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Career & Motherhood: Ways to Make It Work

Career & Motherhood: Ways to Make It Work

“I’m just afraid I’m not doing enough as a mother—and maybe I’m not even doing it right at all.” A young working mom, her eyes misty and tired from little sleep, quietly shared that with me. And I’ve had a version of this conversation with too many women recently. But I’ve been there, too. To […]

Angola Works for Women Empowerment

Angola Works for Women Empowerment

The efforts made by the Angolan authorities to reduce gender inequalities and women’s empowerment were highlighted in Brasília by the Minister of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion, Vitória da Conceição. The Angolan minister was speaking in the panel dedicated to each country’s report at the Fifth Meeting of Ministers responsible for gender equality at […]

Women’s Role Vital In Countering Violent Extremism

Women’s Role Vital In Countering Violent Extremism

  Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in terrorist activities around the world, including in South and South-East Asia. The 2016 Global Terrorism Index ranks South Asia as the second most affected region in the world. Women and girls are impacted by rising extremism differently than men and boys. They are often the first […]

Gombe NAWOJ Trains 60 Women In Cancer Detection

Gombe NAWOJ Trains 60 Women In Cancer Detection

The Gombe State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has organised the training of 60 women from the media and other groups in self examination of the breast with the aim of detecting the early sign of cancer to forestall the adverse effect of the decrease. Dr Yusuf Abdullahi, a Histopathology Consultant […]

Zimbabwe: Women’s Empowerment Bank Ready To Roll

Zimbabwe: Women’s Empowerment Bank Ready To Roll

THE setting up of Women Empowerment Bank is at an advanced stage with the bank’s chief executive officer already appointed to kick start the financial institution’s operations before year-end. The bank CEO who is part of the nine member committee, is already smoothening some rough edges to open the bank. This comes after the Reserve […]

The Tech Industry’s Real Problem With Diversity Is Clear. It’s Not The Pipeline

The Tech Industry’s Real Problem With Diversity Is Clear. It’s Not The Pipeline

For women in Silicon Valley, 2017 has been a watershed year. We’ve seen women technologists share their stories of sexual harassment and bias, shocking industry outsiders and even many male colleagues. Susan Fowler’s blog post blew the lid off of Uber’s sexual harassment issues and hostile culture. Soon thereafter, a crew of female entrepreneurs turned […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

I was having a conversation with a group of male and female middle-aged professionals recently. One of the men in the group said that feminists like me are always quick to jump to the defence of women, even when they are in the wrong. According to him, because of intense levels of advocacy against sexual […]

Meet Samantha Ngcolomba, The Lawyer Giving Free Legal Advice To The Most Marginalised Women

Meet Samantha Ngcolomba, The Lawyer Giving Free Legal Advice To The Most Marginalised Women

Attorney Samantha Ngcolomba founded Lady Liberty in 2014. The non-profit organisation travels to poor communities in Gauteng with a mobile office and provides legal information and services to women who do not have access to lawyers. This is in the form of workshops, consultations and further legal services if required. The main areas of focus […]

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

I’m the young brown girl, in the headscarf, who’s hanging onto a cup of coffee for dear life, over a newspaper, sitting next to you on the train. No, I’m not quiet. No, I’m not submissive. No, I’m not oppressed. And, NO, this winged eyeliner is not to impress any silly boy. Shall I tell […]

Women Candidates Face Curses And Worse In Kenyan Elections

Women Candidates Face Curses And Worse In Kenyan Elections

Since entering politics, Kenyan lawmaker Sarah Korere has been insulted, shot at, slapped by a colleague and cursed by tribal elders – but she’s still trying to take a man’s parliamentary seat in one of Kenya’s most violent regions. Korere’s experiences are symptomatic of a wider hate campaign against female candidates in Kenyan politics, women […]

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