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End GBV to Save Women From HIV, Urges UN Agency

End GBV to Save Women From HIV, Urges UN Agency

United Nations HIV/Aids agency has called for urgent action to end gender-based violence (GBV) which exacerbates women’s vulnerability to HIV. “Women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV,” read a May 28, tweet posted on Joint United Nations Program on HIV/Aids (UNAids) account. “Governments must […]

It’s Time For Women And Girls To Speak About Their Periods

It’s Time For Women And Girls To Speak About Their Periods

Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. If we are to achieve true gender equality, we need to tackle everything that contributes to the discrimination and marginalization of women — including menstruation. While menstruation is the most […]

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: ‘Menstruation is Not a Dirty Word

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: ‘Menstruation is Not a Dirty Word

Every year World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed on May 28 with the aim to change the social stigma associated with menstruation. The date May 28 was chosen to observe the day because on average the menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days and the menstruation period for most women is for five days. […]

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health

Menstrual Hygiene Day is marked on May 28 every year. Menstrual hygiene and health for millions of women and girls have been suffering since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and successive lockdowns. Lack of resources and poverty are impacting the ability of people to manage their menstruation and health. According to experts, the poorest […]

Let us Unite to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls in Liberia

Let us Unite to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls in Liberia

The 25th of every month has been proclaimed by the United Nations Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign as ‘Orange Day.’ This is a day set aside to raise awareness and to take action to end violence against women and girls across the world. ‘Orange Day’ calls upon activists, governments and UN […]

Dangote Maintains Ranking As Forbes’ Africa’s Richest Man

Dangote Maintains Ranking As Forbes’ Africa’s Richest Man

For the tenth time, Nigeria’s entrepreneurial giant and richest black man on earth, Mr. Aliko Dangote, has retained his position as the richest man in Africa with a net worth of $12.1 billion, according to the 2021 edition of the Forbes’ Top 10 Africa’s Billionaires List. Dangote’s current net worth is higher than his 2020 […]

Symposium to Take Stock of Progress On Menstrual Health in Africa

Symposium to Take Stock of Progress On Menstrual Health in Africa

Around 5000 participants from Africa and worldwide are expected to gather to track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the first Call to Action was made at the African Menstrual Health Symposium in Johannesburg in 2018. A follow-up event, the African Coalition Symposium on Menstrual Health, will be held virtually from 25 to […]

Child Brides Left Out Of India’s Domestic Violence Data

Child Brides Left Out Of India’s Domestic Violence Data

Child brides being beaten by their husbands will no longer be included in India’s biggest survey of domestic violence – potentially hiding the problem and making it even harder for married girls to get help. India’s national health survey is a mine of statistics on key social indicators – from fertility rates to immunisation, marriage […]

Only Half Of Women In Developing World In Charge Of Their Own Bodies

Only Half Of Women In Developing World In Charge Of Their Own Bodies

Only about half of women and girls in developing countries are able to make decisions over their own bodies such as whether they want to have sex, seek healthcare and use contraception, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. From being denied access to contraception or abortion services, made to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and virginity […]

UN Reunites 58 Abducted Women, Children With Their Families

UN Reunites 58 Abducted Women, Children With Their Families

 The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during Easter reunited 58 abducted women and children with their families. The women and children were kidnapped during last year’s vicious inter-communal fighting in Jonglei State. UNMISS says the exchange of abducted women and children followed a community-led goodwill agreement between the Lou Nuer, Murle and Dinka […]

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