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We Cannot Have a Senate Without Women

We Cannot Have a Senate Without Women

Marie Gareth Nizigama, UN Women Liberia country: “UN Women has not given any money before and will not give money to any candidate or implementing partner.” UN Women pledges more support to female senatorial candidates UN Women Liberia on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, held a virtual meeting with female candidates vying for seats in the […]

Child Marriages Remain A Major Challenge In South African Development Community

Child Marriages Remain A Major Challenge In South African Development Community

There has been a flurry of legal battles to end child marriages in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region over the past few years. Successes have been scored on the legal front at both regional and national levels but equally so there have been some noticeable barriers in the fight against child marriages. In […]

Kenyan Men Take Lead In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Kenyan Men Take Lead In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Organisations involved in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and outdated cultural practices are now increasingly involving men owing to their influence in the African family setup. Men Engage Kenya Network (Menken), in partnership with Isiolo County Government, is undertaking a male-led advocacy campaign that seeks to engage 2,000 men in dealing with GBV cases, […]

Traffickers Profiting As Pandemic Makes Crime Harder To Crack, U.N. warns

Traffickers Profiting As Pandemic Makes Crime Harder To Crack, U.N. warns

Human traffickers are capitalising on the coronavirus pandemic to target people ranging from jobless migrants to out-of-school children, two United Nations specialists said, warning that the fallout from COVID-19 had driven the crime further underground. The global economic slowdown has left countless people jobless, desperate and at risk of exploitation, while victims of trafficking are […]

Your Mission Must Be Stronger Than Your Fear – Taraji P. Henson

Your Mission Must Be Stronger Than Your Fear – Taraji P. Henson

“When I’m passionate about something, I get like this,” the award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson explains via Zoom from her home in Los Angeles, hands cupped closely around the sides of her stunning face, leaning into the camera, vibrant, fiery red block braids styled atop her head. “I’m laser-­focused until that thing is done.” With a global pandemic disproportionately affecting […]

‘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 […]

Govt Intensifies War On Sexual Violence In Namibia

Govt Intensifies War On Sexual Violence In Namibia

The protest of young people under the banner #ShutItAllDown against sexual and gender-based violence has yielded some results as the government looks into filling nearly 160 vacancies within the police’s gender-based violence protection unit as a matter of urgency. Speaking in parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the police would identify candidates and train […]

UK Urged To Force Firms To Publish Plans For Closing Gender Pay Gap

UK Urged To Force Firms To Publish Plans For Closing Gender Pay Gap

Britain should make companies draw up plans for closing their gender pay gaps, women’s rights experts said on Wednesday amid warnings that COVID-19 threatens to worsen inequality. They also urged Britain to set a global example by requiring businesses to report their pay gap according to ethnicity – an idea parliament will consider later this […]

Women In Jigawa Community Fund Emergency Transportation For Pregnant Women

Women In Jigawa Community Fund Emergency Transportation For Pregnant Women

“My husband and I have always known that I would deliver at the hospital,” says Azeema Hussaini, 25, while sitting on a bed in a muddy two-room house, nursing her three-week-old daughter, Maisara, whom she gave birth to at the General Hospital Jahun, Jigawa State. The mother of three had her previous deliveries at the […]

Namibia Weighs Demands For Rape Crackdown After Street Protests

Namibia Weighs Demands For Rape Crackdown After Street Protests

Street protests that led to the arrest of 25 women’s rights activists in Namibia at the weekend have prompted the government to launch an urgent review to consider their demands for tougher penalties for rape and sexual abuse. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Windhoek, the city of Walvis Bay and a town […]

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