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What Happens When We Protest – #MeToo in Northern Nigeria

What Happens When We Protest – #MeToo in Northern Nigeria

Last November, I went to the police headquarters in Niger state to seek approval for a protest. The rally for which I hoped to get formal permission and security was against sexual and gender-based violence. It had been convened by social development worker Fakhrriyyah Hashim and coordinated by writer Hassana Maina who, a few months […]

Stakeholders Urge Men To Join The Fight For Gender Equality

Stakeholders Urge Men To Join The Fight For Gender Equality

Involving men in broader deliberations towards women empowerment is crucial for accelerating the journey towards gender equality. Even though women are at the forefront of this development, they need to work together with men so that challenges that are still hindering women empowerment are addressed. This notion was put forward during celebrations of International Women’s […]

U.N. Women’s Meeting Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

U.N. Women’s Meeting Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Curtailing a major United Nations meeting on gender equality over coronavirus fears could be a blow to progress in women’s rights and needs to be rescheduled to include diverse voices, participants and observers said on Monday. The annual two-week U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) promoting equality and women’s empowerment was scaled back […]

R15 Million Set Aside For GBV Council

R15 Million Set Aside For GBV Council

National Treasury will over the next three years allocate an additional R15 million for the establishment of a National Council to combat gender-based violence and femicide. “Its budget will increase to R853 million in 2022/23, with a focus on strengthening interventions for women’s economic empowerment; promoting the rights of people with disabilities; and supporting youth […]

Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

On 24 February, the Commission for Gender Equality launched its investigative report on the forced sterilisation of women at KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng hospitals. Among numerous horrendous revelations, the report brought to light inadequacies in the country’s healthcare process to obtaining patients’ consent. In March 2015, Her Rights Initiative and International Community of Women Living with […]

The Wave Of Teenage Feminists In Spain

The Wave Of Teenage Feminists In Spain

Spanish teenagers Ari and Kalus may still be in school but they are already part of a young feminist collective, organising talks, performances and protests to fight for gender equality. At 17, they are among a growing number of teenagers at the forefront of Spain’s new wave of feminism, fighting for change in the face […]

World Day Of Social Justice : “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”

World Day Of Social Justice : “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or […]

‘Gender Inequality, Illiteracy Contributes to Vulnerability, Reduced Resilience’ – Fatou Kinteh

‘Gender Inequality, Illiteracy Contributes to Vulnerability, Reduced Resilience’ – Fatou Kinteh

Fatou Kinteh the Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare has said 47.6% women are illiterate with inequalities at the labour markets and various sectors of society. She added that gender inequalities and illiteracy also, unfortunately, contribute to vulnerability, malnutrition and reduced resilience for women to address hunger, food security and malnutrition. She added globally […]

Balanced And Gender-Inclusive Education Is A Smart Investment

Balanced And Gender-Inclusive Education Is A Smart Investment

Fihima Mohamed’s mother never attended school and until two years ago she could not read or write. Mohamed’s mother had been born in neighbouring Somalia but was sent to Djibouti as a young girl to live with her aunt. The expectation had been that she would have a better life by escaping the ongoing conflict […]

Young Women Cycling To Promote Women Rights

Young Women Cycling To Promote Women Rights

For many Khartoum residents, this is an eye-boggling experience. A group of young ladies are seen these days parading in bicycles around Khartoum not weary about the unpaved roads and the gaze of the bystanders. The ladies were actually using this untraditional way in Sudan to publicize women sport and use of environmentally friendly transport, […]