Women Deliver: Young Women Climate Warriors Speak

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) Copenhagen, Denmark, EUROPE:  Seven years have gone by since then, but Majandra Rodrigues Acha of Lima still cannot forget the day she saw the true face of a woman’s vulnerability. It was June 2009 and television channels across Peru were broadcasting the news of a riot that erupted between […]

Kenya Leads Globally On Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Mary Wandia, FGM Program Manager, Equality Now – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – Kenya is about to mark the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), at a time when the country has taken many steps forwards. While overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization […]

[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. […]

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 […]

AFRICA: Rise in public support for women doesn't match on-the-ground wins

AFRICA: Rise in public support for women doesn't match on-the-ground wins

WNN Improve It (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: A new comprehensive study report by research associates Afrobarometer, working with on-the-ground surveys through Ghana’s CDD – Center for Democratic Development along with the IREEP – Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy and IJR – Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa is bringing new insights […]

[Zambia] The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

[Zambia] The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

Amy Fallon – IPS – Tuesday, 14 January 2014 (originally published 09 Jan) CHILANGA, Zambia, Jan 9 2014 (IPS) – There are thousands of miles between Chanyanya Rural Health Clinic, a basic medical centre in Zambia’s rural Kafue District with no resident doctors despite being the main centre for nearly 12,000 people, and the New […]

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old’s […]

New head of UN Women discusses role

New head of UN Women discusses role

Safeeyah Kharsany – Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 16 July 2013 (originally published 14 Jul) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women. Mlambo-Ngcuka, who stepped into the […]

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