An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique

H. E. Joaquim Chissano is the former President of Mozambique and current co-chair of the High-Level Task Force for the ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development)This is a transformative moment for Africa – and indeed, for the world.

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Needed: A new model of masculinity

In this marketplace of women's bodies men do the buying and the women do the selling, on the buyer's terms. This is the context for women's oppression, when 'woman as commodity' is taken to an uncomfortably logical extreme. It is the context for rape.

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Secure Africa's Future by Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health for All

Former President of the Republic of Mozambique, Joaquim Alberto Chissano is Co-Chair of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD (H.L.T.F.). Photo©Todd FranceThe grim realities cannot be ignored as Africa celebrates its achievements in the area of human rights and empowerment of women, argues Joaquim Alberto Chissano, former president of Mozambique.

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Somali president on rape, sexual violence and female genital mutilation

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Photo©ReutersSomali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has stressed his government's commitment to combatting abuses against women although he admits that the country's "tense environment" is hindering the efforts.

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Rape, Zimbabwe's silent political weapon

In 2008, Alice Kasirori* was raped by four men during the violent run-off in the presidential elections. Rape was the price she paid for her husband's political activism and resulted in the pregnancy of her third child.

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Women: Several millions lack facility-based delivery care in Sub-Saharan Africa

Between 2008 and 2012, the proportion of women in the developing world who delivered in health facilities increased from 55 per cent to 64 per cent/Photo©Reuters file photoDespite substantial improvements in recent years, 44 million women in the developing world, as well as their newborns, lacked facility-based delivery care in 2012, a new study by the Guttmacher Institute has revealed.

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SA Women and the struggle for justice

Protesters outside parliament on budget day, 27 February, demand urgent action against rape/Photo©AP-SIPAIn post-apartheid South Africa a woman is raped every 17 seconds. Public outcry has forced a debate, but do MPs have the political will to act? And what is the cause of this sickness?

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Ghana launches new campaign to save lives of mothers and babies

It is estimated that 30 women out of every 1000 who give birth have their children dying within the first four weeks/Photo©ReutersGhana on Tuesday launched a new campaign aimed reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.

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Ethiopia's first women's bank, Enat opens for business

Ethiopia's first women's bank plans to commence operations in the next few months in Addis Ababa.

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Morocco: Nezha Hayat - Faith and credit for women in business

Nezha Hayat/Photo©O.RHALEB/WEFNezha Hayat is one of Morocco's leading company directors and an avowed campaigner for the place of women in business.

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South Africa's Luhabe will not raise second women's private equity fund

Wendy Luhabe: “There needs tobea critical mass” for women’s funds to take off in Africa/Photo©ERIC MILLER/WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2008The South African business leader will soon close down her woman-focused private equity fund and look for other opportunities because of a lack of interest in such investments.

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Nigeria: Affirmative action for women in politics

Despite Africa having seen two Nobel Peace prizes for women, a second serving female president and the first female head of the African Union Commission, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap 2012 report indicates that 10 of the 21 countries with the highest inequality between men and women are in Africa.

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Thousands of Ghanaians die annually from household pollution

Globally, 87% of the three billion people who annually rely on inefficient traditional energy source to cook are adversely affected by air household pollution/Photo©ReutersHousehold pollution is responsible for a high number of deaths among women who use open fires and inefficient cookstoves.

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Uganda to miss MDG target

More than 15 women die every day while giving birth in Uganada/Photo©ReutersUganda has admitted there is a very slow pace towards the reduction of maternal mortality rate.

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Ghana: 9,000 pregnant women to die by 2020 due to anemia

Map of GhanaAbout 9000 pregnant women in Ghana will die by 2020 if the high anemia levels among expectant mothers are not brought under control.

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South African Public Protector under fire for attending DA meeting

Thuli Madonsela has been at the forefront of the fight against graft and corruption in South AfricaSouth Africa's anti-corruption tsar has come under fire from the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the ruling ANC for attending a Women's Day event organised by the opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA).

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Ugandan woman arrested over Asia sex trade

Photo/ReutersA Ugandan woman has been arrested for allegedly trafficking women to China and Malaysia to engage in sex slavery, as the East African country tries to stem what it considers a growing trend.

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Uganda: HIV/Aids prevalence on the rise among women

HIV prevalence among women has increased markedly in Uganda, with authorities saying if the trend is maintained it could put a strain on the country's medical resources.

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Boost for Moroccan tech start-ups

Map of MoroccoThe Maroc Numeric Fund has solid backing and a healthy attitude to risk – good news for bright ideas.

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Haute mess vs. hot mess in the world of fashion

Vogue Italia may be establishing itself as a gratuitous voyeuristic publication whose readers can enjoy that which they fear by vicariously living the experience of the other with no physical interaction.

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