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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 […]

A Screening System Must Be In Place To Catch Sexual Predators – Kevin Watkins

A Screening System Must Be In Place To Catch Sexual Predators –  Kevin Watkins

The head of Save the Children called on Monday for a global screening system for the aid sector to keep sexual predators out of humanitarian operations and said Interpol should be involved. Chief executive Kevin Watkins likened the sexual exploitation crisis which has engulfed the aid world to the 2008 financial crisis and urged charities […]

Anti- FGM Initiatives Yield Good Outcome

Anti- FGM Initiatives Yield Good Outcome

 THE African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Health Africa, Tanzania branch, has saved 3070 girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) in Handeni and Kilindi districts, respectively, between 2014 and 2016. This was revealed by the Resident director of the Non Governmental Organisation, Ms Florence Temu, as an event focused on curbing the ritual, held in […]

The HyperMasculine Culture At Google – Women Speak Up Against The Culture

The HyperMasculine Culture At Google – Women Speak Up Against The Culture

Google’s allegedly hypermasculine internal culture enabled serial sexual harassment of a female engineer, according to a new lawsuit. Loretta Lee, a developer at the search engine between 2008 and 2016, asserts that she was the subject of constant groping, touching and inappropriate conduct. Worse is that Google, intentionally or negligently, allegedly failed to tackle her complaints, which left her […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Her Name Is Fezekile

LOUD WHISPERS: Her Name Is Fezekile

In November 2005, a young woman who became known as ‘Khwezi’, accused then South African Deputy-President Jacob Zuma of rape. The alleged rape had taken place at Jacob Zuma’s residence where young Khwezi was spending the night as a house guest. Khwezi’s father had been Jacob Zuma’s colleague in Umkhonto we Zizwe (MK) the military […]

Five Women Burned Within Two Weeks In Western Burundi

Five Women Burned Within Two Weeks In Western Burundi

Victims are from Rugombo, Buganda and Mugina communes in Cibitoke western province. Women activists decry these despicable acts and demand justice and administration executives to intervene. The most recent case was reported in the night of 14 January. A mother of five was burned by her husband in Rugombo Commune, report her neighbors. The man […]

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 […]