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India Mandates All Cell Phones Have “Panic Button” for Women

India Mandates All Cell Phones Have “Panic Button” for Women

The occurrence of rape in India is pervasive. The country averages one rape every four hours, according to a recent report. And to make matters worse, the nation has one of the lowest police-to-citizen ratios in the world. Now government officials are taking unique measures to combat the crisis by mandating that all mobile phone manufacturers, […]

7 Reasons To Want A Woman As Your President

7 Reasons To Want A Woman As Your President

We’ve heard a lot of people say things like, “You can’t vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman.” In the most abstract sense, that’s sort of true. It seems unlikely that anyone who considers themselves politically progressive would advise voting for, say, Sarah Palin over Barack Obama just because of the former’s gender—especially given […]

150 Females Raped, 31 Babies Abandoned In Lagos

150 Females Raped, 31 Babies Abandoned In Lagos

No fewer than 150 females were raped, while 31 babies were abandoned on the streets of Lagos in the last one year. The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said this at a press briefing in Ikeja on Tuesday. Akinbile-Yussuf explained that 150 reported cases of sexual and physical abuse were officially […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Mother Of The Year – The Angelina Option

LOUD WHISPERS: Mother Of The Year – The Angelina Option

A few days ago, I was in a conversation with a friend about the frightening levels of violence against women and girls across Africa. In Nigeria, the levels of abuse have reached such an unprecedented high that we should be clamouring for a state of emergency on the issue. Many times, people say that since […]

You’d Be Mistaken for Thinking That the ANCWL Was a Feminist Organisation

You’d Be Mistaken for Thinking That the ANCWL Was a Feminist Organisation

The ANC Women’s League should be advocates for justice for women. What else would be the point of a Women’s League, right? Yet, their public utterances often make them sound like female proxies of powerful men. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up some of the most un-feminist things the ANCWL has said and done. A quick […]

Afghan women’s radio returns after Taliban attack

Afghan women’s radio returns after Taliban attack

Six months after fleeing a Taliban assault on her city, the owner of an Afghan radio station devoted to women’s rights is back home and returning to the airwaves. Zarghona Hassan is a lifelong activist and the founder of a radio station in Kunduz that until last year reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across […]

Chibok girls – do we really care?

Chibok girls – do we really care?

The world united in a campaign to demand #BringBackOurGirls after the abduction of the Chibok school girls two years ago by the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram. But there has been next to nothing in the way of support to the women that have managed to escape the militants. They are now homeless, reduced to begging […]

6 Stereotypes Women Are Tired of Hearing

6 Stereotypes Women Are Tired of Hearing

As women, we know what it’s like to be stereotyped. We’re sensitive. We’re sweet. We apologize for everything. We love to clean and cook. We like ice cream when we’re heartbroken and shopping on all occasions. And of course, we all worship Beyoncé. While one of these stereotypes might be true (YASSS QUEEN), the others […]

Beyond The Rhetoric, Pomp & Pageantry Of International Women’s Day Celebrations In Nigeria

On March 8th 2016 as in previous celebrations marking the International Women’s day(IWD) across the world, gender architectural structures including the various Ministries of Women Affairs & Social Development or Poverty Alleviation,  and its counterparts in the 36 states of the federation  rolled out drums to mark this day amidst pomp and pageantry. Speeches on progress […]

16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence

16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence

This article was originally published by The Institute for Inclusive Security and PRI. All portraits by Mel Snyder. Whatever their cause, cycles of violence require tenacity, courage, and understanding to break. And violence takes many forms: pernicious abuses behind closed doors, hidden by family members in the name of honor; structural and economic violence that disadvantages certain groups, condemning […]