Rwanda: Colombe Akiwacu Is Miss Rwanda

ImageColombe Akiwacu is Miss Rwanda 2014. She was crowned during a colourful event held at Petit Stade in Remera, Kigali.

She was among 15 finalists for the beauty pageant after a countrywide selection exercise. The 19-year-old representing the Eastern Province, promised to use her new social status to campaign against drug abuse.

Akiwacu walked away with a grand prize that included a brand new car, a return air ticket to Continue reading

FLDFemale Leadership Development in Africa (FLD) has dimmed it fit to prepare so much for its first outing for awareness and annual Essay Competition.
The competition was organized by the management of FLD to foster the seriousness and to see the weakness of the students for proper planning on educational aid and also to create a platform that will enable the truth about PURPOSE to be discussed.
Letters of invitation has been sent to Continue reading

Nigeria: 9,000 Nigerian Women Die of Cervical Cancer Yearly – SFH

Kaduna — One woman dies of cervical cancer in every two minutes worldwide while about 9,659 die of the disease every year in Nigeria, the Managing Director, Society for Family Health (SFH) Sir Bright Ekweremadu said in Kaduna yesterday.

Presenting a Cryotherapy machine used for treating pre-cancerous lesion of the cervix to privately run Amina Hospital, Ekweremadu decried the increasing number of cancer cases, noting that the machine would go a long way in changing the landscape of managing cervical cancer in the country.

According to him, cervical cancer is the most common female cancer in developing Continue reading

South Africa: Snubbing Women’s Quotas, Snubs Transformation

Johannesburg — While South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy this year, the country will also be holding its national election, the first since 1994, without Madiba. If the last two months are anything to go by, we will surely witness one of the most interesting, perhaps entertaining, elections yet.

With a likely drop in the African National Congress (ANC) vote, we will also see a decline in women’s high representation in government, hampering this major stride made in the last two decades.

Mamphela Ramphele’s recent floor – crossing fiasco between her own party – Agang and the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has squandered any potential increase in women’s representation that Continue reading

Africa: Gender Ministers Urge AU to Mainstream Gender Into African Position On Post-2015 Agenda

Gender Ministers urge AU to mainstream gender into African position on Post-2015 agenda

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 7 February, 2014: Gender Ministers of African countries attending the African Regional Consultation on the upcoming 58thCommission on the Status of Women (CSW) have urged the African Union to mainstream gender into Africa’s common position on the Post-2015 agenda, and make it the 6th pillar of the global consensus. The Ministers made the case on Friday, 7 February 2014, in an audience with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The AUC Chairperson met with the Ministers to brief them on the outcomes of the just ended 22nd Summit of Heads of State and Government. In her briefing, Dr. Dlamini Zuma highlighted 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security; Africa’s common position on the Post-2015 agenda, which will be finalized at the end of February in Ndjamena; and the Agenda Continue reading

Rwanda: Girls Called to Join Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields

On this Monday, women in technology from Tech Women in Silicon Valley and role models and professionals in sciences and technology related fields have gathered in Kigali to discuss how the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

TechWomen is an initiative of the United States Department of State that seeks to bring together women in technology from the U.S. with their counterparts from the Middle East and Africa to engage in a mentorship and exchange program.

While women comprise a majority of the population, there are subjects in Continue reading

Namibia: Rural Women Demand Tangible, Sustainable Empowerment

Windhoek — Rural women are calling on government to introduce laws and policies relating to the promotion of women’s political and socio-economic empowerment that are practical, sustainable and tangible.

According to delegates attending the 2nd Rural Women’s Parliament with Male Partners currently underway in Windhoek, this will result in the eventual dissapearance of harmful gender stereotypes. A total of 41 delegates are meeting in the National Council chambers in the capital. The meeting, which ends today is deliberating and debating Continue reading