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Where do African women have more power?

Where do African women have more power?

Surprise — in countries emerging from war! When I went to Uganda in 1992, I was interested in understanding why the country had so many women in top government positions and why it had the highest rates of representation of women in parliament in Africa at the time. During my research, I realized that a […]

How South African women are reclaiming the headscarf

How South African women are reclaiming the headscarf

African women have worn headscarves for many years for religious, cultural reasons and even as a fashion statement but they were traditionally worn by older, usually married women. They are a common feature in ceremonies such as weddings and even funerals. Many also love the convenience of it – it can be a quick fix […]

The First Indian Air Force Women Who Went Into A War Zone

The First Indian Air Force Women Who Went Into A War Zone

 New Delhi:  It’s a story that has been forgotten in the fanfare of India’s first women fighter pilots being commissioned into the Indian Air Force earlier this year. India’s first women combat aviators went into a war zone 17 years ago, during the Kargil War. And while Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena and Flight Lieutenant Srividya […]

‘Honour’ Killings, Hypocrisy And The Moral Policing Reserved Only For Women

‘Honour’ Killings, Hypocrisy And The Moral Policing Reserved Only For Women

News broke on Saturday of Pakistani social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, being strangled by her own brother. Since then, I have spoken to many fellow Pakistani women who were inspired by her acts and took courage from her bold rejection of a society where all of us are expected to walk a tightrope of moral […]

The cartoon that shows how ridiculous Saudi laws are for women

The cartoon that shows how ridiculous Saudi laws are for women

  Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country

Morocco Asks to Rejoin the African Union After 32 Years

Morocco Asks to Rejoin the African Union After 32 Years

Morocco has asked to rejoin the African Union (AU), 32 ye ars after it quit the bloc in protest over a decision to make the disputed territory of Western Sahara a member. In a message sent to an AU summit in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Sunday, King Mohammed VI said it was time […]

Strange Island In Nigeria Where Pregnant Women Must Not Go Into Labour At Midnight

Strange Island In Nigeria Where Pregnant Women Must Not Go Into Labour At Midnight

A trip to Igbologun community, located on Snake Island, Lagos, can be scary. The town has a population of over 20,000 people. A two-day visit by Sunday Vanguard to the community was an eye opener. The journey began from Coconut Bus Stop to the quayside during a downpour. It was followed by a N100 boat […]

Global Partners Discuss Key Data and the Future of U.S.-Africa’s SMES

Global Partners Discuss Key Data and the Future of U.S.-Africa’s SMES

Ahead of President Obama’s second U.S.-Africa Business Forum planned for New York on September 21, 2016, the FEEEDS Initiative —Food Security, Education, Environment-Energy, Economics, Democracy-Development and Self-help— in partnership with GALLUP, hosted the third annual forum on Africa in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance and impact of Africa Diaspora small and medium size Enterprises […]

Aids Conference Addresses HIV Rates Among Youth, Women

Aids Conference Addresses HIV Rates Among Youth, Women

Three breakthrough studies are to be presented by the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in Durban on Monday, which aim to explain why rates of HIV infection are so high among women in South Africa and on the broader continent. The research, says CAPRISA, has the potential to guide […]

Mandela Day: Full 14th Nelson Mandela Lecture by Bill Gates

Mandela Day: Full 14th Nelson Mandela Lecture by Bill Gates

  document BILL GATES REMARKS AS PREPARED NELSON MANDELA ANNUAL LECTURE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA JULY 17, 2016 Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Graça Machel, Professor Ndebele, Vice Chancellor de la Rey, members of the Mamelodi families, friends and dignitaries, it is a great honor to have the opportunity to speak today. The theme […]