Category: Health

Bringing Gender Equality to Global Public Health

Over the past few decades, the international community has tasked itself with achieving a wide range of social and environmental objectives, many of which are enshrined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. We have advocated for many of these goals, as well as similar efforts that preceded the SDGs, because we believe that […]

Women at greater risk of getting HIV/AIDS

More women than men are now HIV-positive. In South Africa, HIV prevalence in women aged 15-24 is nearly four times greater than men of that age This is partly because women usually become infected at a younger age than men. In Africa, many young women have sexual relations with older men who are more likely […]

Africa at Work for Women

According to recent research, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest female labour participation rate compared to other regions including Europe and North America. However, looking closely at the type of jobs will reveal a less rosy picture. Employment for women in African countries is characterised by low-paid and less secure jobs, so that 74% of womenmake up unemployment […]

Attention women: Your choice of blood pressure medicine may affect your risk of pancreatic cancer

In findings with potentially broad implications for the public’s health, new research has found that some women who treat their high blood pressure with a class of drugs that relaxes the blood vessels were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who use other hypertension medications. In a large and intensively-studied group of middle-aged […]

Ghana: Gender Minister inaugurates two Boards for her ministry

Two Boards; the Ministerial Advisory and the Cancer Boards have been inaugurated in Accra, to provide direction to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. The nine-member Ministerial Advisory Board, to be chaired by Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, is expected to bring their expertise and experiences […]

Gender Minister presents key actions to improve gender equality-Ghana

Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has presented some key actions to be undertaken to enable Ghanaians work assiduously to ensure the empowerment and equality of women to contribute in national development. At a press conference held in Accra on Wednesday, she said the decision was adopted to reaffirm […]

The holistic gender and media agenda in focus

Achieving gender equality in and through media requires a comprehensive approach covering a full gamut of longstanding as well as new challenges. Assessing the issues – ranging from media ownership and staffing, news coverage, the safety of women journalists, through to policy effectiveness – is essential if society is to overcome the snail’s pace of […]

Inside Sierra Leone’s maximum security prison for women

The number of female prisoners in Sierra Leone has doubled in the last three years. There are only two separate detention facilities for female prisoners in the country. The largest separate detention facility is the Freetown Female Correctional Centre which holds around 90 female prisoners and their children. Women on death row or those who are serving […]

Human Rights month is also women’s rights

To celebrate Human Rights Month, South Africa’s most accomplished businesswomen, together with Standard Bank, elevated the power and impact of advancing gender equality with the launch of the 2018 series of Top Women Conferences. Charting the next success stories of South Africa’s top entrepreneurs, Cape Town played host to this year’s first Top Women Conference […]