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Ethiopia Relief Effort Hamstrung As Fresh Tigray Offensive Launched

Ethiopia Relief Effort Hamstrung As Fresh Tigray Offensive Launched

Ethiopia’s government has launched a new offensive against rebel forces from the blockaded Tigray region, where malnutrition and starvation deaths are rising while UN officials coordinating the humanitarian response have been deported from the country. Major air and ground operations against rebel positions in the neighbouring Amhara region reportedly commenced last week, with rebel officials […]

‘I am not weak’: Qatari Women Unsuccessful In First Legislative Elections

‘I am not weak’: Qatari Women Unsuccessful In First Legislative Elections

Voters chose none of the 26 women who stood for election in Qatar’s first legislative elections on Saturday, disappointing candidates who had wanted to lend a voice for women and other Qataris in the Gulf monarchy’s political process. The vote was for 30 members of the 45-seat advisory Shura Council while the emir will continue […]

UN Says Women’s Role in Somalia’s Politics Is a Precondition for Lasting Peace

UN Says Women’s Role in Somalia’s Politics Is a Precondition for Lasting Peace

Madam President, Excellencies, Let me begin by congratulating Ireland on your presidency this month, and to thank you for the invitation to brief today. I would like to also extend my greetings to Ms Shukria Dini whom I had the pleasure to meet during my visit. I commend the Council for your leadership on Women, […]

State Neglected Girls, Women During Lockdown

State Neglected Girls, Women During Lockdown

The government neglected her girls and women during the pandemic, exposing them to different forms of gender-based violence (GBV) – a new report shows. The I Had Nowhere to Go report released on Tuesday by the Human Rights Watch shows that Covid-19 exacerbated violence cases. The report touts child marriage, abandonment without support, female genital […]

ECOWAS Imposes Travel Ban, Freezes Assets of Guinea Coup-Makers

ECOWAS Imposes Travel Ban, Freezes Assets of Guinea Coup-Makers

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday imposed a travel ban and froze the financial assets of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) for overthrowing Guinea’s constitutionally elected government. ECOWAS said it would work closely with the United Nations, African Union, European Union and other bi-lateral and multi-lateral countries to […]

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Declares Meningitis Outbreak in North-Eastern Province

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Declares Meningitis Outbreak in North-Eastern Province

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an outbreak of meningitis in the north-eastern Tshopo Province where 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths – a high case fatality ratio of 50% – have been reported. Confirmatory tests carried out by the Institut Pasteur in Paris detected Neisseria meningitidis – one of the most frequent […]

Now We Have More Covid-19 Vaccines in Nigeria – Time to Deliver

Now We Have More Covid-19 Vaccines in Nigeria – Time to Deliver

After the successful deployment of the first round of vaccines received from the COVAX facility in March 2021, Nigeria has received its second batch of vaccines from countries around the world; receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States through the COVAX facility and 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson & […]

Patriarchy Fuelling GBV

Patriarchy Fuelling GBV

Patriarchal norms promoting masculinity and female submissiveness are fuelling Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Lesotho and other African countries. This is according to MenEngage Lesotho Country Coordinator, Seabata Makoae. He said this while addressing last week’s virtual Southern Africa Youth Forum. SAYoF is a regional platform for youths and […]

Six Ways Life Has Changed For Afghan Women Since The Last Taliban Regime

Six Ways Life Has Changed For Afghan Women Since The Last Taliban Regime

With the Taliban back in power, fears are escalating that Afghan women will lose many of the freedoms they have won since 2001. Here are six ways life has got better for women since the last Taliban governmentfell – gains now feared at risk:  EDUCATION When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, they banned […]

Afghan Women Forced From Banking Jobs As Taliban Take Control

Afghan Women Forced From Banking Jobs As Taliban Take Control

In early July, as Taliban insurgents were seizing territory from government forces across Afghanistan, fighters from the group walked into the offices of Azizi Bank in the southern city of Kandahar and ordered nine women working there to leave. The gunmen escorted them to their homes and told them not to return to their jobs. […]

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