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Zimbabwe: 'We Just Have to Brave It' - Women Face Assault On Zimbabwe's Public Buses

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bulawayo -More affordable fares have led to overcrowding on government-owned buses, putting women at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault as they travel, they say (AllAfrica)

South Africa: President Calls for a Joint Sitting of Parliament to Combat GBV

[] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to discuss a new approach to combating violence against women. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: SA Olympic Medallist Meyer - We Need More Female Athletes

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Olympic silver-medallist Elana Meyer believes that there should be more South African female representation at the Olympics and international arena. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Let's Get Climate Action Into Traction With Gender Equality

[IPS] United Nations -Climate change is already altering the face of our planet. Research shows that we need to put all our efforts over the coming decade to limit warming to 1.5C and mitigate the catastrophic risks posed by increased droughts, floods, and extreme weather events. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Vice President Taylor Wants 30% Women Participation in Ecowas

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Liberia Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, has stressed the need for 30% women participation at the level of the ECOWAS leadership. According to her, women's representation continues to decline in governance across the ECOWAS nations; adding: "This is not a good signal." (AllAfrica)

South Africa: CPUT Students Vow to Continue Shut Down

[GroundUp] Students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) say they will continue protesting until campuses are made safer. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why Obstetric Fistula Must Be Stopped

[Daily Trust] Obstetric Fistula is a medical condition whose leading etiology is "obstructed and prolonged" labor and is a medical condition in which a hole forms between the bladder and the womb ( VesicoVaginal Fistula - VVF) leading to the loss of urine control ability, or between the womb and the rectum (RectoVaginal Fistula - RVF) leading to the loss of stool control ability or even both; thereby rendering her to stool or urine (or both) leakages at all times. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Bathabile Dlamini Snubs News24 at #SandtonShutdown March

[News24Wire] ANC Women's League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini refused to speak to News24 at the #SandtonShutDown protest against gender-based violence outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Friday. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Civil Society Groups to Shut Down Johannesburg Business District

[News24Wire] Civil society groups are expected to assemble in the early hours of Friday morning to peacefully march against sexual, gender-based violence and femicide. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Liberia Seeks 30 Percent Women in ECOWAS Parliament

[New Dawn] Liberia's Vice President Madam Jewel Howard Taylor calls for 30 percent women representation at the ECOWAs Parliament, which is convening an extraordinary session in Monrovia, Liberia. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Rural Girls Asked to Strive for Higher Education

[Ghanaian Times] Tafo -Young girls living in rural areas have been urged to attain the higher heights in education and eschew cultural, religious norms and superstitious beliefs. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: 3 000 Rape Cases in Three Years

[Namibian] Oshikoto and Khomas region recorded the highest number of cases between April and June this year. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'We Need to Address the Massive Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty That Allow Violence'

[GroundUp] Cape Town activists protested on the Grand Parade on Thursday, calling for government to act urgently against violence that has swept across the country. The protesters condemned both xenophobia and violence against women. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Government Extends Deadline On GBV and Femicide Draft National Strategic Framework

[Govt of SA] Deadline to submit comments on the GBV and Femicide Draft National Strategic Framework extended to 18 September (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'It Can't Be Business As Usual Any More,' Say Civil Society Organisations

[Daily Maverick] Representatives from civil society and faith-based organisations heeded activist coalition #UniteBehind's call to stand up against gender-based violence and xenophobia. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Aisha Buhari Calls for Eradication of Gender Bias in Military

[This Day] Abuja -Following the prevailing gender inequality in the military, wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Thursday called for the eradication of gender bias in the armed forces. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why I Always Appoint Female Finance Minister - Buhari

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said placing women in strategic positions of his government, like the financial sector, is to ensure effective management of limited resources available, and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Works to Stop Gender-Based Violence and What Doesn't

[The Conversation Africa] Globally, one in three adolescent girls and young women experience physical, psychological or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. Boys and young men experience gender-based violence too, but global data on this phenomenon are scarce. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Gender Activists Plan Case Against Police for 'Unjust' Arrests

[Daily Maverick] Protesters arrested during Cape Town demonstrations against gender-based violence say they will lay a case against the SAPS for unlawful arrest after charges against them were withdrawn. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: What Do We Tell Our Boys?

[Daily Maverick] Once, we had very definite parts to play along with clear gender roles. Many men are floundering when coming to the question, 'What is the role of a man?' (AllAfrica)

Ghana: WISA Launches 5th Awards

[Ghanaian Times] The fifth edition of the Sports Women Achievers Awards put together by the Women In Sports Association (WISA) will come off at the multipurpose court of the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday September 28. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'Keep Our Women Safe' Demand Primary School Learners

[GroundUp] Over 200 learners from St Augustine's Primary School in Port Elizabeth stood in protest against gender-based violence outside the City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. The Grade 1 to 7 learners carried placards which read: "No means no", "The future is female", "Keep our women safe" and "Womandla!" (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Minister Reveals Plans to Fight GBV As Sexual Offences Rise By 4.6 Percent

[] Police Minister Bheki Cele says plans to increase Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units are underway as police announced an increase in reported sexual offences cases. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Woman Found Murdered in Gugulethu Was 24-Year-Old Mother of Two

[News24Wire] The woman whose body was found dumped and beaten next to a primary school in Gugulethu on Friday was a 24-year-old mother of two children, says Ilitha Labantu spokesperson Siyabulela Monakali. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Crime Stats - Murder of Women Down By 5.4 Percent, but Child Murders Increase in 2018/19

[News24Wire] The number of women murdered in the 2018/19 financial year in South African decreased, but the number of children murdered increased, MPs heard on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Fayemi's Wife Intensifies Campaign Against FGM, Open Defecation

[Leadership] The wife of Ekiti State Governor Some Erelu Bisi Fayemi has intensified campaign against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) rape and open defecation in the state. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: State Declines to Prosecute Cape Town Gender-Based Violence Protesters

[Daily Maverick] The state has decided not to pursue legal action against any of the 23 protestors arrested during demonstrations last week in Cape Town against gender-based violence. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: 'Involve Women in Governance to Reduce Corruption'

[Ghanaian Times] The involvement of more women in the governance structures of the country will help reduce corruption and ensure sustainable national development, the Dean of Studies and Research, Institute of Local Government Studies, Mr Frederick Agyarko Oduro, has observed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 'Financial Predicament Cause of Maternal Mortality'

[This Day] Bauchi -The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) has cited financial predicament as one of the major causes of maternal mortality in the country, as many pregnant women do not go to hospitals due to lack of money to access health services. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Visa Empowers Female Entrepreneurs

[This Day] Visa has launched a new campaign initiative called 'She's Next', which seeks to empower and encourage African female micro-and small-business owners as they fund, run and grow their businesses across the continent. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Why Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out of School

[Monitor] Hoima -It is a drizzling morning on the streets of Hoima town in mid-western Uganda. While driving from home to work, I meet a teenager at a junction of Hoima Main Street and Persy road. As school going children rush to school, 13-year old Jane is walking in a drizzle carrying a basket containing yellow bananas. (AllAfrica)

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