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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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The Maputo Protocol: Its potential for a revolution in women’s rights

“The speed with which the Protocol came into force on 25 November 2005 sets a new record for the ratification of pan African rights standards for the continent.

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Côte d’Ivoire – New Cassava Varieties Bring Women Autonomy

ABIDJAN – Women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are achieving greater autonomy and economic independence thanks to new varieties of cassava.

Cassava is an important staple food in this West African country according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, second only to yams, a similar starchy tuber.

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