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IWD2016: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi named as Goodwill Ambassador to UN Women, Nigeria.

IWD2016: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi named as Goodwill Ambassador to UN Women, Nigeria.

This took place at the ceremony to celebrate the 2016 edition of the international women’s day at the National Women Centre in Abuja. The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in Partnership with United Nations Women, Nigeria and the European Union. The UN Women representative to Nigeria, Dr. Grace Ongile before […]

Oscars 2016: Winning filmmaker gives powerful speech about honour killings in Pakistan

Oscars 2016: Winning filmmaker gives powerful speech about honour killings in Pakistan

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made a powerful speech at the Oscars last night, after winning the award for best documentary short. But rather than using the platform to gush thanks, Obaid-Chinoy took the chance to speak out about the topic of her film: honour killings. The practice – where men kill their own female family members for ‘dishonouring’ […]

You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases

You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful. Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say: 1. “We can’t do that.” One […]

Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria

Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria

When Imade was seven years old her teacher began to sexually abuse her after school. “He [told] me I was a smart and beautiful girl and gave me little sums of money,” says Imade, now 24. One day, he raped her. Imade told her mother, who complained to the school. “They fired him, but that […]

The ‘WHITE squatter camps’ of South Africa: Shanty towns built after the fall of Apartheid are now home to hundreds of families

The ‘WHITE squatter camps’ of South Africa: Shanty towns built after the fall of Apartheid are now home to hundreds of families

Shanty huts sit next to clapped-out cars, as children sprint along the dusty wasteland under the scorching sun. Beyond the flimsy shacks lie ditches and pools of filthy, stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. These are the daily conditions endured by families in South Africa’s ‘white squatter camps’ where there is little food, running water and […]

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Contemporary literature in English is rich in international voices. Writers arrive holding multiple passports and complicated backstories. They deal in more than one culture, salt their sentences with Shona or Spanish. They cross and recross borders, carrying their stories with them. You might think Petina Gappah is such an international writer. Born in Zimbabwe in […]

Trump Rising in Polls for Same Reasons Germany Embraced Hitler

Trump Rising in Polls for Same Reasons Germany Embraced Hitler

Adolf Hitler rose to power during a period of similar social tumult as that which has currently garnered Donald Trump such fervent support, according to Noam Chomsky. In a recent interview with Aaron Williams for Alternet, Chomsky explained how fear, alone, does not sufficiently explain Trump’s surprising popularity: “Fear, along with the breakdown of society during […]

Heartless FGM cartels prey on schoolgirls

Heartless FGM cartels prey on schoolgirls

Despite the extreme pain, severe bleeding, the risk of infection and the difficulty in passing urine and menstruation, Female Genital Mutilation remains deep-rooted in many communities in the country. FGM is illegal in Kenya and conviction attracts not less than six months in jail or a fine not less than Sh50,000. But that has not […]

Bill and Melinda Gates say youth are key to clean energy, gender equality

Bill and Melinda Gates say youth are key to clean energy, gender equality

Bill and Melinda Gates want young people to get involved in solving major world problems, like finding clean energy sources and changing the division of household and childcare labor between men and women. The couple, co-chairs of the largest private foundation in the world, has made a tradition of releasing an annual letter on philanthropy. […]

Option B+ to prevent maternal transmission of HIV shows rise in women initiating therapy

Option B+ to prevent maternal transmission of HIV shows rise in women initiating therapy

February 23, 2016 — The first findings from a study in the Kingdom of Swaziland on a new approach to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV were presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) in Boston. Led by ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and conducted […]