Malawi’s solar micro-finance initiative builds business for women entrepreneurs

Malawi’s solar micro-finance initiative builds business for women entrepreneurs

Jessica Buchleitner –  WNN Features (WNN) Kasungu, Malawi: In the small landlocked southeastern African nation of Malawi only 8% of its growing 15.263 million people are connected to the national power grid, a source of power that has become increasingly unreliable. For many women and their families this often means only one thing – complete […]

EGYPT: Secret abortions help women circumvent honor violence

EGYPT: Secret abortions help women circumvent honor violence

Mannar Amar – WNN Features (WNN) CAIRO: *Twenty-two year old Amira went through a clandestine abortion to escape society’s retributions. She was in love with her boyfriend of five years and insisted that the pregnancy was an innocent mistake. When she first realized that she was late on her menstruation cycle she felt helpless and […]

KENYA: Sex-trafficked women and girls also vulnerable to organ trafficking

KENYA: Sex-trafficked women and girls also vulnerable to organ trafficking

Gitonga Njeru – WNN  Features (WNN) NAIROBI:  With the highest rate of human trafficking in East and Central Africa, several nongovernmental organizations in Kenya are now under investigation by INTERPOL , the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. The Interpol Sub-regional Bureau for Eastern Africa is based in Kenya’s capital in Nairobi. Young […]

Cameroon ‘Aunties’ educate to protect rural girls from breast ironing

Cameroon ‘Aunties’ educate to protect rural girls from breast ironing

Eva Fernández Ortiz – WNN Features (WNN) CAMEROON: All mothers will do whatever it takes to protect their children’s well being. In Cameroon, this ‘protection’ goes as far as burning their teenage daughters’ breasts. Breast ironing is a traditional practice that painfully affects about one in four girls in Cameroon, Africa. But new education programs for […]

Corruption Kenya drives rise in girl-child trafficking

Corruption Kenya drives rise in girl-child trafficking

Gitonga Njeru – WNN Features An update on this story has been made: January 20, 2012 (WNN) NAIROBI: For almost three years, 39 year old, Jane Ngoyoini, has not seen or heard from her daughter. In 2007, 15 year old, Frieda Ngoyoini, completely vanished during a school girl-scout jamboree program near Chelmsford, Essex, England. To […]

KENYA Sanitation: ‘Flying-Toilets’ insulate women from rape

KENYA Sanitation: ‘Flying-Toilets’ insulate women from rape

Kenya correspondent Tabitha Nderitu – WNN Features Nairobi, Kenya – When darkness descends in the ubiquitous slums and ‘informal settlements’ surrounding Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, women who visit and use communal toilets unwittingly become sitting ducks. The dangers are high, for women living in the slums, that they may become targets of youth gangs and individual […]

Sex-workers get second chance at life with microloans in Kenya

Sex-workers get second chance at life with microloans in Kenya

Correspondent Gitonga Njeru – WNN Features Nairobi, Kenya: With higher levels of economic growth than expected, Kenya’s banks have already begun giving successful loans to a specific and special group of women. Many of these women have struggled through poverty with only one option available to them as they raise their children alone without assistance. […]