South Sudan At 'Crossroads' As It Seeks to Combat Sexual Violence, Says UN Official

WFP

Sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, has declared, while affirming that the widespread use of rape could ultimately be stopped through greater political and legal efforts by the Government and civil society. more»


Catholic Church Opposes Tetanus Vaccination of Women Aged 19-49

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The Catholic Church has opposed a tetanus vaccination campaign scheduled to start next week that targets women between the ages of 19-49 years, claiming it is a secret government plan to sterilise women and control population growth. more»


Egypt: Sexual Harassment Rates Drop On First Day of Eid - Anti-Harassment Initiative

Cairo — The first day of Eid al-Adha holiday has witnessed a decline in sexual harassment incidents, "Shoft Taharosh" (I Saw Harrasment) initiative said Sunday, adding that the reported incidents were of verbal harassment only. more»


Sex Work Becomes Cheaper and Riskier

Stagnating economic growth has affected the sex work industry as sex workers in Mpumalanga, South Africa report charging less for work that some say has become more dangerous. (file photo) more»


Women, the Unsung Heroes of Nigerian Independence

It's been 54 years Nigeria attained her Independence and a lot has truly happened to her people especially the womenfolk, there is no doubt. more»


Access to Finance, Skills and Entrepreneurship for Women Farmers

Financial Inclusion (FI), which promotes access and the use of high-quality financial services, particularly among the poor and women, is crucial to achieving inclusive growth. more»


The Link Between Gender and Food Security

Gender differences can affect the access and control of resources in the agricultural value chain. Therefore, it is critical for the success and ultimate adoption of technologies to consider gender. more»


Tech Entrepreneur Encourages Rwanda's Young Women to Venture Into ICT

Akaliza Keza Gara is only 27, but she's achieved much for women in Rwanda's technology sector in just a short space of time. However, Gara notes that there are a limited number of Rwandan women in the ICT industry. more»


Why We Need Women and Girl's Health on Post-2015 Agenda

Women Deliver, a global advocacy group for womens and girls health, is focused on continuing the Millenium Development Goals after the 2015 deadline. more»


Empowering DR Congo's Sexual Violence Survivors By Enforcing Reparations

Until recently, the international community has largely ignored the fact that even if survivors overcome many of challenges and win their legal cases, they rarely receive reparations. more»


Child Marriage - 20 Most Affected Countries

Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe and Africa. more»


250 Kenyan Girls Say No to Female Circumcision

As the Girl Summit in London calls for an end to female genital mutilation, some Kenyan communities are finding new ways to celebrate their girls reaching womanhood. more»


Little Help for CAR Rape Survivors

The presence of armed groups and continued fighting causing displacement across the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to an escalation of insecurity leaving women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage and extreme violence, including rape. (file photo) more»


Islands of Safety for Young Girls

With Madagascar's political crisis over, children may finally get more protection. 43 % of Madagascars 22 million people are under 15 years old, the safety of young girls is a priority. (file photo) more»


Nigerian Women and Girls Escape Boko Haram Captors

Nigerian security officials have confirmed that 63 women and girls abducted by Islamist extremists two weeks ago have escaped. (file photo) more»


Kagera Women Urged to Breastfeed for Three Years

Kagera women have been advised to breastfeed their babies for at least three years to enable their children have strong immunity against various diseases including Asthma. (file photo) more»


Women and Girls' Health Depends on Ending Child Marriage

Every year, 14 million girls are married before the age of 18, in most cases, without their consent. These child marriages can have severe consequences for their health. (file photo) more»


Tackling Sexual Violence in War Needs Gender Justice in Peace Too

Last week the UK hosted the biggest global meeting ever on sexual violence in conflict.They aimed to raise awareness around the use of rape as a weapon of war. (file photo) more»


Focus On Poverty - Take the Gender Factor Seriously

All aspects of poverty eradication have a gender dimension - climate change is no exception. (file photo) more»


