Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Monday October 27, 2014 (originally published 23 Oct) Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that […]

Nigeria: Activists Dance in Demand for Female Condom

Nigeria: Activists Dance in Demand for Female Condom

Chukwudi Nweje – ALLAfrica via Daily Independent  – Tuesday September, 23, 2014 (originally published 22 Sept) Women’s reproductive health rights are a subject not many people want to discuss. For cultural and religious reasons, the topic is often treated as a taboo and not to be spoken about not even by the women. However, it […]

Michelle Obama Urges Young Africans to Embrace Women's Rights

Michelle Obama Urges Young Africans to Embrace Women's Rights

Pamela Dockins – Voice of America – Thursday, 31 July 2014 U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, in speaking at the Young Africans Leaders Initiative program Wednesday, urged attendees to advocate for women’s rights in their home countries.  Participants, such as Ezenwa Okoro of Nigeria, said they liked what the first lady had to say. “Every […]

[Africa] Women should do better in agric, health care, finance – Bukola Bello -Jaiyesimi

[Africa] Women should do better in agric, health care, finance – Bukola Bello -Jaiyesimi

Christy Anyanwu – Sun – Wednesday, 23 July 2014 (originally published 21 Jul) Bukola Bello-Jaiyesimi is passionate about  women’s cause and mentoring  youngsters.  She studied Cultural Diversity Awareness in Scotland and this broadened her horizon. A pan-Africanist and multiple-awards recipient, she spoke with Sunday Sun recently about her life as an entrepreneur and other issues. […]

A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on H.I.V. in Africa

A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on H.I.V. in Africa

Donald G. McNeil Jr. – New York Times – Monday, 12 May 2014 (originally published 10 May) OTIMATI, South Africa — While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women. And while there are many theories, no one has been […]

‘Our hair is kinky’: Black women cry racism after U.S. army bans dreadlocks and cornrows among its troops

‘Our hair is kinky’: Black women cry racism after U.S. army bans dreadlocks and cornrows among its troops

Helene Cooper, The New York Times – National Post – Friday, 25 April 2014 (originally published 21 Apr) In reaction to a new Army regulation banning numerous hairstyles — twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows — popular with black women, the 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus have asked Mr. Hagel to overturn the regulation […]

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Nirit Ben-Ari – SpyGhana – Tuesday, 08 April 2014 (originally published 06 Apr) Do land, seeds and crops havea gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture […]

Tonota women pioneer coffee farming in Botswana

Tonota women pioneer coffee farming in Botswana

Pini Bothoko – The Monitor – Tuesday 13 August, 2013 (originally published August 12) TONOTA: Two women in Tonota are successfully pioneering coffee farming in Botswana [Southern Africa]. Elizabeth Selogelo 58 and Motlalepula Raditshaba 57 are in their second season of commercial coffee farming after planting last year. The two have been farmers since their […]

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