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Woman Flogged For ‘Unauthorised Marriage’

Woman Flogged For ‘Unauthorised Marriage’

 A sentence of flogging was carried out by Omdurman Criminal Court on Tuesday against a woman who married without the consent of her father and brothers, even though her marriage was authorised and witnessed. The defence lawyer said the flogging sentence was carried out after the woman and her child completed more than eight months […]

African Union To Rebuild Gender Sentiments

African Union To Rebuild Gender Sentiments

The African Union has apologised over allegations of gender-related discrimination made by its women staff. Last week, The East African published a story quoting memos issued by a group of women who condemned discrimination and utter disregard of female employees especially in the African Union Commission’s Peace and Security organ. This week, AUC deputy chair […]

First Lady Gertrude Condemns Gender Based Violence

First Lady Gertrude Condemns Gender Based Violence

 The country’s First Lady, Professor Gertrude Mutharika on Thursday condemned the acts of violence and abuses that women, girls and children in the country go through. The First Lady was speaking during one of the events of a campaign branded ‘Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG)’ held at Ndungunya Primary School in Phalombe District. […]

Can Muslim Feminism Find a Third Way?

RABAT, Morocco — Last month, Asma Lamrabet, a well-known Moroccan feminist, resigned from her position at the Mohammedan League of Scholars, where she headed a center of women’s studies in Islam. She was pushed to resign, she explained in a statement, by the backlash over her support for a demand that remains controversial in the […]

New Land Law To Promote Welfare, Dignity Of Malawi Women

New Land Law To Promote Welfare, Dignity Of Malawi Women

LandNet, a non governmental organization (NGO) affiliated in issues of land governance, has hailed government for the enactment of Land Act, a Law it observed will safeguard and promote the welfare and dignity of women and other marginalized members of the society. The observation was made by National Coordinator for LandNet, Emmanuel Mlaka, during awareness […]

Taking Parliament To The People – Getting Women To Be Politically Alert And Involved

Taking Parliament To The People – Getting Women To Be Politically Alert And Involved

During day two of the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the South African Parliamentary delegation participated in a wide range of discussions, including one titled “Parliaments deliver for rural women and girls,” organised by the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. Parliament’ six-member multiparty delegation, led by the […]

Women Do Not Possess Their Land Because They Are Oblivious Of The Law

Women Do Not Possess Their Land Because They Are Oblivious Of The Law

 Many women in Kenya do not know that the constitution promises to eliminate gender discrimination in law, customs and practices related to property, leaving thousands at risk of homelessness Less than 2 percent of title deeds issued in Kenya since 2013 went to women, campaigners said on Tuesday, dashing hopes raised by constitutional reform granting […]

The Battle For Women’s Rights Yet To Be Won – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Battle For Women’s Rights Yet To Be Won – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia’s ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged women to “Dream Big” on International Women’s Day. Sirleaf, who served two terms, recently won the prestigious Mo Ibrahim prize in recognition of her work in leading Liberia’s recovery from years of civil war. “I knew that I would be a target [as a woman] but I also […]

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal […]

#The Time Is Now : Lesotho Judges Strike A Blow Against Patriarchy

#The Time Is Now : Lesotho Judges Strike A Blow Against Patriarchy

In a Valentine’s Day gift to the women of Lesotho, that country’s High Court has found it was illegal and invalid for the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to demand that women soldiers do not become pregnant during their first five years in uniform – on pain of dismissal. The court’s decision, handed down on 14 […]