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Archive January 2015

Will 2015 be a year of transformation for African women?

The African Union has declared 2015 the year of “Women’s empowerment”, and made gender central to its 24th annual summit taking place this month. Whether this year can be one of ground-breaking  transformation for African women  depends on how we seize the opportunity it presents.

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Women for Expo – Marie-Claire Matamba: Using business as a tool to improve our community’s food security and living conditions

“The theme of the Exposition is on point: it evokes the role of women who are at the heart of food production”, says Marie-Claire Matamba, representative of the small agricultural company AGRIMAT, as well as the president of  REFEG,  Gabon’s network of women CEOs.

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A Reflection on Bantu Khamuladzi and the Birth of Malawian Hip Hop

In 1994, Malawi’s longtime dictator Hastings Banda was dethroned from the palace of Sanjika and relegated to Mudi House, sandwiched between two roads that lead to the referral Queen’s Hospital, the latter revealing not only Malawi’s connection with pax Britannica but Banda’s fixation with aspirations normally associated with the British royal family.

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Boko Haram: Cameroon is a no-media zone for local journalists

Covering the attacks of Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram is a tough challenge for local reporters on the ground, as access to the war zones is strictly limited by logistical and security concerns.

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Women for Expo – Tumusiime Rhoda Peace (AU): “Women are critical to achieving a Pan African Renaissance”

Empowering women and the social capital of African communities are both valued in Africa, according to Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, the African Union’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, who personally shares this view, as many Africans.

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Questions on malaria vaccine’s safety, efficacy and ethics linger

As one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies awaits the approval of a malaria vaccine tested on thousands of infants in different African countries, questions on safety, efficacy and ethics linger, following the controversial deaths of a number of those who were part of the trial sample.

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