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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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Efuru@50 And Flora Nwapa’s Feminist Legacy

LOUD WHISPERS: Efuru@50 And Flora Nwapa’s Feminist Legacy

Let me apologise in advance to anyone reading this, who has not read Flora Nwapa’s book Efuru, or any of her other books. My challenge to you is, after reading this, please look for a copy of Efuru. It is one of the greatest books ever written by an African woman, and it heralded a […]

7 Small Steps Women Can Take To Make Their Voices Heard At Work

7 Small Steps Women Can Take To Make Their Voices Heard At Work

There are overt forms of sexism in the workplace that most women can easily see and name: unequal pay for equal work, a boss who tries to sleep with you, a dress code that forces you into heels and tight dresses while the men can wear suits. But subtle sexism, or as author Jessica Valenti once […]

How Hungary And Poland Have Silenced Women And Stifled Human Rights

How Hungary And Poland Have Silenced Women And Stifled Human Rights

In the women’s movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate. Polish women successfully preventing a total ban on abortion from coming into law recently was one of them. While we may praise the success of Polish women’s “black protest“ – where women across the country went on strike and dressed in black […]

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. In Gasovu, Muhanga District, a […]

Maasai Women Of Tanzania Take Charge Of Their Own Lives And Livelihood

Maasai Women Of Tanzania Take Charge Of Their Own Lives And Livelihood

The Maasai in northern Tanzania have the highest rates of child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), illiteracy and poverty among women in the country.  With literacy, entrepreneurship skills and trainings on land rights, women have acquired land for the first time and set up cross-border trade. Villages at the foothills of Mt. Longido, one hour […]