Widows in Nigeria are still exposed to harmful practices.
When Sandy Alibo visited in 2015, she connected with Accra’s small but vibrant surfing and skating community. It was enough for her to move there and help grow the sports in the country.
Globally, only 25 percent of all national parliamentarians are women, and only 4 countries have 50 percent or more women in parliament. In Kenya, the statistics are no better.
Often, as soon as male relatives die, single or widowed Kenyan women are accused of witchcraft and killed by conspiring people who then take the land on which their victims lived.
Abortions are more often self-induced by women with drugs and dangerous substances in Nigeria due to restrictive abortion laws.
Anti-abortion laws do not stop abortions from happening they decrease access to safe abortions. Does the pro-life agenda of ‘saving lives’ outrightly ignore preventable maternal deaths and morbidities? And does it saddle women with the brunt of a broken education and healthcare system?
Kenyan Lady Justice Martha Koome launched a Sexual and Gender-based Violence court at the Shanzu Law Courts in Mombasa. The court will be similar to those in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia in its management and prosecution of SGBV cases.
These women have helped people in their communities and far beyond.
In this week’s cartoon we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year the day is commemorated under the theme #BreaktheBias to raise awareness and fight fo a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.