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Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Barely two months after the government pronounced the ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, two suspects were yesterday indicted and remanded in custody for allegedly practising FGM. Sunkaru Darboe and Saffiatou Darboe were arraigned before principal magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, charged with conspiracy to commit felony, prohibition of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: #MySistersKeeper2016

LOUD WHISPERS: #MySistersKeeper2016

One day, when I was still working at the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in Ghana which I Co-Founded as Executive Director, one of my staff members from the Grants department, Ndey Jobarteh, brought me a newspaper article to read. It was a report in the Daily Graphic, one of the national newspapers, about a […]

Tanzania: Parents Marrying Off Girls Face Jail – Regional Commissioner

Tanzania: Parents Marrying Off Girls Face Jail – Regional Commissioner

The Coast Regional Commissioner has warned parents who force young girls out of school to get married they face up to 15 years in jail. At a ceremony to mark the International Women’s Day in Kibaha District, Mr Evarist Ndikilo decried high school dropouts in the region. Most of the students who do not complete […]

Ethiopian girl wins $150,000 for rape, abduction and marriage at 13

Ethiopian girl wins $150,000 for rape, abduction and marriage at 13

The Ethiopian government has been ordered to pay $150,000 to a girl who said she was raped, abducted and forced to agree to marriage at the age of 13, in a landmark ruling activists hope will deter an outlawed, traditional form of child marriage. Woineshet Zebene Negash, who said she was raped in 2001, filed […]

Africa: Older Women Face Hardships, Discrimination, Report Shows

Africa: Older Women Face Hardships, Discrimination, Report Shows

Millions of older women in Africa face health, economic and social problems which are inadequately addressed by government policies without providing lasting solutions, even as the world celebrates International Women’s Day. Global Age Watch Index Report 2015 published by HelpAge international and sent to CISA states that “older people all over the world experience many […]

Female farmers in 90 nations face discriminatory land laws

Female farmers in 90 nations face discriminatory land laws

Women in more than 90 countries still lack equal rights to own land, hurting food production and efforts to tackle poverty, Rwanda’s former agriculture minister said. Nations in eastern and southern Africa have considerably improved their laws to grant land ownership rights to female farmers, Agnes Kalibata said. But many states in North Africa and […]

Setting and funding agendas for Women’s Human Rights in the Eastern Africa Region

Setting and funding agendas for Women’s Human Rights in the Eastern Africa Region

  There have been a number of considerable achievements in the Eastern Africa Region for the advancement of women. Rwanda ranks the highest in the world for female representation in parliament at 64%. Across the region, the participation of women in politics has increased at local, national and regional levels in all countries of the […]

Faith, Public Responsibility and Women’s Rights

Faith, Public Responsibility and Women’s Rights

For nearly three decades, I have been domiciled in Europe and America while my heart is glued in to my beloved Africa. I have had the previlege of extensive travel in every region of the world and experienced the joy of  hospitality of people so different in every way from me. During this nomadic life, […]

Ese Oruru, the girl-child and a nation’s shame

Ese Oruru, the girl-child and a nation’s shame

Three different incidents in the last week cast, poignantly, in bold relief the plight of the girl-child in Nigeria. Thanks to The Punch newspaper which launched the #FreeEse, #JusticeforEse campaign and the civil society groups that took up the fight in a spirited manner. With the outrage and outcry that followed, within 72 hours, this […]

2 Syrians Sentenced in Deaths of Alan Kurdi and 4 Other Migrants

2 Syrians Sentenced in Deaths of Alan Kurdi and 4 Other Migrants

ISTANBUL — Two Syrian men were sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday for the death of a young Syrian boy whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey in September. The death of the boy, Alan Kurdi, and the gripping photo of his body lying facedown in the sand and […]