Forthcoming Summit Must Address Sexual Violence Both in and Beyond 'Warzones'

At the upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Leaders will discuss the fact that more needs to be done to address the multiple forms of sexual violence taking place outside of, as well as within global warzones. (file photo) more»


Female Politicians Express Need for Greater Political Voice in W. Africa

Fmr. Malawi President Joyce Banda (Left) Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Right). More than 200 West African elected officials and civil society leaders have converged on Dakar this week for a conference on female leadership. more»


Women Needed to Kickstart South Sudan Peace Process

With South Sudan's peace process floundering, members of the diaspora and their American supporters have come up with a possible solution: give women leadership roles and let them restore peace. (file photo) more»


GDP Is Macho and Keeps Women Poor

For decades, Gross Domestic Product has been used as the measure for economic progress and development, but the GDP tool and model is macho and masks inequalities. (file photo) more»


Egypt Holds First Female Genital Cutting Trial

A doctor will stand trial following the death of a 13-year-old girl who underwent FGM last June, marking the first prosecution since the practice was banned in Egypt. (file photo) more»


Pregnant Sudanese Christian Woman Sentenced to Death

A Sudanese court has sentenced Christian mother, heavily pregnant with her second child, to death by hanging and 100 lashes after convicting her on charges of apostasy and adultery. (file photo) more»


Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it. (file photo) more»


Kenya in Robust Push to Punish FGC Perpetrators

Razor used in female genital cutting: Kenyan authorities face a number of challenges in their efforts to combat FGC and bring offenders to justice. more»


Malawi: Gender Equality is Possible

Malawi women continue to be exposed to gender inequality in all settings despite numerous policies that have been put in place to promote gender equality. (file photo) more»


Families Desperate to Find Nigeria's Abducted Schoolgirls

The military says it has surrounded the location where the abducted schoolgirls are being held, but families want more to be done to locate their daughters despite government assurances. (file photo) more»


Ethiopia's Investments in Family Planning

An Ethiopian Health Extension Worker makes a home visit: Ethiopia's enlightened health policies and quest for sustainable development are incredibly important - not just for Ethiopia but as an example to other nations grappling with similar problems. more»

Can the Real Miss Kenya Please Stand Up?

There has been a tussle between two camps claiming ownership of the Miss Kenya title. One camp run by model scout Tony Chirah recently held their own version of the title where a Miss Kenya was crowned. more»


Temsalet - a Book Celebrating Phenomenal Ethiopian Women Launched

The Network of Ethiopian Women's Associations (NEWA) launched Temsalet: Phenomenal Ethiopian Women, a book featuring stories and photographs of 64 accomplished Ethiopian women, on the 7th of October 2014. more»


Nigeria: Women Entrepreneurs - Knowing the Terrain and Overcoming Challenges

Today, women have become central in discussions that have to do with development. Efforts are being made therefore, in and out of government to support women who want to establish as entrepreneurs. But there are still challenges for start-ups. more»


Women Protest Worsening Oppression, Rising Food Prices

Women's anger is mounting in Sudan as a result of surging food prices and worsening repression in the name of Islam, rights activists said on Wednesday at the launch of a report.(file photo) more»


'New Tanzanian Constitution Honours Gender Equality'

There is jubilation among women in different regions, after the Tanzanian Draft constitution decided to include a section that gives women the power to own and inherit land, just like their male counterparts. more»


Raw Deal for African Women Traders

Trade policies in the Africa are not necessarily favourable to women, because men have better access to resources. If anything, the constraints women face undermine Africa's efforts to realize its full trade potential. more»


Fighting Against Forced Marriages in Niger

Niger has the one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world. In some rural areas, girls are still considered to be heir parents' property. But some girls are fighting back - with desperate measures. (file photo) more»


Helping Uganda's HIV Positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

"Reducing the number of unplanned preganacies among women with HIV is all about dual protection." says Barbara Kemigisa (file photo) more»


