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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 […]

CSW60: Toyin Saraki’s Wellbeing Foundation makes a case for adolescent girls.

CSW60: Toyin Saraki’s Wellbeing Foundation makes a case for adolescent girls.

The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is presently taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and will run till March 24, 2016. It has in attendance representatives of member States, UN entities and ECOSOC- accredited non-governmental organizations (NGO) from all regions of the World. Wellbeing Foundation Africa, […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Steps Up Drive to Curb Sexual Violence, Shake Off ‘Rape Capital’ Tag

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Steps Up Drive to Curb Sexual Violence, Shake Off ‘Rape Capital’ Tag

London — Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is stepping up efforts to combat rape in a bid to shake off the label of being the “rape capital of the world”, the presidential adviser on sexual violence said on Thursday. Sexual violence in Congo is often regarded as a by-product of years of fighting in the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: #MySistersKeeper2016

LOUD WHISPERS: #MySistersKeeper2016

One day, when I was still working at the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in Ghana which I Co-Founded as Executive Director, one of my staff members from the Grants department, Ndey Jobarteh, brought me a newspaper article to read. It was a report in the Daily Graphic, one of the national newspapers, about a […]