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Civil Society Pushes for EAC Gender Equality Bill

Civil Society Pushes for EAC Gender Equality Bill

The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), together with affiliated regional civil society organisations are pushing for the enactment of a gender equality and development bill in the East African Community. This is part of advocacy efforts to protect and promote gender equality and women rights within the region, where […]

Gender Equality Hosts Public Hearing On Women in Traditional Councils

Gender Equality Hosts Public Hearing On Women in Traditional Councils

Today, 29 September 2016, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in Mpumalanga will be hosting a Public Hearing on Women in Traditional Councils. The purpose of the hearing is to share good experiences and address challenges that are still affecting women in tribal councils particularly the role of Queens/Amakhosikati in promoting development in their respective […]

Kenya: Churches Slam Senate Over Failure to Vote on Gender Bill

Kenya: Churches Slam Senate Over Failure to Vote on Gender Bill

Religious leaders have accused Parliament of casualness and impunity following the failure by senators to pass the Bill to guarantee gender equality. They also termed as an embarrassment, suggestions by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Attorney General Githu Muigai that Parliament cannot be dissolved even if they do not pass the Bill before August […]

Fresh Two Thirds Gender Rule Bid Goes Before Kenya’s Senate

Fresh Two Thirds Gender Rule Bid Goes Before Kenya’s Senate

Nairobi — A fresh attempt to achieve gender parity in elective positions will be made on Thursday when a Motion to table a Bill on the two thirds gender rule, sponsored by nominated Senator Judith Sijeny is presented before the Senate. Speaking during a media briefing Wednesday morning, Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki emphasised the […]

Rwanda: Police Officers Urged to Promote Gender Equality

Rwanda: Police Officers Urged to Promote Gender Equality

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, has challenged police officers to protect and promote gender equality in areas of their operations. He was speaking on Monday as he officiated at the opening of a five-day workshop of 60 Police officers, who serve as Gender Focal Points […]

My Very Simple Guide To Gender Equality And Feminism As A Nigerian Woman

In my last article I shared two of my life truths, (read here if you missed it) and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of messages I received from other women cheering me on and sharing their own experiences with me. Thank you everyone! Today, I will share with you my journey to feminism […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Speech Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi Should Have Given In The United States

LOUD WHISPERS:  The Speech Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi Should Have Given In The United States

Towards the end of last week, Ope Oriniowo, our Content Editor at Above Whispers rushed over to me with his phone. He wanted to show me a recording of Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi, the wife of His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, making remarks at an Emerging Women’s Forum in Maryland, United States. I listened […]

Gender Is Correct Politics

A good number of women politicians in Nigeria seem to shy away from gender issues. For them, the question of disparities between men and women is taboo, not because they don’t know that gaps exist, but they want to be seen as “serious” politicians.  Here’s a society where it’s incorrect for a woman in politics […]

Leaving women out of development statistics just doesn’t add up.

Leaving women out of development statistics just doesn’t add up.

We have a sexist data crisis: information we depend on to make social and economic policy, and to monitor progress, is unable to reflect the reality of the lives of women and girls. In the low-income neighbourhoods of Lima, Peru (pdf), travel time and childcare demands stand in the way of businesswomen’s ability to complete […]

There’s a Place in India Where Religions Coexist Beautifully and Gender Equality Is Unmatched

There’s a Place in India Where Religions Coexist Beautifully and Gender Equality Is Unmatched

Back in the summer of 2015, the heart of a Hindu man was transported across Kerala for a Christian patient in dire need of a new one. Funds were raised by a Muslim businessman to pay for the operation and performed by the state’s top heart surgeon: a Christian. The entire state became engrossed as […]