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Most Burkinabé favor progressive change on gender rights

For those interested in gender equality, women’s rights, and even women’s power, these are heady days on the African continent. Between a new Constitution in Tanzania, the reformulation of gender policy in Kenya, and the majority of people in Burkina Faso in favor of progressive change on gender rights, it seems Africa is on the move.

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How polygamy slows small business growth

Kigali — Polygamy severely complicates land ownership and could stall the growth of Africa’s Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs), says Ugandan Minister for Trade and Industry.

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Will you be chief? How Niger’s traditional leaders are promoting maternal health

Bande, Niger – Married men and young boys in Niger learn more about reproductive health, childbirth and family planning in the School for Husbands, an intiative supported by the UNFPA to promote women’s health and rights.

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Time to “Drop the Knife” for FGM in The Gambia

Banjul – Women’s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FMG).

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Analysis: What can South Africa learn from India’s response to sexual violence?

South Africa and its fellow-BRICS member India may share many positive traits, including economic growth potential and regional leadership status, but also some more negative characteristics: high levels of inequality and high levels of violence against women, to name two (not unconnected).

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Scarred, humiliated and forgotten

Muguru Na Nyori (Kenya) – They all refuse to forget the scars – the abuses. And the longer they grieve, the wider the rift of distrust widens. For all are confused about whom to fear: the loose bandits who terrorise Northern Kenya, or the government-made ‘bad boy’ General Service Unit (GSU) personnel who came here and tortured, murdered, raped and stole with impunity.

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