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Floggings To forced Marriages – Women’s Freedoms Under Threat From Taliban

Floggings To forced Marriages – Women’s Freedoms Under Threat From Taliban

As the Taliban sweeps across Afghanistan, reports are emerging of women in newly captured territory being forced to marry fighters, publicly flogged and forced to stay at home. It took the Taliban just over a week to seize control of the country after a lightning sweep that ended in Kabul as government forces, trained for years and equipped by the United States and […]

PM Reserves 30 Percent of Parliament Seats for Women in Upcoming Poll

PM Reserves 30 Percent of Parliament Seats for Women in Upcoming Poll

 Nearly a third of Somalia’s parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women’s rights campaigners in the Horn of Africa nation. While welcoming Saturday’s announcement by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, some women’s groups cautioned that implementing the measure in […]

African Women Are Leading Community Responses to Covid-19 Crisis

African Women Are Leading Community Responses to Covid-19 Crisis

From providing meals to hygiene promotion and mask-making, grassroots groups working on climate, conflict and other issues are crafting local responses to the pandemic Whether you’re an urban resident living in South Africa’s Cape Town or a Maasai tribesperson in rural Kenya, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how women are negatively affected by both the […]

COVID-19 Aggravates Plight Of Women In Africa

COVID-19 Aggravates Plight Of Women In Africa

As governments divert resources to deal with the public health crisis, safety, security and access to justice services will no longer be readily available to victims of domestic violence. This is according to a report by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa. Speaking during an online media briefing […]

Women In Maritime Africa Group Berths In Nigeria

Women In Maritime Africa Group Berths In Nigeria

Women In Maritime Africa (WIMAFRICA), a continental body of African Women in the Maritime industry has debuted to promote female gender participation in Nigeria’s shipping sector. The newly- elected President of Africa Women in Maritime (WIMA), Nigeria chapter, Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere, in her acceptance speech said her regime would alleviate the hardship confronting women […]

Tanzania: Umati Donates 5 Million/ – To ‘Under-Age Mothers’ In Mara

Tanzania: Umati Donates 5 Million/ – To ‘Under-Age Mothers’ In Mara

 Family Planning Association of Tanzania (UMATI) has issued 5m/- loan to five women groups in Mara Region under a project called Mobilising Action to safeguard rights of girls that is funded by FORWARD UK and Comic Relief, all from UK. The loans will enable 50 young women who are either victims of child marriage or […]

The Literacy Injustice: 493 Million Women Still Can’t Read

The Literacy Injustice: 493 Million Women Still Can’t Read

Educating girls is now at the core of much development thinking and programming, but illiteracy among women and older adolescent girls outside formal education is an increasingly critical issue that risks falling between the gaps. Of the 774 million adults (15 years and older) who still cannot read or write, two–thirds of them (493 million) […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Impunity Of ‘Nothing’.

LOUD WHISPERS:  The Impunity Of ‘Nothing’.

Last week there were news reports of a female student in Rohtak, in the northern State of Haryana, India, who was gang raped by the same five men who had raped her in 2013. After the attack three years ago, two of the suspects were charged to court. The case is still pending in the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Five Things Senator Dino Melaye Needs To Do

LOUD WHISPERS: Five Things Senator Dino Melaye Needs To Do

Dear Senator Dino Melaye, I hope all is well with you. I trust you had a safe trip back to Abuja after your ‘Show of Strength’ walk on Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. It seems your walk was not properly advertised in advance, otherwise you would have been very warmly received by Lagos boys. I am […]

The 5 Most Frustrating Things About Trying to Lose Weight

The 5 Most Frustrating Things About Trying to Lose Weight

Real talk: At some point, every woman working to lose weight gets seriously annoyed. Between the diet soda cravings and recipe fatigue, it’s enough to make you want to flip a table. But since your reaction to those setbacks is crucial to reaching your goal, you’ve got to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Here’s […]