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Colombia Investigates Reported Rape Of Indigenous Girl, Sparks Condemnation

Colombia Investigates Reported Rape Of Indigenous Girl, Sparks Condemnation

Colombian authorities said on Wednesday they were investigating the reported rape of a 12-year-old indigenous girl by soldiers, spurring calls from tribal leaders to address violence against their communities they say is invisible and often ignored. The girl from Colombia’s Embera Chami tribe disappeared from her community reserve in northern Colombia on Sunday and was […]

Government Depts Must Be Gender Sensitive

Government Depts Must Be Gender Sensitive

The Acting Director-General of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Phumla Williams, has called for government departments to be performance audited when it comes to women empowerment and gender-sensitive responsiveness. “If we are to make progress, we must make it compulsory for departments to have gender-focused budgeting,” said Williams on Thursday. Williams was speaking at […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time For Anger

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time For Anger

I attended the Voice of Women Conference in Abuja recently, organized by Women’s FM Radio, the only women’s radio in Nigeria. I challenged the audience to think about the question, ‘Are you in the right P.L.A.C.E?’. If we are not Passionate about what we do, if we have little or no Leverage, if we are […]

Changing The Gender Game Begins With You

Changing The Gender Game Begins With You

STEM employers have a major gender diversity problem on their hands. This isn’t news, but the numbers bear repeating: According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s 2015 By the Numbers report, women hold just 26% of all U.S. technology jobs, 19% of all U.S. software developer positions, and just 6% of U.S. technology leadership […]

Age Privilege In The African Feminist Movement

Age Privilege In The African Feminist Movement

Deference for our elders is culturally ingrained in us as a sign of deep respect for those who are older or have status in our communities. This young African feminist questions whether this trait is harmful to the movements that women have built up over so many difficult years. I grew up the youngest in […]

Women’s Parliament Group Suggests Strengthening Of Gender Mainstreaming

Women’s Parliament Group Suggests Strengthening Of Gender Mainstreaming

 The head of the Women’s Parliamentary Group, Luísa Damião, on Wednesday in Luanda suggested strengthening the transversal integration strategy on gender approaches under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol ). The MP made this statement at the end of the workshop on “Experimenting with a gender-sensitive inspection model”, promoted by the Women’s Parliamentary Group […]

Building A Sustainable Gender Diverse Organisation

Building A Sustainable Gender Diverse Organisation

By now we’ve all heard about the importance of gender equality in the workplace. But believe it or not, many tech companies are still waking up to the idea that there’s a problem, even though in the last 20 years, the number of females working in technology has actually decreased. “Diversity is about more than ticking […]

Hashtag Activism Like #NotOkay Is Challenging Rape Culture

Hashtag Activism Like #NotOkay Is Challenging Rape Culture

Twitter campaigns can encourage men to shut down degrading “locker room talk” and provide victims with a voice, according to a study of #NotOkay, an online reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements about grabbing women’s genitals. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), who examined hundreds of #NotOkay tweets, found that people used social media […]

Addressing Gender Issues Critical In National Development

Addressing Gender Issues Critical In National Development

With just two days to mark the end of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, it is critical for both the nation and individuals to reflect on mechanisms to prevent gender- based violence against women and girls. While the physical form of violence is most prominent, focus needs to be put in forms […]

For Women And Girls, Stand Up!

For Women And Girls, Stand Up!

The prevention of domestic violence and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is recognised internationally as a human rights concern. Myriad annals of history attest that women and children are often the last ones to be given equal legal protection from discrimination and violence – a protection that the rest of society take for granted. It is extraordinary […]

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