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Straight Women In Tanzania Marry Each Other In Order To Keep Their Houses

Straight Women In Tanzania Marry Each Other In Order To Keep Their Houses

Straight women in Tanzania are marrying each other and even sharing beds in order to keep their houses in the absence of husbands, according to reports. A centuries-old local tradition, called ‘nyumba ntobhu’ or ‘house of women’, has been given a modern revival by members of the Kurya tribe in remote villages in the north […]

Gambia Criminalises Child Marriage

Gambia Criminalises Child Marriage

The Gambia has criminalised the practice of child marriage after Lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed into law the Children Act Amendment Bill 2016. The Bill followed a pronouncement made by the President last month that banned child and forced marriages in the country. In tabling the Bill before the Lawmakers, the Attorney General and Minister […]

Vaginal Ring A Game-Changer in HIV Protection?

Vaginal Ring A Game-Changer in HIV Protection?

I awoke on the morning 18th July 2016 excited to attend my first International AIDS Conference. While this was the 21st International AIDS Conference, I had no idea what to expect. Neither had I ever heard of microbicides. That is until I met Anna Miti on the shuttle from the airport to conference. She invited […]

Our Generation will See Healthcare in Africa on Par with the Rest of the World

Our Generation will See Healthcare in Africa on Par with the Rest of the World

Packed securely inside the boxes in the picture above was a new mammography system, being ferried upstream from the Port of Lamu in Kenya, where I traveled last month, to a small rural town, where women were in need of access to screening. Every patient everywhere in the world deserves such access. But the boxes […]

Poverty and Inequality Reduction has Remained Less Responsive to Growth Successes Across the Continent, Says AfDB African Development Report 2015

Poverty and Inequality Reduction has Remained Less Responsive to Growth Successes Across the Continent, Says AfDB African Development Report 2015

African economies have grown substantially over the past decade, but  poverty and inequality reduction has remained less responsive to growth successes across the continent, says the 2015 edition of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s African Development Report,  that was officially launched on 26 July 2016 at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire by the AfDB […]

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Graça Machel has called for an end to impunity for violations of the rights of women living with HIV, such as forced sterilisation. The former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa was chairing a debate at the International AIDS Conference in Durban last week. She said the international community must develop a new sense […]

BBC Hausa Launches Women’s Writing Award

BBC Hausa Launches Women’s Writing Award

BBC Hausa yesterday  launched its first ever short story writing award for female writers. The contest is open to all women writing in Hausa irrespective of their nationality or experience. BBC Africa   Entries for the award must be original works between 1000 to 1500 words. A panel of judges will select one winner and […]

First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa

First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa

An African news source today announced the forming on an all-black women’s pro cycling team to be part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2017. A selection of 13 women from Rwanda, Eritrea, and  Ethiopia —with Rwanda’s cycling star Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu among them — is currently training at the Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC). The purpose of this training camp is […]

EAC Women Business Leaders Call for More Support

EAC Women Business Leaders Call for More Support

Regional governments have been urged to give more support to women in business to enhance entrepreneurship and ensure equitable and sustainable development. Mary Muthoni, the chairperson of Women in Business Committee at Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), said women entrepreneurs have limited access to affordable credit, and lack skills required to provide […]

Young African women design Africa’s first private satellite

Young African women design Africa’s first private satellite

The perception that African women do not actively venture in maths and science is being challenged. Young women drawn from about 6 African countries met in Capetown, South Africa and they are the next generation of space researchers. With precision, they worked on programming and building rovers as part of an initiative to get school […]