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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 […]

Day of The Girl Child : Gender Equality [The Unfinished Business Of Our Time]

Day of The Girl Child : Gender Equality [The Unfinished Business Of Our Time]

The unfinished business of our time Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Moreover, it has been shown that empowering women spurs productivity and economic […]

Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is setting back important progress on women’s health across Africa. There are many reasons for this, including lockdown restrictions which are keeping women at home, concerns about catching the virus, and the closure of women’s health services. These problems are not simple ones, but they to be acknowledged and addressed. In my […]

Most Countries Failing To Address Women’s Needs During Pandemic – UN

Most Countries Failing To Address Women’s Needs During Pandemic – UN

COVID-19 crisis offers a chance to reshape societies for a fairer future, according to U.N. Women and the U.N. Development Programme Only one in eight countries worldwide have brought in measures to specifically protect women from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a database of government responses to COVID-19 launched by two U.N. […]

Somalia’s New PM Takes Office, Pledges To Fight Women Abuses

Somalia’s New PM Takes Office, Pledges To Fight Women Abuses

The newly-appointed prime minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble has taken the office from the acting and deputy PM Mahdi Mohamed Guled Khadar on Sunday. Cabinet members and other high-ranking government officials were in attendance at the hand-over event held the PM’s office inside the heavily guarded presidential palace. In his speech, Roble has vowed […]