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Kenya’s Adolescent Women Left Behind As More Married Women Access Contraception

Kenya’s Adolescent Women Left Behind As More Married Women Access Contraception

 It was only when 17-year-old Eva Muigai was in her final trimester that her family discovered she was pregnant. Muigai, a form three student who lives with her family in Gachie, Central Kenya, had spent her pregnancy wearing tight bodysuits and loose-fitting clothes that hid her growing baby bump. “The plan was to have an […]

World Leaders Warn Coronavirus Could Roll Back Progress For Women

World Leaders Warn Coronavirus Could Roll Back Progress For Women

Coronavirus is threatening to undo recent gains made toward gender equality as millions of women and girls are predicted to have unwanted pregnancies and fall into poverty, world leaders said on Thursday. A “wake-up call” is needed to protect women’s and children’s rights amid the pandemic, said the president of Estonia and former prime minister […]

Sanitary Wear Must Be Affordable For Girls

Sanitary Wear Must Be Affordable For Girls

Sanitary wear must be made available and affordable, while education about menstruation and stigma around the biological process must continue, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has said. Amai Mnangagwa said this yesterday during her interaction with 50 children drawn from disadvantaged backgrounds during the commemoration of the Menstrual Hygiene Management Day. There have been major concerns […]

Electric Motorbike Gives Women In Rural Zimbabwe A Path Out Of Poverty

Electric Motorbike Gives Women In Rural Zimbabwe A Path Out Of Poverty

In the rural Zimbabwe district of Wedza, a new electric-powered motorcycle is helping bring income to poor women and easing the burden of looking after families. The three-wheeler, known as Hamba (Go), powered by a solar-charged lithium ion battery, is being piloted by start-up Mobility for Africa, which leases the motorcycle to women in groups […]

Italian Centres For Abused Women Lose State Funding As Lockdown Fuels Demand

Italian Centres For Abused Women Lose State Funding As Lockdown Fuels Demand

When Italy announced its coronavirus lockdown in early March Anna Levrero, who runs a shelter for abused women in the worst-hit region of Lombardy, knew it would bring a spike in calls. But she was already grappling with another challenge. Centres for domestic abuse sufferers in Lombardy in northern Italy have since last year been […]

WHO Urges Caution As Countries In Africa Ease Lockdowns

WHO Urges Caution As Countries In Africa Ease Lockdowns

Three months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in sub-Saharan Africa, the region has made progress in tackling the virus. Many countries implemented lockdowns and key public health measures early and these appear to have helped slow down the spread of the disease. However, there are concerns that if these measures are relaxed […]

ITC Continues To Empower Women In West Africa Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

ITC Continues To Empower Women In West Africa Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having a profound impact on economic activity across the world, and increasingly are some of the most vulnerable economies. As the pandemic continues to fuel global disruption, emerging research indicates that women’s productive and economic lives will be disproportionately affected. The compounded economic effects of the ongoing crisis are felt […]

From Brazil To Kenya, Coronavirus Widows Lose Their Husbands

From Brazil To Kenya, Coronavirus Widows Lose Their Husbands

Widows across the globe are being evicted, forced to give up property or to marry male relatives after their husbands die from the new coronavirus, land rights experts said on Tuesday. Women often only earn legal or socially recognised rights to land and property through a husband or father, which are regularly violated during times […]

Femicides In Argentina Reach 10-year High Under Coronavirus Lockdown

Femicides In Argentina Reach 10-year High Under Coronavirus Lockdown

The number of women killed in Argentina has reached a 10-year high under coronavirus lockdown, a leading rights group said on Monday, with more than 50 femicides in less than two months. Three of those women were murdered in just the last four days, according to La Casa del Encuentro, a Buenos Aires-based feminist group […]

Women, Migrants, Minorities To Suffer Most In Latin America As Coronavirus Rages -UN agency

Women, Migrants, Minorities To Suffer Most In Latin America As Coronavirus Rages -UN agency

The coronavirus pandemic will make a bad economic situation worse for women, indigenous people, migrants and people of African descent in Latin America, a region already plagued by deep-rooted inequality, a United Nations agency said in a report issued on Tuesday.   Unequal access to potable water, sanitation, healthcare and housing could also mean higher […]

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