Slowly changing, but unmoving: The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa

Slowly changing, but unmoving: The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa

Dawn Starin – WNN Features (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Rainy season in upcountry rural Gambia, is green. It is a warm, inviting blend of a thousand greens; a mixture of beautiful, calm, peaceful mingling greens. As I look around and soak in the reality of it all I remember that life, for most of […]

Médecins Sans Frontières Sarah Maynard shares 'first-hand' account of war atrocities in South Sudan

Médecins Sans Frontières Sarah Maynard shares 'first-hand' account of war atrocities in South Sudan

Sarah Maynard for MSF – WNN Features (WNN/MSF) Juba, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN, EASTERN AFRICA: “As entire towns in South Sudan suffered devastating attacks, medical care has also come under fire, with patients shot in their beds, wards burned to the ground, medical equipment looted, and, in one case, an entire hospital destroyed…,” said Médecins Sans […]

AFRICA: Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

AFRICA: Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

Lillian Banda – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia’s First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign has received a rising amount of support from key […]

Morocco’s greatest victim was only 16 years old – Amina Filali

Morocco’s greatest victim was only 16 years old – Amina Filali

WNN Features (WNN) Rabat, MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA: Women’s rights defenders in Morocco are closer than ever to a major victory as the government plans to change a law that has allowed rapists to avoid jail time by marrying their victim. In spite of policy improvement, activists in the region point out that there is still […]

TANZANIA: Women bring climbing dreams to fruition at Mount Kilimanjaro

TANZANIA: Women bring climbing dreams to fruition at Mount Kilimanjaro

Sabine Clappaert – WNN Features (WNN) Kilimanjaro Region, TANZANIA, AFRICA: Mountaineering is a largely male-dominated sport. Of the estimated 4,000 climbers who have made it to the top of Mount Everest since the first official summit of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, only 80 were women. After the first successful summit […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

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