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Men speak out about FGM

Men speak out about FGM

“I want to marry an uncut girl” – Alemayehu, 14, schoolboy ”I’m a member of a boys’ club supported by Plan International. We discuss harmful practices in our club meetings and spread the word to our friends. “Before I joined the club, I didn’t know much about FGM, only that it was something that should be […]

Kenya: Gang-Raped and Nowhere to Turn

Nairobi — Owuor P.’s 16-year-old sister Nekesa tried and tried to get an abortion after she was gang-raped and found herself pregnant during Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007-8. “We are not sure how many raped her,” Owuor told me. “She told us that she saw three men rape her and then she lost consciousness. She […]

How text messages and volunteer midwives are saving lives in Rwanda

How text messages and volunteer midwives are saving lives in Rwanda

When a woman goes into labour, Liberata Musabyimana always accompanies her on the walk to the health centre. Sometimes the knock on Musabyimana’s door comes in the middle of the night announcing a baby is due. Or the birth is so swift there is no time to reach the clinic. Instead, the 35-year-old farmer must […]

How Menopause Silently Affects 27 Million Women At Work Every Day

How Menopause Silently Affects 27 Million Women At Work Every Day

I kept having fevers. I couldn’t sleep. I was feeling totally unfocused. I thought it was just an extension of my restless tendencies, but after days of unrelenting symptoms, I decided I should see a doctor. I left the office with my diagnosis in hand, feeling astounded, confused, and angry. I thought I was too […]

10 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Lacking Water

10 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Lacking Water

It is a fact that water makes up about two – thirds (2/3) of human body weight. According to the researches you cannot survive without water more than a few days. Every cell, organ and tissue in the human body depends on water. Water have very important roles, for example: regulates and maintains body temperature. […]

Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says UN chief

Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says UN chief

New, unharmful rites of passage should replace female genital mutilation, said U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon  after new data showed there were more victims of the custom than previously estimated. The call by the U.N. Secretary-General was heard by diplomats, campaigners and survivors gathered at the U.N. headquarters in New York to mark the International Day […]

Kenyan journalists win first pan African award for reportage on female genital mutilation

Kenyan journalists win first pan African award for reportage on female genital mutilation

The first pan African award for reportage on female genital mutilation was awarded in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday for a powerful film made by two Kenyan journalists about five young women who sought to flee mutilation in western Kenya. I’m a survivor of female genital cutting and I’m speaking out – as others must too […]

Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods To Add to Your Diet

Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods To Add to Your Diet

Whether you currently have cancer or are simply trying to reduce your chance of getting cancer, some of the most effective remedies can come from your diet. Good nutrition is crucial in allowing your body to beat cancer and recover in a way that allows you to live a long, fulfilling life. Cancer Fighting Foods […]

8 Things That Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

8 Things That Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

As women who are always on the run, it can be easy to miss the signs that your body gives you or to dismiss them as not being anything serious. However, in some cases, ignoring these signals can be dangerous to your health. A woman’s menstrual cycle can tell her a lot about the things […]

8 Crazy Things Love Does To Your Brain, According To Science

8 Crazy Things Love Does To Your Brain, According To Science

Love can make you feel euphoric, foolish, happy, obsessed, distracted, passionate, exhausted and pretty much everything in between — so it should come as little surprise that falling in love does quite a number on your brain. When you fall in love with someone, a whole host of changes are taking place in your brain […]