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Solar Sister Lights Entrepreneurial Spirit To Improve Women’s Lives In Uganda

Solar Sister Lights Entrepreneurial Spirit To Improve Women’s Lives In Uganda

Harriet Nabukwasi is saving up. Having seen people claim her neighbour’s land, she is determined hers will not go the same way. The only way to protect the half-acre site in Mudokori village in Tororo, eastern Uganda, is to register the land and acquire a title. “This land is our life,” says Nabukwasi, 31, who […]

President Kagame And Zuma Receive Continental Gender Award

President Kagame And  Zuma Receive Continental Gender Award

Women deserve to live and work side by side with men instead of being left behind while they crucially support men in everything on a daily basis, President Paul Kagame has said. The Head of State delivered the message yesterday in Kigali while receiving the Gender Champion Award, which was bestowed to him by African […]

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

“People call us Mama Solar,” says Solar Sister entrepreneur Hilaria Paschal. In her native Tanzania, Paschal and her fellow basket weavers buy solar lights and clean cookstoves from Solar Sister, a social enterprise empowering women to bring clean energy to rural African communities, and sell them to friends and neighbours living without access to electricity. […]

Are Liberian Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?

Are Liberian Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?

Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg has claimed that a Liberian woman is more likely to be married by 18 than to know how to read. The claim is not supported by recent data. “This is education in Liberia,” Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg wrote in The New York Times recently. “A […]

Scientists Go Against The Grain To Make Dubai An Unlikely Quinoa Hotspot

Scientists Go Against The Grain To Make Dubai An Unlikely Quinoa Hotspot

Ringed by inhospitable desert and assailed by fierce temperatures for much of the year, Dubai isn’t the most natural of settings for bold farming experiments. What little grows here is largely cultivated in air-conditioned greenhouses. So depleted is the local aquifer that it’s forecast to run completely dry within the next half-century. But if the […]

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

At last month’s world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, leaders outlined a set of core responsibilities for humanity, and spoke of the need to reform development assistance. One proposal was to place greater emphasis on local ownership and control of projects. The idea is simple: rather than providing ready-made solutions that might not be right for […]

Why Is It So Hard for Young Women in Africa to Carry a Condom?

Why Is It So Hard for Young Women in Africa to Carry a Condom?

When Esther Namanya (20), a student at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, went to a supermarket to buy a condom she could not find the type she wanted. She had to enquire at the counter if they had the type of condom she was looking for. Overhearing her enquiry, some people in the supermarket […]

A Switch To Ecological Farming Will Benefit Health and Environment – Report

A Switch To Ecological Farming Will Benefit Health and Environment – Report

A new approach to farming is needed to safeguard human health and avoid rising air and water pollution, high greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss, a group of 20 leading agronomists, health, nutrition and social scientists has concluded. Rather than the giant feedlots used to rear animals or the uniform crop monocultures that now dominate […]

Humans Damaging The Environment Faster Than It Can Recover, UN Finds

Humans Damaging The Environment Faster Than It Can Recover, UN Finds

Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found. The study, which involved 1,203 scientists, hundreds of scientific institutions and more than 160 governments brought together […]

Male Involvement Enhances Female Condom Use

Male Involvement Enhances Female Condom Use

Although female condoms have been in the global market for almost 15 years, the product is still unknown to many women. At the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Demark (16-19 May), Denise Van Dijk, director of global market development at The Female Health Company, called for men to be ambassadors of the female condom as […]

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