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OPINION: 6 Reasons Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

OPINION: 6 Reasons Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

  Since 1975, 8 March has been a rallying point for feminists worldwide. Established by the UN, it has traditionally been a moment to celebrate women’s achievements while highlighting serious inequalities between the sexes. But 41 years later, is it still necessary? The answer is yes. Women and girls may have scaled unimaginable heights in […]

MTN Uganda Donates Re-Usable Sanitary Towels to Secondary School Girls

MTN Uganda Donates Re-Usable Sanitary Towels to Secondary School Girls

MTN Foundation has donated reusable sanitary towels to Bududa secondary school, to help reduce the number of girl child school dropouts due to lack of these facilities. The donation is also meant to empower and facilitate quality education in Bududa and the rest of the Eastern region. A survey conducted in 2004 found that “the […]

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Barely two months after the government pronounced the ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, two suspects were yesterday indicted and remanded in custody for allegedly practising FGM. Sunkaru Darboe and Saffiatou Darboe were arraigned before principal magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, charged with conspiracy to commit felony, prohibition of […]

IWD2016: Aisha Alhassan assures on the commitment of the government to Gender equality.

IWD2016: Aisha Alhassan assures on the commitment of the government to Gender equality.

As usual, International Women’s day is celebrated world-wide on March 8 and the 2016 edition was celebrated at the National Women centre, Abuja. The event was graced by stakeholders including prominent women, representatives of government parastatals, civil society organizations and International agencies who all pledged to continue the push for gender equality. The event was […]

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Launches ‘National Sex Worker HIV Plan’

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Launches ‘National Sex Worker HIV Plan’

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the chairperson of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) will, on Friday, 11 March 2016, launch the ‘National Sex Worker HIV Plan’, at the Turbine Hall in Newtown Johannesburg at 13h00. The National Sex Worker HIV Plan is a coordinated national sex worker HIV prevention, care […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Steps Up Drive to Curb Sexual Violence, Shake Off ‘Rape Capital’ Tag

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Steps Up Drive to Curb Sexual Violence, Shake Off ‘Rape Capital’ Tag

London — Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is stepping up efforts to combat rape in a bid to shake off the label of being the “rape capital of the world”, the presidential adviser on sexual violence said on Thursday. Sexual violence in Congo is often regarded as a by-product of years of fighting in the […]

OPINION: International Women’s Day 2016 – Promoting Gender Parity

OPINION: International Women’s Day 2016 – Promoting Gender Parity

Nigeria’s policy framework on gender parity is ten years old this year. The National Gender Policy adopted in 2006 embraces a system-wide approach of promoting gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in all public and private policies and programming priorities. The 2016 International Women’s Day provides yet another opportunity to reflect on past failures of the […]

Cote d’Ivoire: UNAIDS Piloting New Mobile Platform to Better Inform HIV Patients, Improve Health Care

Cote d’Ivoire: UNAIDS Piloting New Mobile Platform to Better Inform HIV Patients, Improve Health Care

Starting this month, a thousand people living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire will receive additional health information through their mobile phones, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response announced today. The four-month pilot project in Abidjan is part of a collaboration between the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the telecommunications operator […]

Blame Game Ensues Over 20 Schoolgirls’ Pregnancies

Blame Game Ensues Over 20 Schoolgirls’ Pregnancies

The deputy principal of a secondary school in Mount Elgon County has raised the alarm after 20 girls were recently found be pregnant. This was established after the school administration subjected the girls to a routine pregnancy test. Mr David Emachar said the test was conducted when the students of Chelebei Secondary School, Chepyuk, returned […]

Minister Reiterates Efforts to Stem Medical Tourism

Minister Reiterates Efforts to Stem Medical Tourism

MINISTER of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari – led administration would not relent in his effort to halt medical tourism. Enahire, who spoke at the investiture of the 19th President of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Prof. Ademola Abayomi Olaitan, disclosed that medical tourism costs […]