Ghana: legislators under fire for suggesting adulterous women be stoned

Ghanaian legislator, Nelson Abudu Banni has incurred the wrath of the public for suggesting adulterous women must be punished by stoning or hanging.

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Low-cost and simple contraceptives for poor countries

Pfizer Inc and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced an agreement to expand access to the drugmaker's long-acting Sayana Press contraceptive to women in 69 of the world's poorest countries.

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Uganda: Groups seek inclusion of pregnant girls in national examinations

Education activists in Uganda have called on the government and head teachers to change the policy of preventing pregnant students or nestling girls, who give birth while still at school, from writing their final national exams.

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Preparing for Africa's Young Future

File Photo© ReutersThe United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has asked African leaders to invest in health, education and protection of youths in order to take advantage of projected demographic shifts in the continent.

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Africa's multi-billion dollar haircare industry

Photo©ReutersWhile still largely based in the informal economy, the African haircare business has become a multi-billion dollar industry that stretches to China and India and has drawn global giants such as L'Oreal and Unilever.

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Nigerian politicians complete democracy training ahead of 2015 elections

Nigerian political leaders have completed another round of training ahead of next year's national elections.

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Family planning: Ugandan president's change of heart

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Photo©ReutersUgandan President Yoweri Museveni has scored an impressive first, as for the first time, since coming into power almost 30 years ago, he has lent support to family planning efforts, as the country's rising population raises concerns.

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A Sudanese case of Tag, you're it

Observing the legal wrangling and socio-political to and fro that has held the lives of the Wani family in the balance for almost six months, the ghoulish, age old and never-ending children's game of Tag... you're it, also known as "run-outs", springs to mind.

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South African women seek union redress on maternity issues

A female mine worker is seen underground at Lonmin's Karee mine in Rustenburg, South Africa, 100 km northwest of Johannesburg, March 5, 2013 (Photo©Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters).With the strike action the metal and engineering sectors taking the spotlight, women's issues within the workplace are being relegated to the backbench.

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Blind woman barred from heading school in Ghana

Ayishetu Ibrahim holds Master's degree in Educational Administration and ManagementThe Ghana Education Service (GES) has bowed to intense pressure from the Methodist Church opposing the appointment of a blind woman to head a basic school.

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Book Review: Claim No Easy Victories - The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral

Published for the 40th anniversary of Guinea-Bissauan revolutionary Amilcar Cabral's death, this book is a crucial link in the colonial liberation narrative.

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Nigeria: More Boko Haram kidnappings

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped over 91 people in four days, despite local and international forces keeping a close eye on the group.

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Technology Robots invade the streets of Kinshasa

Kinshasa’s traffic robots – made by women and loved by drivers! Photo©JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFPThe giant robotic policemen are preventing accidents – and racketeering by dishonest officials.

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Women are an important contributor to the growth story

Ruka Sanusi Founder, Alldens Lane. Photo©Go Woman MagazineSanusi runs a business mentorship consultancy in Accra specialising in women-owned companies. She plans to open an academy and focus more on the informal sector.

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The year of the Woman

Outstanding women entrepreneurs from Soweto to Mali beamed with pride as the 2nd annual Africa CEO Forum recognised the role of women in African economies.

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Zimbabwe: Synthetic hair manufacturing thrives despite bleak business environment

If there's one business in Zimbabwe that is bouncy despite economic decline, it is the production of synthetic hair products.

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Egyptian women struggle with constitutional freedom

A 2010 court decision barred Egyptian women judges from the State Council. Photo©ReutersEgyptian women have demanded rights, which were guaranteed during the writing of the new constitution, to be enforced and defended, as the country emerges from conflict.

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Women: Empowering Africa's agriculture backbone

Photo©UN/Africa RenewalDespite the role and impact of women in African agriculture, there's still an unsettling disparity in the support they receive compared to men. But what does the future hold for women farmers.

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Ethiopia: World Bank approves funds for clean water supplies

Photo©ReutersThe World Bank has approved a $205 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to help the government of Ethiopia increase access to clean drinking water and improve sanitation services for many households in the country.

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Day in the life of a female motorbike taxi driver

Alice Nana is a motorbike taxi driver in Cameroon's economic capital, Douala. She braves the insults of her male counterparts to put her kids through school.

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