I dream someday of a day where FGM does not exist

I dream someday of a day where FGM does not exist

Madina Bocoum Daff – WNN Improve It (WNN/PI) Bamako, MALI, WESTERN AFRICA: “Woman has to suffer, woman has to endure”. We grew up listening to these words of my mother almost every day. She told us often “you have to keep your mouth shut whatever be the circumstance because you are a woman.” It was […]

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. […]

Will future humanitarian disasters be able to get the best assistance?

Will future humanitarian disasters be able to get the best assistance?

Katy Migiro for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As global emergencies multiply, humanitarian workers are in effect running long-term welfare projects and are being co-opted into politics, while the world is spending “peanuts” on solving the crises, leading humanitarian scholar Peter Walker said. Walker worked for […]

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

Isaiah Esipisu for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are due to get a bigger say in Kenya’s climate change policies after female parliamentarians representing its 47 counties joined a group that has been pushing for gender balance from the local up to the national level. […]

What does it mean to be African?

What does it mean to be African?

Wale Idris Ajibade – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: What does it means to be African in the real sense? Is it spiritual? Is it a course, a journey, a deep sense of hope of healing, reconciliation, or a birthright based inclination? Is it a responsibility for just Africans, or […]

Organized crime kills elephants under increased ivory poaching says UN

Organized crime kills elephants under increased ivory poaching says UN

WNN Earth Watch (WNN/UN) United Nations, New York, N.Y., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Eight countries identified as being the most affected by the illegal trade in elephant ivory have submitted national action plans to the United Nations-backed treaty for the conservation of endangered species containing measures to combat the scourge. The Secretariat of United Nations CITES […]