As the world reflects on the progress women have made and obstacles they face this International Women's Day (IWD), our partner publishers have tackled several issues facing women on the continent, including gender balance in Kenya's Parliament, how to encourage Tanzanian women to make decisions using data, why no woman has ever been elected as a governor in Nigeria (despite the case of Virginia Etiaba in 2006) and allAfrica's Sethi Ncube shares her thoughts after attending a IWD meeting in Johannesburg. This year's theme for IWD is #BalanceforBetter, which has seen widespread support, but not from everyone...
How Do Women in Newsrooms #BalanceforBetter?
allAfrica, 8 March 2019
Sethi Ncube attended Google South Africa's Women in Media brunch, and walked away with these thoughts... Read more »
Kenya Yet to Realise Gender Parity Dream
Nation, 8 March 2019
Kenya joins the rest of the world to mark the International Women's Day today amid several unresolved gender issues. From the outset, this is an opportune moment to take stock of… Read more »
How are Women Musicians Treated in Zimbabwe?
The Herald, 8 March 2019
As the world celebrates International Women's Day today, women in various sectors are celebrating their achievements, and also voicing concerns about the challenges they are… Read more »
My Grandfather Mandela, Gender Equality and Me
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 6 March 2019
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Read more »
International Women's Day Needs to Return to Its Radical Roots
IPS, 5 March 2019
The theme for International Women's Day this year doesn't resonate with us. #BalanceForBetter brings to mind slow gradual change, and assumes that if you provide women and girls… Read more »
Rwanda's Govt - Real Equality or Gender-Washing?
Deutsche Welle, 7 March 2019
Few countries have more women in politics than Rwanda. They make up 60 percent of the lawmakers, 50 percent of the cabinet and half of the supreme court judges. But how much… Read more »
International Women's Day Puts Spotlight on Victims, Activists, Heroes
VOA, 8 March 2019
Civic and governmental organizations around the world are preparing to recognize and celebrate International Women's Day on Friday. Read more »
One Woman, Many Inequality Issues
Observer, 8 March 2019
The challenges of life and war of inequalities are the increasing battle of a girl child. We live in a world that is rapidly growing in increased crime rate and vulnerabilities.… Read more »
Women at work in Nigeria.
The civil war that brought down Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi allowed the country's women to carve out niches for themselves in public life. Now they are being squeezed out and even killed.
Abena Theresa Ninon of Cameroon tackles Linda Motlhalo of South Africa during Cosafa Womens Championship Final match between Cameroon and South Africa on the 22 September 2018 at Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
Empowering Women On the Frontlines of Climate Change
UNEP, 8 March 2019
On any given morning in the locality of Al-Rahad in Sudan, women like Hawa Abdullah, dressed in bright colours, can be seen turning up the earth of their land or scattering seeds… Read more »
Believe It or Not, Police Are Living in Fear As Uganda Army Turn Into Wife-Beaters
East African, 6 March 2019
Comparisons are being drawn between the 120-year-old Uganda Police and the country's army, whose official age is either 38 since its launch as a rebel force or 23 since the… Read more »
Female Teachers - the Not-So Secret Ingredient to Educate More Girls
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 7 March 2019
Feminists Call for Establishment of Gender Units in Universities
Monitor, 8 March 2019
Every university should have a gender unit as an institutional mechanism that ensures that gender equity is observed. Read more »
Quest for Gender Balance in Nigeria
Guardian, 5 March 2019
While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are diminishing, gender inequality continues to hold women back and deprive them of their basic rights and opportunities.… Read more »
Celebrating International Women's Day By Encouraging Women to Use Data for Decision Making
Swenga, 7 March 2019
Effective organisational leaders use data comprehensively to guide them in decision-making, to set and prioritize goals as well as monitor progress. It is for this reason that we… Read more »
House Speaker Justin Muturi has said the motion failed since the number of MPs present was not enough to necessitate a vote. This angered women MPs who reprimanded their male ... Read more »
The initiative unveiled in Kampala by Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda adds curvy and sexy Ugandan women to the list of attractions for tourists. Minister of Ethics and Integrity ... Read more »
French-Congolese choreographer and dancer Bolewa Sabourin has started a project that uses dance to provide therapeutic support to female victims of rape and sexual assault in the ... Read more »
As of mid-December there have been more than 500 cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, of which two-thirds are women. In Beni - one of the hardest hit areas - it's the women ... Read more »
The world has made significant progress on four of the five main causes of maternal mortality. But unsafe abortion - the only fully preventable cause - has been largely neglected, ... Read more »
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