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A Career Woman

A Career Woman

Most times when a woman speaks of building a career, the repetitive statements that come after is “It will affect your home”. These statements and many more have stopped many women from chasing their dreams. They have had to accept the part they could get and leave the rest. While this may seem like a […]

Kenyan Women Crushing Stone and Stereotypes At the Same Time

Kenyan Women Crushing Stone and Stereotypes At the Same Time

It is 8 am in the rural Kenyan village of Sarwat, and 15 women are each sitting on a heap of gravel brandishing a heavy hammer. They are hitting hard on some stones, making such a loud noise that it can be heard from a distance. With each swing of the hammer, they disturb the […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Origin World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, designated as 15 June, was initiated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006, and recognised as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011. The resolution invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Safeguard Older Persons During COVID-19 And Beyond

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Safeguard Older Persons During COVID-19 And Beyond

Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older persons are at a significantly higher risk of mortality and severe disease following infection, with those over 80 years old dying at five times the average rate. An estimated 66% of people aged 70 and over have at least one underlying condition, placing them […]

Act Now: End Child Labour!

Act Now: End Child Labour!

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour focuses on action taken for the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. It is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the ILO’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and takes place at a time when the COVID-19 crisis […]

World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour

Background The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of […]

Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target – Where to Focus Action Now

Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target – Where to Focus Action Now

World leaders have recently, under the auspices of the United Nations, renewed their commitment to ending AIDS. The new phase offers much-needed hope for the future, provided the commitments made are fulfilled. The adopted political declaration and its recommendations offer strategies for ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and paediatric AIDS. They also address inequalities faced […]

Zimbabwe Tackles Myths And Violence

Zimbabwe Tackles Myths And Violence

“If he does not hit you, he does not love you enough” is the sort of age-old ‘truism’ that Zimbabwe activists say gives men free rein to beat their wives and stops women complaining. But things are now changing, according to women’s rights activists, albeit slowly and from a crashingly low base. At least one in […]

Should Single Women Own Properties

Should Single Women Own Properties

African women are known to be effective in the cultivation and processing of agricultural produce but culturally are not entitled to owning lands. Generally, possession of land is by inheritance which females are not eligible to. Therefore, they depend on the possession of another human (father or husband) to make a living. As a girl […]

Bolivia’s Aymara Women Train To Fight Back Against Domestic Violence

Bolivia’s Aymara Women Train To Fight Back Against Domestic Violence

Lucrecia Huayhua has survived domestic violence for most of her life. Now, with other indigenous Aymara women in Bolivia’s highlands, she is taking things into her own hands with taekwondo classes to learn self-defense. In the high-altitude cities of La Paz and El Alto, indigenous “cholita” women, who have long faced discrimination, train wearing their […]

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