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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 […]

CSW60: Toyin Saraki’s Wellbeing Foundation makes a case for adolescent girls.

CSW60: Toyin Saraki’s Wellbeing Foundation makes a case for adolescent girls.

The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is presently taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and will run till March 24, 2016. It has in attendance representatives of member States, UN entities and ECOSOC- accredited non-governmental organizations (NGO) from all regions of the World. Wellbeing Foundation Africa, […]

MAKAU: Kenya needs equality for women in politics

MAKAU: Kenya needs equality for women in politics

“In politics, women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.” The quote above captures Clare Booth Luce’s perspective on women’s political participation in the United States of America. It represents a similar trend in Kenya’s political sphere. For years, Kenyan women – including those working at […]

18 Fascinating Women Who Have Tried To Run For President Since 1872

18 Fascinating Women Who Have Tried To Run For President Since 1872

This year, Hillary Clinton has come closer than ever before to becoming the first female presidential nominee for a major party — and potentially the first female president of the United States. But before there was Hillz and Carly, there was Victoria Claflin Woodhul. And Shirley Chisolm. And Sonia Johnson. In total, there have been […]

On gender equality and ignorance of high places

Over a week ago, the lawmakers of Enugu State had the opportunity to consider what was termed the “Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and other Matters Related Thereto Bill.” These lawmakers, however, were not in the mood for opportunities—equal or otherwise—and the bill was “stepped down.” I have not seen a copy […]

Bill and Melinda Gates say youth are key to clean energy, gender equality

Bill and Melinda Gates say youth are key to clean energy, gender equality

Bill and Melinda Gates want young people to get involved in solving major world problems, like finding clean energy sources and changing the division of household and childcare labor between men and women. The couple, co-chairs of the largest private foundation in the world, has made a tradition of releasing an annual letter on philanthropy. […]

World Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day

Today, February 20th, is World Social Justice Day. The term Social Justice has received enormous attention globally due to its critical impact on the socio-economic status of any given society. To some, it is considered a fundamental issue in the human race, while others regard it as a prerequisite to peace and development in a […]

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women

An unprecedented 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists streamed into Beijing for the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women in September 1995. They were remarkably diverse, coming from around the globe, but they had a single purpose in mind: gender equality and the empowerment of all women, everywhere. Two weeks of political debate followed, […]

Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

On any given day, more than 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating worldwide. That’s right, I said it:menstruating. For me, being on my period can be a minor nuisance: uncomfortable, yes, but something I understand, expect, and can manage safely, hygienically and easily. Unlike millions of girls […]