A monument to strong [Caribbean] black women [in UK]

A monument to strong [Caribbean] black women [in UK]

Natricia Duncan – Voice – Thursday, 09 January 2014 (originally published 06 Jan) AN AFRICAN mother holding a baby stands proudly in Stockwell Park, her gaze firmly fixed upwards. She has come to represent the enduring strength of black women. The 10-foot bronze sculpture was the brainchild of Guyanese-born Lambeth resident Cecile Nobrega, who recently […]

Technology and Innovation Aim at Greater Food Security

Technology and Innovation Aim at Greater Food Security

Cydney Hargis – IPS – Monday, 29 July 2013 (originally published 27 Jul) WASHINGTON, Jul 27 2013 (IPS) – In the face of global climate change and currency devaluation, improved strategies are being used to combat high international poverty and malnutrition rates, and to increase global food security.  The  administrator of  the the U.S. Agency […]

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

Anya Kamenetz – Co.Exist – Thursday, 20 June 2013 The SmartWoman Project hopes that text messages can be a medium for knowledge, health, and financial empowerment. When women connect, the world changes. The idea is for relatively affluent women to download the SmartWoman app and pay a monthly fee of $5. This gets them access […]

A Future Fortified by [Kenya] Women

A Future Fortified by [Kenya] Women

Adrianna Logalbo – Diplomatic Courier – Friday, 15 March 2013 (originally published 12 Mar) On a recent trip to Kenya, I was fortunate to meet several women who are, in their own ways, combating the urgent yet often hidden problem of malnutrition, and I was reminded once again of the power women have to truly […]

Reversing FGM – Female Genital Mutilation worldwide is an uphill climb

Reversing FGM – Female Genital Mutilation worldwide is an uphill climb

Faiza Jama Mohamed – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a severe form of discrimination against girls.  It is an extremely violent act of control and an utterly invasive and destructive assault of the female sexual organs.  It promotes the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with girls, which needs […]

Dangers in sanitation hurts slum children of Nairobi, Kenya

Dangers in sanitation hurts slum children of Nairobi, Kenya

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Kisumu slum, Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: The odour of human waste is unbearable at the pit latrine behind Nancy Anyango’s house in Manyatta, a sprawling slum in the western Kenya city of Kisumu. Nearby, a heap of rotting garbage lies between long rows of shacks. From a distance, one can hear the […]

Kenyan Women Create Their Own ‘Geek Culture’

Kenyan Women Create Their Own ‘Geek Culture’

Gregory Warner – NPR – Thursday, 27 December 2012 (originally published 24 Dec) When a collective of female computer programmers in Kenya needed a name for their ladies-only club, they took their inspiration from the Japanese cult film Akira. “So akira is a Japanese word. It means energy and intelligence. And we are energetic and […]

Can literacy lessen climate change impacts in Eastern Kenya?

Can literacy lessen climate change impacts in Eastern Kenya?

Caroline Wambui – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/PSM) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: The wrath of climate change affects both those who well understand what this phenomenon is and those who do not.  During the Millennium summit in the year 2000, 189 countries signed the Millennium development goals (MDG) in New York. There was a growing understanding that poverty, […]