to hard work – but as a farmer, growing millet on her parents’ farm in Babougou, in central Mali. “I haven’t been home in over […]

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