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One In Four Women Is Not Free To Say No To Sex – U.N. Research

One In Four Women Is Not Free To Say No To Sex – U.N. Research

Only about half the world’s women can make their own decisions on sexual consent and health care, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning such limited rights stand in the way of gender equality. One in four women were not free to say no to sex, and a higher proportion were unable to make their […]

Women On the Front Line To Hold The Country Together After Polls

Women On the Front Line To Hold The Country Together After Polls

When Gladys Mbuya spoke at the African Peer Review Mechanism meeting in Kigali, her voice shook. She described her life as an internally displaced person in the violence ravaging her country, Cameroon. Her pre-conflict status in life stands in sharp contrast. Mbuya is the Queen Mother of Alatening village, and head of the women’s traditional […]

Cambodia Orders Women Not Look Sexy On Facebook

Cambodia Orders Women Not Look Sexy On Facebook

A crackdown in Cambodia on women who wear provocative clothing while selling goods via Facebook live streams was slammed by women’s rights groups on Wednesday as dangerous and baseless. Prime Minister Hun Sen said low cut tops were an affront to Cambodian culture and ordered authorities to track down Facebook vendors who wear them to […]

Cheap As Bread, Girls Sell Sex To Survive Crisis In Africa

Cheap As Bread, Girls Sell Sex To Survive Crisis In Africa

Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex – sometimes for less than the cost of bread – to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country […]

Women Bear Brunt Of Work Without Pay

Women Bear Brunt Of Work Without Pay

Women in the region are spending long hours doing necessary but unquantifiable work, leaving them with little or no time for work that is economically productive and earns them money. In Tanzania, women spend 3.5 times more minutes per day on unpaid care and domestic work than men. It is three times more minutes per […]

Violent Attack In Burkina Faso Leaves Dozens Of Women Dead, Draws Censure Of UN Chief

Violent Attack In Burkina Faso Leaves Dozens Of Women Dead, Draws Censure Of UN Chief

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly” condemned an attack carried out yesterday by unidentified gunmen in northern Burkina Faso. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the incursion, which took […]

In A Southern Indian Town, Women Prepare For First New Year Party

In A Southern Indian Town, Women Prepare For First New Year Party

Sithara Shahnawaz is torn between wearing a gown or a traditional salwar kameez when she attends the first all-night New Year’s Eve party for women in her hometown in southern India. The local government at Perinthalmanna, a small municipality of about 50,000 people in the state of Kerala, is holding week-long New Year celebrations exclusively […]

‘We Live In An Age Where Women No Longer Need To Lose Out’

‘We Live In An Age Where Women No Longer Need To Lose Out’

The achievements of women students and academics – often against all odds – took centre stage during the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) commerce graduation ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, 13 December. Although the theme may not have been intentional, the grace and strength with which women tackle their academic work in tandem with […]

You Can Get Lung Cancer Even If You’ve Never Smoked

You Can Get Lung Cancer Even If You’ve Never Smoked

Long before vaping became trendy, the best way to get a nicotine fix was (and often still is) by smoking cigarettes. While older generations might have feigned ignorance about the dangers or been straight-up misled by tobacco manufactures and even physicians, anyone who grew up after 1990 was well-acquainted with the risks and made a relatively informed choice […]

Women Want In As Internet Revolution Creeps Into Chad

Women Want In As Internet Revolution Creeps Into Chad

The internet revolution is coming – old news in much of the world but not in Chad, a tech laggard where women languish at the very back of the line when it comes to connectivity. With just 6.5% of the population online, Chad has the 6th lowest rate of internet usage in the world, according […]

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