Somali Women 'Untapped Resource' in Fight Against Al-Shabaab

For years women in Mogadishu have been on the side-lines in the fight against al-Shabaab, but more recently they have begun to play a more active role by providing critical information about suspicious activity and people to security agencies, officials told Sabahi. more»


Latest Human Development Index Shows Overall Slowdown in Growth

In 16 countries human development levels for women are equal or higher than those for men according to the new Gender Development Index more»


London "Girl Summit" Looks to End Child Marriage in a Generation

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On July 22, the Girl Summit in London will bring together governments, charities, activists and business to declare their intention to end child marriage in one generation. (file photo) more»


ITU, UN Women Partner to Launch Global Technology Awards

ITU and UN Women are partnering to launch a new global technology award that recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men. (file photo) more»


Zambia's First Lady Calls to Criminalize Child Marriage

First Lady Christine Kaseba has called for the introduction of a new law to criminalise perpetrators of early marriages to help curb the vice. more»


Refugees Vulnerable to Gender Violence

The United Nations says gender-based violence against Central African Republic refugees in East Cameroon is very high and is calling on the government to do more to protect these vulnerable women. (file photo) more»


Zimbabwe Parastatal Organizations Ignore Gender Guidlines

Gender and Community Development Minister Oppah Muchinguri (pictured above) has raised concern over the failure by fellow ministers to observe the 50-50 gender representation guidlines in the appointment of parastatal boards. more»


MP Faces Colleagues' Wrath for Advocating FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was the centre of discussion in the Kenyan Parliament on Wednesday as legislators put MP Jimmy Angwenyi on the spot for asking for its legalisation. (file photo) more»


Gunmen Kidnap 20 Women in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement in Borno State near the town of Chibok, where the Islamic militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls and young women on April 15. (file photo) more»


War Long Over in Liberia, but Why Is There Still So Much Rape?

Even for community workers used to hearing horrific accounts of sexual violence in Liberia, the case of a two-year-old girl raped by a male acquaintance was devastating. (file photo) more»


Menstruation Misery for Schoolgirls

More than half of teenage girls in Zimbabwe do not have access to sanitary wear and use unhygienic alternatives such as leaves, a senior Government official has said. (file photo) more»


Sex Workers Risk Contracting HIV

Limited access to sexual reproductive health and abuse from male customers have been identified as key factors that place sex workers at risk of contracting HIV. (file photo) more»


Treating the Physical and Emotional Wounds of Obstetric Fistula

A hospital providing free fistula repair operations, Worldwide, an estimated two million women currently live with obstetric fistula, with 50,000 to 100,000 women developing it each year. (file photo) more»


Violence Leaves Women, Young People On the Edge

As with many conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies around the world, those who suffer the most are women, young girls and children. The crisis in South Sudan is no exception. (file photo) more»


Liberia: NRC Seeks Women's Access to Property

A new report shows women face greater obstacles to gaining rights to housing, land and property than men, and most documents providing evidence of rights are written in the names of men. (file photo) more»


Sierra Leone Girls Trade Sex for Mobile Phones

Teenage girls in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown are selling their bodies to buy mobile phones, putting them at increased risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, says a study. (file photo) more»


Working to Ensure Mother and Child Survival

Toyin Saraki's (pictured) efforts on behalf of mother and child survival are part of a growing global push to invest in the health of women and their families. more»


Tunisia's Landmark Action On Women's Rights

Tunisia has officially lifted key reservations to the international women's treaty, an important step toward realizing gender equality, Human Rights Watch has said. (file photo) more»


Kenya Signs Law Legalising Polygamy for Men

Kenya's President Uhuru has signed a law making it legal for a man to marry as many women as he likes without his wife's permission. (file photo) more»


Lesotho: "Daughters Can't Be Chiefs"

Lesotho woman: A ruling by the country's highest court upheld a section of the Chieftaincy Act that denies daughters the right to succeed to chieftainship due to their gender. more»

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