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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Leila Alaoui: Tackling Taboos in Art

Leila Alaoui died while on assignment for Amnesty International in Burkina Faso on January 19, 2016 after she was severly wounded in a January 15  al-Qaeda attack on Splendid hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe. Her death brings the death toll from the attacks to 30 people. Al Jazeera interviewed Alaoui in July 2015. Marrakech, Morocco –…

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African Woman Organize to Reclaim Agriculture against Corporate Takeover

By Simone Adler and Beverly Bell Mphatheleini Makaulele is an award-winning indigenous leader, farmer, and activist, and Director of Dzomo la Mupo, a community organization in rural South Africa. She is also part of the African Biodiversity Network. Everybody originated with indigenous ways of living and the way of Mother Earth. The real role of…

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