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LOUD WHISPERS: Mama Uche

LOUD WHISPERS: Mama Uche

Let me tell you the story of Mama Uche. She was a dutiful wife to Baba Uche, and had been married to him for at least twenty years with four children. Almost every day of her life with Baba Uche, he told her how useless she was, how stupid she was and how she was […]

Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women And Girls

Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women And Girls

One of the most devastating human rights violations Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted […]

AfDB Supports ’50 Million Women Speak’ Initiative

AfDB Supports ’50 Million Women Speak’ Initiative

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is spearheading the development of an innovative networking platform called ’50 Million Women Speak (50MWS)’, developed within the framework of the programme on Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA). The move aimed at ensuring access to information on financial and non-financial services for women is riding on the […]

What Are Women’s Human Rights?

What Are Women’s Human Rights?

Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. As […]

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 […]

We Cannot Be Silent On ‘Honour-Based’ Violence

Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani has brought forward a motion that certain crimes against women should no longer be described in relation to ‘honour’. Her rationale sounds reasonable – that describing these crimes differently has meant that police have been treating them as less serious; that they have been avoiding dealing with these crimes due to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

I have a confession to make. One of my secret pleasures is reading the Fashion Court pages of Sunday Sun, one of the Nigerian national newspapers. The Fashion Court pages feature women in bizarre outfits  that provide ‘Too Much Information’. Some of the outfits are so alarming you wonder how anyone could leave the four […]

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

 With tumultuous colonial occupation, civil war and genocide that led to the death of an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis in 1994, Rwandans historically endured massive displacements and human rights abuse. Thus, in the 21st century, the rectification of Rwanda’s previously untenable land governance system has become a major priority. Between 2004 and 2014, with […]

5 Habits Professional Women Should Break

5 Habits Professional Women Should Break

1. Apologizing This one is probably something that could be applied to all women everywhere, but especially in a professional realm. Women, for whatever reason, feel compelled to say, “I’m sorry!” for a lot of things that don’t warrant an apology, especially when it comes to asking clarifying questions and/or asking for something we know you […]

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