Is the tide turning in Northern Nigeria for men who have grown accustomed to abusing women with impunity? asks Sada Malumfashi.
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fighting to end the culture of “indifference” and impunity surrounding rape and sexual violence by declaring it a national emergency. This will provide support to the First Lady’s “Hands off our girls” protection project.
Kenyan international policy and development expert Naisola Likimani has joined SheDecides. This is a movement launched in reaction to the Global Gag Rule, which banned all American NGOs active in other countries from receiving US federal funding should they provide any abortion services, information or referrals to women.
French-Congolese choreographer and dancer Bolewa Sabourin is the force behind Re-Creation, a project that uses dance to provide therapeutic support to female victims of rape and sexual assault in the Kivu region of eastern DRC.
Africa’s growing cancer epidemic is troubling, particularly as it competes with the continent’s many other health-care needs. D’Angels Motorcycle Club, Nigeria first all-female bikers club, wants to drive change.
South Sudanese teenager Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang has been married off to businessman Kok Alat after he surpassed five other tycoons, including a deputy governor, in a “bidding war”. Alat surpassed his competition by paying 530 cows, three Land Cruiser V8 cars and US$10 000 in dowry.
Meaza Ashenafi is not only Ethiopia’s new Supreme Court president, she is also a women’s rights activist whose achievements inspired a movie produced and championed by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.
No contraception, no abortions: Marie Stopes International, one of the world’s largest providers of contraception and safe abortion services, has been operating in Kenya, within the law, for over three decades. Now the organisation has been banned from providing abortion services.