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‘Let Us Support Women’ – Joyce Banda

‘Let Us Support Women’ – Joyce Banda

First Lady Monica Chakwera on Thursday hosted women at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Mother’s Day and International Rural Women’s Day, committing to address the social problem of teenage pregnancies and ending child marriages. Among her guests, notably were Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara, the Vice President’s spouse Mary Chilima, former first ladies Callista […]

Poor Indian Women ‘Learn To Ignore’ Sexual Abuse At Work

Poor Indian Women ‘Learn To Ignore’ Sexual Abuse At Work

From lewd comments to demands for sex, women working in India’s vast informal sector rarely report sexual harassment for fear of losing their jobs, labour rights campaigners said on Wednesday, three years after the #MeToo movement began. From street vendors and factory workers to maids, 95% of Indian women work in the informal sector and […]

‘Corona carriers’: Stigma Halts Medication And Meet-Ups For HIV+ Malawians

‘Corona carriers’: Stigma Halts Medication And Meet-Ups For HIV+ Malawians

Malawian student Kondwani has fought against the stigma of being HIV-positive for most of his life, but COVID-19 has reignited old prejudices and given rise to a new term of abuse – “corona carrier”. A widely held misconception that HIV-positive people are at high risk of catching the coronavirus is fueling discrimination and making it […]

ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

The Heads of States and Government of the Economic Community of the West African States or ECOWAS announces the lifting of sanctions imposed on the Republic of Mali following the 18 August 2020 military takeover in that country, which led to the arrest and detention of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and some members of his […]

Somali Women’s Basketball Team Defy Prejudice, Hostility

Somali Women’s Basketball Team Defy Prejudice, Hostility

Whistles screech on the sea breeze as three female Somali coaches inspect a line of women in black and blue headscarves dribbling basketballs. It’s not just the heat that makes it hard: the women are also braving the scorn of their families and the threat of attack by gunmen who think women should not play […]

Young Women Protest As Older Peers Cling to Political Jobs In Zimbabwe

Young Women Protest As Older Peers Cling to Political Jobs In Zimbabwe

Whilst women, in general, face a multiplicity of barriers that significantly limit their participation in leadership positions, young women and women with disability face even greater challenges, research results have revealed. This is in the ‘Research on The Implications of Young Women and Women With Disabilities Marginalised in leadership and decision-Making Processes – A Case […]

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Dies At Age 87 From Pancreatic Cancer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Dies At Age 87 From Pancreatic Cancer

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at age 87, the court said, giving President Donald Trump a chance to expand its conservative majority with a third appointment at a time of deep divisions in America with a presidential election looming. Ginsburg, a champion of […]

Sudan Peace Deal Signed Today By Government And Rebel Groups

Sudan Peace Deal Signed Today By Government And Rebel Groups

Today, Sudan’s Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok signed a comprehensive agreement with The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The ceremony took place in Juba in the […]

Sudan’s Political Change Gives Hope For Young Women And Girls

Sudan’s Political Change Gives Hope For Young Women And Girls

Sudan’s transitional government recently announced a nationwide ban on female genital mutilation. A 2014 survey backed by the United Nations estimated 87% of Sudanese women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 had been subjected to the practice. Most undergo an extreme form known as infibulation. Tamsin Bradley sets out the context in which the […]

West African Envoys Meet With Junta

West African Envoys Meet With Junta

The West African regional bloc is holding talks with the military to determine the next steps after the coup. While the president’s ousting has been celebrated by the people, it has been widely condemned elsewhere. Members of West Africa’s regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), met with the leaders of the […]