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Africa: Want to Be a Woman in Science? Here's Advice From Those Who've Gone Before

[The Conversation Africa] Each year on February 11, the United Nations marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It's a chance to reflect on how the situation has improved for women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and how much remains to be done. For instance, less than 30% of the world's researchers in these fields are women._ (AllAfrica)


Liberia: Nationall Traditional Council 'Ready to End FGM'

[Observer] In observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), members of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, committed themselves to end the practice of FGM. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Dear Clitoris - You're Gone and I'll Never See You Again

[This is Africa] 'Why did they cut you when you didn't pose a threat to anyone? Why did they deny me sexual pleasure by getting rid of you?' (AllAfrica)


Sierra Leone: Govt Declares Rape a National Emergency

[Deutsche Welle] President Julius Bio has upped the maximum punishment for rape of a minor and called on the country to address its rape "scourge." The move follows an outcry over the rape of a 5-year-old girl by her male relative. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Stringent Laws Limit Access to Safe Abortions

[VOA] Kenyan health officials say unsafe abortions are common in the east African nation with nearly half a million in one recent year. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: 'Curvy' Tourism Campaign Rattles Feminists

[RFI] Uganda is on the hunt to find the next Miss Curvy, as part of a new beauty pageant to attract more tourists. However, the campaign to promote its "naturally endowed nice-looking women" has sparked an uproar in the east African nation. (AllAfrica)


Africa: AU Launches Tool to Gauge Women's Participation in Peace and Security

[African Union] So far 23 member states adopted National Action Plan on WPS and Africa stands the leading continent (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Uganda's Women Are Not Products to be Sold to Tourists

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -How on earth did the Ugandan Tourism Ministry think that adding "curvy and sexy" Ugandan women to the list of tourism products to attract tourists was a good idea? Tourism products... are they serious? (AllAfrica)


Kenya: The Little Things That Make a Woman Sexy

[Capital FM] 1. "Confidence" (AllAfrica)


Malawi: Former VP Chilumpha Chooses Female Running Mate

[Nyasa Times] Former vice president Cassim Chilumpha Thursday presented nomination papers to pollster Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) ahead of the May 21 tripartite elections on behalf of the Tikonze People's Movement with a call to Malawians to collectively work towards uplifting the country. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Uganda Accused of Promoting Sex Tourism With 'Curvy Women' Beauty Contest

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -Uganda must cancel a beauty contest that seeks to attract more visitors by showcasing "curvy women" because it objectifies women and promotes sex tourism, campaigners said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Wole Soyinka Centre Honours Outstanding Female Journalists

[Premium Times] The Wole Soyinka Centre For Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) on Tuesday honoured female journalists who were part of its Female Reporters Leadership Fellowship Programme. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Bloody Taboos - New Emoji Could Help to End Period 'Shame'

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Women and girls will be able to use an emoji to chat about their periods from next month, which will help to end the shame around menstruation, a child rights group said on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)


Sudan: 'It's About Freedom' - Women On the Frontline of Uprising

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -When public protests erupted in Sudan over the rising cost of bread almost two months ago, women's rights activist Hala Al-Karib did not hesitate to join the masses on the streets defying the security forces to voice their anger. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Outcome of the Investigation of Allegations of Harassment Against Women

[African Union] 22 November 2018, Addis Abeba: Following allegations of harassment against women levelled through an anonymous letter, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission instituted a High-Level Committee (HLC) on 24 May 2018 to fully investigate all these allegations. He further entrusted the HLC with a mandate to also investigate all alleged institutional malpractices within the Commission, in order to independently establish the facts in the light of the commitment he made to staff on assumption of duty, on (AllAfrica)


Rwanda: New Project Seeks to Empower Women, Juvenile Inmates

[New Times] Women and juvenile inmates from Musanze and Nyagatare Juvenile Prisons now have reason to smile after the launch of a three-year project that seeks to empower them economically in the pre-and post-release process. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Female Genital Mutilation - Nigeria Ranks Third Highest Globally

