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Africa:Digital Gender Gap in Africa Widens

[IPS] Maputo -'Think Bigger', urge the colourful posters on the walls of Ideario, an innovation hub in Chamanculo, a modest neighbourhood in Maputo, Mozambique's capital. The message is right on target for the new female trainees, eager eyes glued to laptop screens as they learn internet and computer skills. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Chiwenga, Majome Win Prestigious African Awards

[New Zimbabwe] UNITED Kingdom based Zimbabwean and female football agent Ellen Chiwenga has been named the Best African Woman making a difference in Sports Category at the Africa Virtuous Women Awards (AVWA) 2018. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Ministry Clears Confusion Over Family Planning

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government says it has not stopped its family planning programme, clarifying that remarks by President John Magufuli on the matter did not contradict its reproductive health policy objectives. (AllAfrica)

Seychelles:Civil Society in Seychelles to Open First Crisis Shelter for Women

[Seychelles News Agency] Civil society in Seychelles will open the first crisis shelter for abused women in the island nation in November. The facility is funded by the European Union and is an initiative of the Citizens Engagement Platform of Seychelles (CEPS), which groups together not for profit organisations. (AllAfrica)

Somalia:Women Claim Their Place in Somalia's Politics

[ISS] Women's participation in Somali politics has traditionally been low, and a controversial topic in the country. Somali society typically ascribes to more conservative notions of a woman's role in family and community life, rarely envisioning a position of political leadership in a male-dominated system. This has been changing, but there's a long road ahead. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:I'm a Proud Feminist Who Embraces Her Femininity - Genevieve

[Vanguard] Genevieve Nnaji has been prominent in the Nigerian film industry for more than 20 years, primarily as an actor. Her contributions to film-making have received several awards and nominations over the course of her career. In recent years, she has moved into film production, acting as writer, financier, and producer through her production company, The Entertainment Network (T.E.N). "Lionheart" is her directorial debut. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa:Film On Rape Victims' Recovery Shows Unseen Side of Congo War

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Rape has been widely documented as a weapon of war in eastern Congo (AllAfrica)

Morocco:New Moroccan Law Fails to Protect Women From Forced Marriage - Activists

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Beirut -The new law criminalises "harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women" (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Where Women Are Fined Sh2,200 for Giving Birth At Home

[Nairobi News] Women in a Tanzanian village have made startling revelation of how a government health facility has been fining women who deliver their babies at home. (AllAfrica)

Africa:'I Will Rape You' - Female Journalists Face 'Relentless' Abuse

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -More than half of women in media have suffered work-related abuse, threats or physical attacks in the past year (AllAfrica)

Africa:Scourge of Acid Attacks Which 'Burn Your Skin Off'

[Bhekisisa] In the wake of acid attacks, victims -- often women -- can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world fighting back. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland:Women in Swaziland Still Have Long Way to Go to Achieve Equality, Reports Suggest

[Swazi Media] Women's rights continue to be 'a challenging issue' in Swaziland, a report just published by Afrobarometer states. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Countries Urged to Toughen Laws On Female Genital Mutilation

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Millions of girls in Africa are at risk of female genital mutilation because their governments are failing to enforce laws banning the internationally condemned practice, campaigners said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:New Mulago Women's Hospital Opens Next Week

[Monitor] Kampala -The specialised women's hospital opens on Monday with hope that it will decongest Mulago National Referral Hospital, offer first class care for both mothers and their babies as well as reduce referrals abroad. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital to Start Receiving Patients Next Week

[Monitor] Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on behalf of government on Thursday officially received the newly constructed Women's hospital at Mulago National Hospital ahead of its opening on Monday. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Absence of Female Police Officers Hampering Fight Against Sexual Violence - Official

[Monitor] Kampala -The absence of female police officers at majority of the police posts in the districts of Gomba and Mukono, is hampering the fight against sexual violence against women, an official has said. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Chadema Pours Cold Water On President Magufuli's Birth Control 'Tip'

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania's main opposition party, Chadema, has criticized the President's views on birth control and pledged to mobilise the public to safeguard family planning initiatives. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:The New Specialized Women Hospital At Mulago

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -Arab Contractors will on Thursday morning hand over to government a newly completed, fully-equipped, 450-bed Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital built within Mulago. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda will commission the new icon of health service delivery. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Gender-Based Violence - Mabuza Says 'Men Must Change'

[News24Wire] Deputy President David Mabuza has called on South African men to change to stop the scourge of gender-based violence in the country. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Rape, Unresolved - Crime Stats Highlight Urgent Need to Address Gender-Based Violence

[Daily Maverick] The latest crime statistics show a slight - very slight - increase in reported sexual offences. What do we need to see in order to begin addressing gender-based violence in South Africa? (AllAfrica)

South Africa:SA Women's Hockey Coach Steps Down

[News24Wire] South African Women's Hockey coach Sheldon Rostron has stepped down from his position. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:The Protection of Women's Rights Begins With Childhood

[GroundUp] To solve the crisis of violence against women we need to look to boys' experience of childhood in South Africa. Behaviour disorders that lead to violence in later life are already present at the age of ten. This is not to say that all boys who experience abuse become violent. But if we want to heal our communities we must turn our attention to cycles of abuse that begin at a very early age. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Young Women Must Come Out and Shame Their Abusers, Say Activists

[GroundUp] About 80 girls and women marched in Duncan Village at the weekend to protest against women abuse and gender-based violence in the township. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Tag a Feminist to This Picture of True Gender Equality

[Nairobi News] The clash of chauvinism and gender equality has been best captured in a photo of a woman standing in a train as men sat and played dead. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Speaker Bans MPs With False Eyelashes, Fingernails From Parliament

[Citizen] Dodoma -Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai said on Monday, September 10, 2018 that women Members of Parliament (MPs) with false eyelashes and false finger nails will not be allowed to enter the legislative house. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Magufuli Says People Using Contraception are Lazy - But MP Disagrees

[Citizen] Dodoma -Just one day after President John Magufuli reiterated his opposition to birth controls by telling Tanzanians to continue reproducing, a Member of Parliament (MP) has faulted him on grounds that his (the President's) position was going contrary to the available national policies. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Female Ministers Hail President Over Appointments

[The Herald] Newly-appointed female ministers have hailed President Mnangagwa's decision to increase the number of women in Cabinet as a positive development and an affirmation of his commitment to gender parity. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Mo Abudu Launches Global Mentoring Scheme for Young Women

[Guardian] Serial entrepreneur and media personality, Mo Abudu, has announced plan to launch a mentoring programme, Your Dream Moment with Mo - The Power Series, for young women in Nigeria and a number of international locations, in January 2019. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Why Zarika's Win Could Draw More Interest in Women's Boxing

[Nation] How many women would want to take part in a sport in which they could end up with a damaged brain, broken nose, black eye or torn lips? (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Vice Chancellor Warns Female University Students Against 'Sponsor' Culture

[Nairobi News] Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Paul Wainaina has cautioned female students against affairs with old men popularly known as sponsors. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Gender Commission Praises Court 'Victory', Recognition of Muslim Marriages

[News24Wire] The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has welcomed the order by the Western Cape High Court that the state must introduce legislation to recognise Muslim marriages as valid, and to regulate the consequences of these unions. (AllAfrica)

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