Category: Women

Senegal: Activists Abortion Laws Lead Women to Infanticide, Prison

Infanticide is the second most important cause of female incarceration in Senegal. Rights groups, who have raised concern over the conditions of women’s detention, blame the country’s restrictive laws on abortion. Many are calling on the government to loosen its legislation. Aminata, a name she chose to hide her true identity, was asleep with her […]

Half of murdered women killed by ‘partners’ – UN deputy chief

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, has said that worldwide, almost one-in-two women murdered were killed by a partner or ex-partner. Mrs Mohammed stated this in Brussels at the launch of a new partnership between the UN and EU, an essential tool to make violence against women and girls “a thing of the past”. Addressing the […]

How Africa can bridge the gender digital divide

Until now, only a few girls and women in Africa are dispelling the stereotypes associated with technology and science industries in general. There are still a small number of women in digital space compared to men, and the situation is similar in many other areas. According to the 2016 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, […]

‘Gender-sensitive’ trade policies help empower East African women

Crediting improved education, employment and other key areas, the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Wednesday that East African countries can put better policies in place to address gender inequalities and bring women further into the workforce. In its new report, East African Community Regional Integration: Trade and Gender Implications, UNCTAD analyses […]

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 […]

Uganda fronts Amongin for African Parliament job

Parliament has endorsed Ngora Woman MP Jaqueline Amongin for African Parliament Vice Chairperson. This has been confirmed by Ms Ismail Ranny, Parliament’s Assistant Director of Communications and Public Affairs. The development comes just a month after Ms Amongin of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) was awarded the Mandela Leadership Prize for the year 2017. The Pan […]

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 […]