Girls, not guns: The promise of progress for South Sudan

Girls, not guns: The promise of progress for South Sudan

Tracy Fehr – WNN Opinon (WNN/EP) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: During the first year of independence for the world’s newest nation, women of South Sudan united to amplify their voices and ensure their rights are guaranteed in the constitution and enforced by the government. These efforts have led to some milestones in the development of […]

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

Gillian Lamunu – WNN Opinion (WNN/IWPR) Gulu, UGANDA, AFRICA: Last month, the Ugandan government dropped its 12-year-old amnesty for rebel combatants who decide to lay down their arms and renounce violence. On May 23, Interior Minister Hilary Onek extended the Amnesty Act for a further 12 months, but in a form that left out crucial clauses […]

African women who changed our world

African women who changed our world

Jessica Horn – WNN Opinion   (WNN/OD) OPINION Africa: In the company of souls departed and souls vibrantly alive, Jessica Horn reflects on the significance of the lives of Nobel laureates Leymah Gbowee and the late Wangari Maathai, and the transgressive power of African women on a mission. ___ Since I started to write for […]

AFRICA: Poverty Zimbabwe hits women and children hardest

AFRICA: Poverty Zimbabwe hits women and children hardest

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda – WNN Opinion (WNN) Rural ZIMBABWE, Africa: It has been a sad week for many people in Zimbabwe as the issue of underwear became a public policy issue. The poor, mostly women have become so poor, that the country had to regulate the importation of second hand underwear. In our culture and social life, […]

A decade of triumphs still includes needs for African Women

A decade of triumphs still includes needs for African Women

Rainitou Sow for Make Every Woman Count –  WNN Opinion (WNN) OPINION: One year ago, the African Union declared 2010-2020 as African Women’s Decade. The theme of this year is “Health, Maternal Mortality and HIV/AIDS”. This decade is a promise from African governments and the African Union to promote women’s rights and achieve gender equality […]