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Rwanda: Tanzania, Rwanda For Boosting Women Posts

Rwanda: Tanzania, Rwanda For Boosting Women Posts

Rwanda and Tanzania have won accolades for involving more women in decision making. African Union Commission commissioner for political affairs Aisha Abdullahi said Rwanda was the top most country in the world with women in decision making structures. “In Rwanda, women are visible by their presence in the state sphere, civil society sphere and the […]

Japan Vows To Boost Women’s Leadership And Development

Japan Vows To Boost Women’s Leadership And Development

A fundamental pillar of Japanese policy has been the realization of a society where women shine. As a result, in the past three years, more than 90,000 women have entered the Japanese labour market. A goal for women to occupy about 30 per cent of leadership positions by 2020 has already been exceeded among newly […]

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

I have just returned from Accra, Ghana, where I went to attend a panel discussion on African Women and Philanthropy, to mark the 15th anniversary of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) the first Africa-wide grant making foundation. I co-founded AWDF in 2000 with Joana Foster (Ghana) and Hilda Tadria (Uganda), and we began operations […]

Breast Cancer: The Wake-Up Call

Breast Cancer: The Wake-Up Call

The gun went off, signifying the start of the 5-mile road race on Mother’s Day weekend in May 2016 — and for a moment, I could not move. A pain in my back, more devastating than anything I had ever felt, held me back. But I pushed past it. As a breast cancer survivor and world-class triathlete […]

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. In Gasovu, Muhanga District, a […]

Three Women To Join Kagame’s African Union Reform Team

Three Women To Join Kagame’s African Union Reform Team

At least three eminent women are set to join President Paul Kagame’s team that is charged with spearheading reforms at the African Union. After The EastAfrican exclusively reported the appointment of Carlos Lopes, Donald Kaberuka, Strive Masiyiwa and Acha Leke to the team, one of the president’s 1.5 million Twitter followers questioned why no woman […]

‘Ogun, Oyo, Ondo Top in Violence Against Women’

‘Ogun, Oyo, Ondo Top in Violence Against Women’

States that have not domesticated the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 (VAPP) have been blamed for the increasing rate of women abuse in the South West. Among the states that top the list are Ogun, Oyo and Ondo. The disclosure was made by participants at a one-day workshop organised by the New Initiative for […]

Uganda Women Demand Museveni Campaign Sanitary Pads Pledge

Uganda Women Demand Museveni Campaign Sanitary Pads Pledge

A group of 37 non-government organisations dealing in the promotion of girl-child rights have asked President Museveni to honour his campaign pledge and deliver the sanitary pads he promised during the presidential campaigns early this year. Addressing journalists yesterday, Elliot Orizaarwa Tumwijukye, the executive director Women and Girl Child Development Association (WEGCDA), said since the […]

U.S. African Development Foundation and GE Africa Announce New Partnership for Women & Energy Challenge

U.S. African Development Foundation and GE Africa Announce New Partnership for Women & Energy Challenge

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and GE Africa are pleased to announce a partnership for a new 2017 Off-Grid Energy Challenge targeted toward African women-owned and managed energy enterprises and innovations.  Since 2013, GE has partnered with USADF to fund a total of $5.0 million in awards and 50 African energy entrepreneurs who have […]

Botswana: Ransome Advocates for More Women in Politics

Botswana: Ransome Advocates for More Women in Politics

British High Commissioner to Botswana, Ms Katy Ransome, says it is important to have more women in politics because they bring different perspective on issues and things that they discuss. Speaking at a reception to welcome 44 women from 11 constituencies, who attended the first of the five women in politics workshops, September 16, Ms […]