Leniency in rape laws depends on vote in Mozambique, Africa

Leniency in rape laws depends on vote in Mozambique, Africa

Kimberly M. Brown for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Washington D.C., U.S., AMERICAS: Every day we open newspapers around the world to read stories of the tragic injustices faced by women and girls in their communities. Often we remark in disgust, wondering what could’ve been done and how we can prevent such atrocities from […]

South Africa Heritage Day is for women too!

South Africa Heritage Day is for women too!

Claudia Forster-Towne – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Its National Braai Day again, a colloquial name given to South Africa’s Heritage Day. It is a day when South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and diversity in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. But, the truth of […]

African court elects new [woman] president

African court elects new [woman] president

Marc Nkwame – In2EastAfrica – Tuesday, 25 September 2012 (originally published 19 Sept) Justice Akuffo who was elected during the court’s 26th ordinary session which was preceded by the swearing-in ceremony of ACHPR judges, had previously served as the Pan-African court’s Vice President. The terms of both the President and Vice-President of the court, whose […]

Congo rape survivors need more than tears and talk

Congo rape survivors need more than tears and talk

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/TRF) LONDON: The first rape victim who doctor Denis Mukwege treated in his hospital in eastern Congo had been so badly mutilated he thought it was a one-off attack by “some nutter”. But she was soon followed by many others who had been subjected to […]

Fishing and agri-businesses not easy for many women in Madagascar

Fishing and agri-businesses not easy for many women in Madagascar

WNN MDG Stories (WNN) St. Luce, MADAGASCAR, AFRICA: Having had little education, 22-year-old Fanja – like her mother and most women in St Luce – makes tsihy (woven mats) for her living. She describes the “demanding”, “painful” and sometimes dangerous process: from collecting materials, to preparation and weaving, to selling the tsihy in Mahatalaky – […]