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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 […]

The Secret War Crime

The Secret War Crime

First they shot her husband. Then the soldiers killed her two sons, ages 5 and 7. When the uniformed men yanked her daughter from her hands next, Mary didn’t think it could get any worse. Mary and her family were members of the Nuer tribe in South Sudan, caught up in a vicious power struggle […]

Spain rape victim asked by judge if she tried ‘closing her legs’

Spain rape victim asked by judge if she tried ‘closing her legs’

A women’s rights organisation in Spain has lodged a complaint against a female judge who “humiliated” an alleged rape victim by asking whether she had tried closing her legs. The magistrate reportedly interrupted the alleged victim’s account, asking: “Did you close your legs properly? Did you close off your female organs?” The Clara Campoamor association […]

Warriors against FGM

Warriors against FGM

“We protect our community, that’s our first big responsibility.” Twenty-five-year-old Josephat is a “moran” — a young male warrior — from Samburu, northern Kenya. In Samburu culture, young men become morans between the age of 16 and 18. They stay morans until they’re around 30-years-old when they are allowed to marry and become elders. Warrior fashion is very distinctive, […]

Setting and funding agendas for Women’s Human Rights in the Eastern Africa Region

Setting and funding agendas for Women’s Human Rights in the Eastern Africa Region

  There have been a number of considerable achievements in the Eastern Africa Region for the advancement of women. Rwanda ranks the highest in the world for female representation in parliament at 64%. Across the region, the participation of women in politics has increased at local, national and regional levels in all countries of the […]

Faith, Public Responsibility and Women’s Rights

Faith, Public Responsibility and Women’s Rights

For nearly three decades, I have been domiciled in Europe and America while my heart is glued in to my beloved Africa. I have had the previlege of extensive travel in every region of the world and experienced the joy of  hospitality of people so different in every way from me. During this nomadic life, […]