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LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

I have a confession to make. One of my secret pleasures is reading the Fashion Court pages of Sunday Sun, one of the Nigerian national newspapers. The Fashion Court pages feature women in bizarre outfits  that provide ‘Too Much Information’. Some of the outfits are so alarming you wonder how anyone could leave the four […]

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

 With tumultuous colonial occupation, civil war and genocide that led to the death of an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis in 1994, Rwandans historically endured massive displacements and human rights abuse. Thus, in the 21st century, the rectification of Rwanda’s previously untenable land governance system has become a major priority. Between 2004 and 2014, with […]

5 Habits Professional Women Should Break

5 Habits Professional Women Should Break

1. Apologizing This one is probably something that could be applied to all women everywhere, but especially in a professional realm. Women, for whatever reason, feel compelled to say, “I’m sorry!” for a lot of things that don’t warrant an apology, especially when it comes to asking clarifying questions and/or asking for something we know you […]

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world […]

Various Women Platforms Fight Human Trafficking In Zimbabwe

Various Women Platforms Fight Human Trafficking In Zimbabwe

Slave trade may ring ancient but it is alive and full-tilt world over. New forms of objectification include human trafficking, debt bondage, sex slavery and child labour. More than 200 Zimbabwean women were trafficked to Kuwait for slavery by a shady syndicate implicating a member of the Mid-eastern country’s diplomatic mission in Harare last year. […]

UN Proposes Pay Cut to Curb Peacekeeper Sex Abuse

UN Proposes Pay Cut to Curb Peacekeeper Sex Abuse

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday proposed cutting payments to countries that fail to investigate sex abuse accusations against their troops deployed in peacekeeping missions, among a series of new steps aimed at stamping out the misconduct. The United Nations has been badly shaken by the wave of allegations of sex abuse by troops it […]

10 Ways Every Woman Can Be More Politically Active in 2017

10 Ways Every Woman Can Be More Politically Active in 2017

‘What can I do’ is the lament I’ve heard again and again since November 9th, that fateful day when we all woke up in a collective trance unable to comprehend the fact that the unimaginable had happened and Hillary Clinton had lost the election. The misogyny she was subjected to on that long, grueling, insulting […]

Justice for Women Who Kill

Aminata* was only 17 years old when she was arrested for killing her former boyfriend eight years ago. She was sentenced to death for murder in November 2010 and feared each day she would be executed before her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the government on Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Day on 27 […]

Army Detains Six Soldiers for Allegedly Brutalising Woman

Army Detains Six Soldiers for Allegedly Brutalising Woman

A fresh case of soldiers’ brutality against a female Nigerian citizen is being investigated, the Nigerian army has said. Six soldiers, the army said, are currently in detention over the incident. This is the third time such incident would be occurring within a month. The victim whose name was given as Ruth Orji was said […]

Women In Sports Ad Strikes Nerve In Arab World

Women In Sports Ad Strikes Nerve In Arab World

An online commercial released by Nike  this week showing Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in the conservative region. It begins with a woman nervously peering out of her doorway and adjusting her veil before going for a run […]