[This Day] Owerri -Efforts by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partners to eradicate the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) in Nigeria seems unabated as statistics indicate that the country ranks third highest among practicing countries in the world. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Married Women Get Nod to Inherit Their Fathers' Land

[Nation] A court ruling asserting that married women qualify to inherit properties of their fathers and should not be excluded during distribution has stirred debate between defenders of women's and men's rights. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Alarm Raised Over Genital Mutilation in South East

[Leadership] Owerri -The Chief of field office, UNICEF Enugu, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh, has raised the alarm at the persistent culture of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in some parts of the globe, saying that a campaign carried out by UNICEF in 2018 showed that seventeen countries are still involved in this obnoxious inhuman practice. (AllAfrica)


Africa: 'Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation By 2030' - UN Agencies

[UNFPA] Mary Oloiparuni was 13 when she was mutilated. Restrained in a doorway early one morning in her home, she was cut, bled profusely and experienced agonizing pain. The scarring she endured then continues to cause her pain today, 19 years later. It has made giving birth to each of her five children an excruciating and harrowing experience. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: International Forum On FGM/C Starts in Banjul

[Foroyaa] Stakeholders in the fight against FGM/C led by 'Wassukafo' Gambia on Tuesday converged at a local hotel to commemorate the third international forum against the practice. The objective of the convergence according to the organisers, is to share best practices and strategies that has given people confidence and belief that change is possible in communities where FGM is highly practiced. (AllAfrica)


Sierra Leone: Calls to Eliminate FGM By 2030

[Concord] Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 6 February, 2019, a joint statement from, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, has called for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by 2030, stating that the practice was not only harmful, but also a human rights violation. (AllAfrica)


Africa: European Union Statement On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

[Concord] Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 6 February 2019, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, Commissioner European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová reaffirmed the European Union's strong commi (AllAfrica)


Africa: French Embassy's Night of Ideas Explores Gender, Migration Issues Across Africa

[Vanguard] Speakers and audience at the recently held Night of Ideas organised by the French Embassy in collaboration with the Institut français du Nigeria and Alliance française Lagos, have identified equal education for boys and girls as panacea for the menaces of gender inequality and illegal migration bugging the African continent; especially Nigeria. (AllAfrica)


Tanzania: 2020 Polls - Women Plotting a Major Upset

[Citizen] In Zanzibar, women in various political spaces are eager to increase their numbers, not only in the Zanzibar House of Representatives and in Cabinet, but also at the local government level. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Woman Starts Petition to Have Miss Curvy Contest Cancelled

[Monitor] A Ugandan woman has started a petition to have the Miss Curvy Uganda contest cancelled. The initiative unveiled in Kampala yesterday by the State minister for Tourism, Mr Godfrey Kiwanda adds curvy and sexy Ugandan women to the list of tourism products to attract tourists. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: War On FGM Is Being Won As Community Shifts Mind

[Nation] With more than 5,000 new female genital mutilation cases recorded in England alone, FGM is no longer a Kenyan or African issue; it is global. (AllAfrica)


Liberia: Rights Group Tasks Liberia On FGM Measures

[New Democrat] Equality Now, a human rights advocacy group has called on the Liberian government to act on anti-Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, laws that have elapsed. (AllAfrica)


Africa: What Is Female Genital Mutilation and Where Does It Happen?

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -FGM is practised in at least 30 countries, mostly in Africa but also in pockets of the Middle East and Asia (AllAfrica)


Egypt: Babies Get Blue Ribbons As Parents Say 'No' to Female Genital Mutilation

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Parents will receive the badges after signing a pledge that they will not have their daughters cut (AllAfrica)


Morocco: Group Empowers Women to Fight Partner Abuse, Rape

[Deutsche Welle] Victims of domestic violence are often unaware of resources available to them and are too afraid to ask. In Morocco, a new initiative aims to change that by helping women take legal action against their violent husbands. (AllAfrica)


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