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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sierra Leone women’s confidence falls on eve of national election

Sierra Leone women’s confidence falls on eve of national election

Sabrina Mahtani – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Freetown, SIERRA LEONE, AFRICA: As the euphoria over the US elections settles, another vote (far less in the media spotlight) is taking place. On 17 November, Sierra Leone will hold its third multi-party election since the end of the civil war, 10 years ago. While we wait to see […]

When a Girl Student Stands Up and Wins

When a Girl Student Stands Up and Wins

Fighting teacher-student rape in Zambia Sally Chiwama – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AFRICA: In Feb 2006, only three months before the Zambian government ratified the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, a young girl student was calculatingly raped by her greatest authority figure, her own school teacher. The minor and […]