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Tanzania Budget Imposes New Taxes On Wigs, Sanitary Towels

Tanzania Budget Imposes New Taxes On Wigs, Sanitary Towels

Tanzania’s Minister of Finance and Planning Philip Mpango has announced a 25 per cent tax for imported wigs and hair extensions and a 10 per cent tax for locally manufactured ones. The taxes come into effect in July, he said in Parliament on Thursday as he read the country’s 2019/2020 Budget, eliciting applause from the […]

Cyclone Idai Continues To Rage For Women And Girls In South Africa

Cyclone Idai Continues To Rage For Women And Girls In South Africa

 In late March Cyclone Idai carved a path of devastation across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. It was the deadliest cyclone to hit the region in more than a century, others have even referred to it as “Africa’s Hurricane Katrina.” More than 1,000 people were killed. Many more saw their homes, food crops, and even entire […]

Yet Another Dictator In Sudan

Yet Another Dictator In Sudan

Sudan civil society activist Hassan Abdelati spoke to FRED OLUOCH on the situation in their country, challenges and the way forward. President Omar al-Bashir is gone but the people who were the power behind him for the past 30 years still hold positions of influence. What are the protesters planning to do about this? The objectives of […]

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

As a 10-year-old in rural Kenya, Beryl Magoko was not surprised when her Kuria community arranged for her to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), as it was normal for girls. But she was shocked to learn about reconstructive surgery for FGM at a 2013 screening in West Africa of her award-winning documentary “The Cut” – […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

In 2016, I wrote an article, ‘When will ‘Servants of God’ stop preying on women and children? Five Lessons from the ‘Reverend’ Kingsley Ezeugo Saga’. Almost on a daily basis, there are reports about religious leaders abusing members of their congregation. This problem is a global one, and has been around for a long time, […]

Companies Should Step Up Human Rights To Profit – Amy Clooney

Companies Should Step Up Human Rights To Profit – Amy Clooney

If they don’t act on rights abuses, businesses risk being judged by their employees, shareholders and the public, says high-profile lawyer Companies need to put respect for human rights at the core of their businesses, with “doing good” likely to become a longer-lasting trend if they see it as a way to boost profits, international […]

Auxillia Mnangagwa Equips 50 Girls With Tourism, Hospitality Skills

Auxillia Mnangagwa Equips 50 Girls With Tourism, Hospitality Skills

It was a dream come true for more than 50 young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who received certificates yesterday after undergoing a special training programme in tourism and hospitality, courtesy of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa. The skills they received will empower and capacitate them to be self-reliant. Amai Mnangagwa facilitated the skills mentorship programme through […]

Kenyatta Vows To Push For Women, Children Empowerment

Kenyatta Vows To Push For Women, Children Empowerment

President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to address opportunities for more women to get in power, education for all children and an end to female genital mutilation. Mr Kenyatta was responding to a question on how he was going to use his power during the opening of the four-day Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. […]

‘My Husband Must Not Hear That I want To Use Family Planning’ – How Lack of Spousal Consent Deters Women From Family Planning

‘My Husband Must Not Hear That I want To Use Family Planning’ – How Lack of Spousal Consent Deters Women From Family Planning

Haleema Yousef lives in an uncompleted building in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja. She shares the single room with her husband and five children. The shack also serves as a shop where she does henna designs for her customers and prepares the ‘moi-moi’ (a local delicacy) her children help her sell. Haleema does odd jobs […]

Ramaphosa Cuts Cabinet From 36 To 28 Ministers, Half Of Whom Are Women

Ramaphosa Cuts Cabinet From 36 To 28 Ministers, Half Of Whom Are Women

After a day of consultation, President Cyril Ramaphosa finally announced his Cabinet on Wednesday evening, sticking to his promise to slash the bloated executive. David Mabuza and Pravin Gordhan will keep their positions in a Cabinet that will see Patricia de Lille become a minister, while a number of ANC veterans didn’t make the cut. […]

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