In 2011, Proscovia Nalweyiso became the first female Brigadier General in Uganda, a noteworthy achievement, which was celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward to 2017, the country has recorded another remarkable milestone, the promotion of Brig Nalweyiso to the rank of Major General. With the appointment, Nalweyiso becomes the country’s first female Major General, and one of the few women across the continent to hold such a powerful military position. We applaud and congratulate Maj Gen Nalweyiso on the historic achievement.
Last year, 19 year-old Besa Mumba, became Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot, an achievement which was widely celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward six months, Zambia is celebrating yet another remarkable accomplishment, as 24-year-old Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba becomes the country’s first female fighter pilot. We applaud Lt Muwamba’s historic achievement.
Witwatersrand University (Wits) student Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika, who is deaf and uses South African Sign Language as her first language, has recorded a remarkable first, graduating with a Master of Arts (MA) degree by dissertation in South African Sign Language (SASL) using filmed SASL as the language to report on her research. Nkwinika is the first person (Deaf or hearing) to receive a Master’s from the SASL Department and the first Wits graduate to use a marginalised language (SASL) to report on her research. Congratulations on the remarkable accomplishement.
We congratulate Zamzam Dahir Mohamud who has made history when she became the first woman elected to represent Galmudug state in Somalia’s new upper house of parliament.
Once in a while the internet reminds us that there are monsters living among us. A video has emerged of Kenyan house help physically abusing a child left under her care. The video is not for the faint of heart. It shows the house help hitting the child with her hand and then with a shoe. She doesn’t stop even as the child wails in pain. The video is a reminder that parents should take great pains to carefully vet who they leave their children with. You can never be too careful
Rita Nketiah outlines the ways respectability politics constrains African women and girls from expressing the totality of their humanity
Language shapes how we see the world. The vocabulary that labels the political, legal and social impacts of discriminatory and unjust practices as ‘women’s issues’ serves to keep these issues on the periphery. We need to radically change the conversation by naming and addressing ‘women’s issues’ for what they really are: issues that exist because we live in a man’s world, says Olutimehin Adegbeye.
If a woman who is generally conscious of her health and has no underlying medical issues decides to have a child in her thirties, she should be just fine. It is unfair that throughout their lives, women are guilted or manipulated into major life decisions. The clock runs out when we reach menopause, not at 30 or 35
In Africa and elsewhere, men earn considerably more than women do. However, women are steadily becoming the primary breadwinners in their homes as more corporations diversify and jobs that used to be exclusively for men are made available to women too. That begs the question: Is the world ready for high-earning women?