MALAWI: Women receive better comprehensive healthcare for obstetric fistula

MALAWI: Women receive better comprehensive healthcare for obstetric fistula

Lameck Masina for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Blantyre, MALAWI, EASTERN AFRICA:  Malawi and the United Nations are stepping up efforts to prevent obstetric fistula cases and to help more women already suffering with the condition. Considered a condition born of poverty, obstetric fistula can occur in women during prolonged and difficult child birth or […]

Farm Africa: the women digging their daughters’ future

Farm Africa: the women digging their daughters’ future

Rosie Boycott for The Telegraph – Wednesday June 19, 2013 (originally published 17 June) “The beef is at the slaughterhouse, it will be 20 minutes.” Not something you hear every day, but then it’s not every day that one is charged with preparing a feast for 20 African women, assorted villagers, children and a handful […]

Community gardens work to increase food security in Lesotho, Africa

Community gardens work to increase food security in Lesotho, Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/FAO) Maseru, Lesotho, Southeast Africa: A project in Lesotho’s Mafeteng district shows HIV-affected families how to unlock the potential of keyhole gardens for greater food and nutrition security. Lesotho is one of the smallest African countries neighboring on the northeast border of South Africa. The Kingdom of Lesotho is a mountainous, landlocked nation. […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

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 […]

Women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa set to recieve millions in funding

Women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa set to recieve millions in funding

WNN Breaking (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has just announced that its program, which develops the research and leadership skills of top women agricultural scientists in Africa, has received new joint funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (US$14 million) and the United States Agency for International Development […]

Zimbabwe land reform leaves women farmers far behind

Zimbabwe land reform leaves women farmers far behind

Tania Ghosh – WNN Features Zimbabwean women are denied access to land under African the government’s land reform programme, a new report has found. According to the report, women make up 51 per cent of the population and yet there has been little mention of women, if at all, during the two phases of the […]