Tag Archives: Women and girls

As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight

Michael Reynolds/EPA/AAP Azadah Raz Mohammad, The University of Melbourne and Jenna Sapiano, Monash University As the Taliban takes control of the country, Afghanistan has again become an extremely dangerous place to be a woman. Even before the fall of Kabul on Sunday, the situation was rapidly deteriorating, exacerbated by the planned withdrawal of all foreign military personnel and declining international …

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What has changed for rural South African women in the last 25 years

Rural women in Agincourt, South Africa, with water collection containers. Lauren Porter Ryan G Wagner, University of the Witwatersrand; Chodziwadziwa Whiteson Kabudula, University of the Witwatersrand, and Daniel Ohene-Kwofie, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa has experienced tremendous change over the last quarter century: the first democratically elected government, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, changing health, social and economic policies and now …

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Why we did it: the Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab

Muslim women and children in Lamu in north east Kenya. Al-Shabaab’s recruitment of female members is most evident in coastal and north eastern counties. Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen, Technical University of Mombasa The direct involvement of women and girls in terrorism has attracted increased interest as the nature of recruitment …

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Nawal El Saadawi: Egypt’s grand novelist, physician and global activist

Nawal El Saadawi at home in 2015. David Degner/Getty Images Adele Newson-Horst, Morgan State University Egyptian novelist, physician, sociologist and global activist Nawal El Saadawi died on 21 March 2021 at the age of 89. The author of more than 50 books, she told me in one of our many interviews, in 2007, that she self-identified as an African from …

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What can be done to better support women pursuing their PhDs in Africa

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Women in a lab. anyaivanova/Shutterstock Anne M. Khisa, PhD, African Population and Health Research Center A Doctor of Philosophy – commonly known as a PhD – is the highest level of academic training. It allows the degree holder to teach the chosen subject at university, conduct research or practise in the specialised area. However, in many African countries like Kenya …

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Why the Child’s Rights Act still doesn’t apply throughout Nigeria

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock Usang Maria Assim, University of the Western Cape Nigeria adopted the Child’s Rights Act in 2003, giving legal consent to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The country’s constitution states …

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Child marriage in North Africa: still a lot to be done

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock Moha Ennaji, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah This year about 12 million of the world’s children will be married before they turn 18. UNICEF figures suggest about 18% of them will be boys and about 82% girls. Child marriage is widespread across developing …

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How women in academia are feeling the brunt of COVID-19

The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the productivity of women could see many leave academia. Shutterstock

The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the productivity of women could see many leave academia. Shutterstock Keymanthri Moodley, Stellenbosch University and Amanda Gouws, Stellenbosch University The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent public health response of lockdown has brought into sharp relief the constraints faced by women across the board. We have been keeping a keen eye on the impact it’s …

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