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Africa’s Most Innovative And Controversial Tech Hacks

Africa’s Most Innovative And Controversial Tech Hacks

Africa may be taking a great leap forward into the digital era. But when technology reaches a new area, the hackers are never far behind. Many are familiar with the African hacker cliche: revolving around a badly written email from someone, claiming to be a friend, for example, who has been mugged and needs an […]

Kenya: More Women Needed To Hold Top Jobs In Banks

Kenya: More Women Needed To Hold Top Jobs In Banks

Women hold about 29 per cent of top jobs in the banking sector, showing there is room for more gender inclusion. A survey by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) further shows that women occupied 20 per cent of board positions with only two serving as chairpersons. The survey included 20 banks. Low gender diversity […]

Kenya: Miss World Kenya Stripped Of Title Amid Claims of a Rash ‘Personal Life’

Kenya: Miss World Kenya Stripped Of Title Amid Claims of a Rash ‘Personal Life’

Miss World Kenya 2016 Roshanara Ebrahim has been stripped of her title. According to Ashley’s, owners of the Miss World Kenya franchise, the decision was due to personal reasons. In a statement, Ashley’s  stated that Roshanara Ebrahim will no longer be representing the country both domestically and internationally as Miss World Kenya. “A grave situation […]

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years. But how are phones and the internet changing the lives of ordinary Africans? And […]

Kenya’s Rapid Urbanisation Takes Toll On Maasai Communal Land

Kenya’s Rapid Urbanisation Takes Toll On Maasai Communal Land

It’s just before sunset, the time of day when Maasai herdsman Josphat Ole Tonkei would have been counting his herd of cows after hours in the grazing fields, a few years ago. Today Tonkei must wait until darkness to perform the check. The routes to grazing fields and water points have been blocked and he […]

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Graça Machel has called for an end to impunity for violations of the rights of women living with HIV, such as forced sterilisation. The former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa was chairing a debate at the International AIDS Conference in Durban last week. She said the international community must develop a new sense […]

EAC Women Business Leaders Call for More Support

EAC Women Business Leaders Call for More Support

Regional governments have been urged to give more support to women in business to enhance entrepreneurship and ensure equitable and sustainable development. Mary Muthoni, the chairperson of Women in Business Committee at Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), said women entrepreneurs have limited access to affordable credit, and lack skills required to provide […]

Can The Internet Reboot Africa?

Can The Internet Reboot Africa?

You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you’ll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone. There’s free Facebook, mobile banking, […]

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

In March, Kenya became one of 60 countries to have developed an action plan to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace and security. Besides the principles of the 2010 Constitution, the action plan – like the resolution – focuses on four pillars, namely prevention; protection; participation […]

Kenya: Commission In Bid To Revive Two-Third Gender Rule Debate

Kenya: Commission In Bid To Revive Two-Third Gender Rule Debate

The gender equality commission has warned that both Houses of Parliament will be declared unconstitutional if the two-third gender rule is not implemented. National Gender Equality Commission Chairperson Winfred Lichuma said since MPs failed to pass a Bill, time has come for the National Assembly to provide an alternative way to achieve the rule. “I […]