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Ghana, Ivory Coast Cocoa Floor Price Seen As Small Step Toward Ending Child Labour

Ghana, Ivory Coast Cocoa Floor Price Seen As Small Step Toward Ending Child Labour

About 1.6 million children are estimated to work in cocoa production in Ivory Coast and Ghana, some for their parents and some trafficked from other countries Ghana and Ivory Coast’s move this week to set a minimum price for cocoa beans could help reduce child labour, though it will not be enough on its own, […]

No More Female ‘Hidden Figures’ – NASA Renames Street In Honour Of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson

No More Female ‘Hidden Figures’ – NASA Renames Street In Honour Of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson

No more female ‘Hidden Figures’ as NASA renames street NASA renamed the street block in front of its Washington D.C. headquarters “Hidden Figures Way” on Wednesday in honour of black women who have contributed to the U.S. space programme. The work of three black mathematicians – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – at […]

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

As a 10-year-old in rural Kenya, Beryl Magoko was not surprised when her Kuria community arranged for her to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), as it was normal for girls. But she was shocked to learn about reconstructive surgery for FGM at a 2013 screening in West Africa of her award-winning documentary “The Cut” – […]

Your Period Or Your Job – Indian Factories Found Endangering Seamstresses’ Health With Illegal Pills

Your Period Or Your Job – Indian Factories Found Endangering Seamstresses’ Health With Illegal Pills

Sudha seldom thought about the pills she took to ease her period pains during 10-hour shifts as a seamstress in southern India. She could not afford to let anything interrupt her work and cut her wages so she sought medicine from a factory supervisor. “They are depressing days and the pills helped,” said the factory […]

Kenya’s Rape Survivors Win Right To Abortion In Landmark Court Ruling

Kenya’s Rape Survivors Win Right To Abortion In Landmark Court Ruling

Kenya’s High Court ruled that rape survivors had the right to an abortion on Wednesday, as it ordered authorities to pay almost $30,000 in damages to the mother of a teenage victim who died after a botched abortion. The landmark ruling in a country where abortion is illegal in most cases was in response to […]

Acquittals In Rape Cases Sparks Calls To Fix Japanese Law

Acquittals In Rape Cases Sparks Calls To Fix Japanese Law

Miyako Shirakawa was a 19-year-old college student when she was raped by an older man. She said that when the attack started, her mind went blank and she froze up. “When I became aware, he was on top of me,” said Shirakawa, 54, now a psychiatrist who treats sexual abuse victims. That type of response […]

Our Girls Deserve Affordable Pads In School

Our Girls Deserve Affordable Pads In School

ARDENT news readers, viewers and listeners have in the recent past be educated on the importance of giving our school girls pads during their menstrual periods. So far, stakeholders’ nationwide campaigns to provide affordable sanitary towels to women and girls in Tanzania have proved positive results. More women in Tanzania shall be able to access […]

Militiamen In Sudan Raped Men and Women

Militiamen In Sudan Raped Men and Women

Demonstrators in Sudan have been demanding a transition to a civilian government. An eyewitness reports on sexual atrocities committed during the dispersal of a sit-in outside the army’s headquarters in Khartoum. Nahid Jabrallah is a women’s rights campaigner and activist. In an exclusive interview with DW, she reported that numerous rapes of young Sudanese women […]

Companies Should Step Up Human Rights To Profit – Amy Clooney

Companies Should Step Up Human Rights To Profit – Amy Clooney

If they don’t act on rights abuses, businesses risk being judged by their employees, shareholders and the public, says high-profile lawyer Companies need to put respect for human rights at the core of their businesses, with “doing good” likely to become a longer-lasting trend if they see it as a way to boost profits, international […]

Auxillia Mnangagwa Equips 50 Girls With Tourism, Hospitality Skills

Auxillia Mnangagwa Equips 50 Girls With Tourism, Hospitality Skills

It was a dream come true for more than 50 young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who received certificates yesterday after undergoing a special training programme in tourism and hospitality, courtesy of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa. The skills they received will empower and capacitate them to be self-reliant. Amai Mnangagwa facilitated the skills mentorship programme through […]

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