The Grave Cost oF Enduring Hope For 218 #CHIBOKGIRLS

On May 18, 2016, the world received with astonishment and joy the news that one of the 219 Chibok Girls who had been held in the grips of the world’s deadliest terror group, Boko Haram, had been recovered. Although there appears to be some dispute over whether the now 19 year old Amina Ali was…

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Hand-Me-Down: African Women in their Grandmothers’ Clothes – in pictures

Joana Choumali’s portraits show modern African women swapping jeans for kente cloth – and diving into the dazzling cultural heritage of their families. See the full collection of images… Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Meet Mabel Suglo, the woman behind Eco Shoes

Eco Shoes is a Ghana based enterprise delivering progressive social outcomes. An ethical business, Eco-Shoes’ model is best known for its social responsibility, community consciousness, and its positive impact on the environment. The eco-friendly stylish and durable footwear is produced from old rubber tires, African fabric scraps, and other sustainably sourced raw materials –using old techniques for…

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African Women winning elections: Lessons for Hillary Clinton

Nelson Mandela once said, “If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.” What Mandela meant is that there is a perception that countries besides the USA or Britain (and other global north countries) are not capable…

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Ethiopia To Pay $150,000 in Landmark Case of Girl Abducted and Raped 15 Years Ago

NAIROBI – Woineshet Zebene Negash was just thirteen in March 2001, when Aberew Jemma Negussie and a group of accomplices broke into her house late at night, carried her away and raped her. After her teachers reported the incident to the police, Woineshet was rescued and her rapist was arrested. However, some weeks later, her…

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Maintaining a Focus on Women’s Empowerment

Gender has, in recent years, been a top and cross-cutting priority for Africa, and 2016 is no different. In fact, the African Union has declared 2016 to be “The Year of Human Rights with a Special Focus on Women’s Human Rights.” Gender was a priority in the Millennium Development Goals and continues to be so…

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