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MDGs: Fine-tuning water and sanitation

Water nears the summit, while sanitation lags at the base camp. 

Though there have been great strides forward in providing clean, safe drinking water for the world's poorest, there is a mountain to climb when it comes to providing proper sanitation in Africa.

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Sub Saharan Africa has more female MPs than do Arab countries

The number of female parliamentarians across the world pales in comparison to that of men, a global report released at the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Kampala, Uganda revealed.

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MPs to rescue Ugandan prostitutes in Malaysia

Ugandan legislators have moved to take action following reports that hundreds of local women were victims of human trafficking after having been duped into working as prostitutes and drug traffickers in Malaysia and other Asian countries.

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Africa's hidden hunger

A new report from Save the Children assesses the state of malnutriton across the world

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The Faith Diaries: When silence brings you HIV

Being HIV positive for almost ten years now, I have had my fair share of serious and not so serious infections which have at times seen my immune system succumb and often come close to collapse. I would believe that I had full-blown Aids only to revert back to being HIV positive after some interventions.

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Protectors or sexual predators?

The FARDC is unable to resupply its troops, leaving them to fend for themselves/Photo/ReutersArmy reforms are needed to counter sexual violence in the Congo, says Margot Wallström.

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Egypt: Women soldier on as protests continue

beaten and dragged half naked in her blue bra by soldiers, this young woman has become the face of Egypt's renewed unrest/Photo/ReutersEgypt is slowly staggering towards the first anniversary of its revolution with the emblematic Tahrir Square enveloped in teargas.

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HIV/AIDS: The tears that God counted

HIV-Aids is the scourge that maimed Africa leaving in its wake millions in throes of perdition.

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Six Zimbabwe women to die for drug trafficking

Six Zimbabwean women are facing the death penalty in Asian countries after they were arrested for drug trafficking, an official has said.

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Nigeria: Social media stirs sexual violence debate

Map of NigeriaNigerians have used social media to stir the world's conscience over a rape incident, but the next step is to turn the heated online debate into concrete positive social change

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Ghana Chapter of Hillary Clinton’s AWEP initiative launched

Hillary Clinton initiated the programme to empower women entrepreneurs in Africa/Photo/ReutersThe Ghana Chapter of African Women's Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP), an initiative of US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been launched in Accra to serve as a rallying point for women entrepreneurship and export trade.

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Nigerian women protest against oil firm

Map of NigeriaThe construction of a gas plant in southern Nigeria has been stopped by more than 500 women protesting a breach of promise made by Septa Energy, an oil company.

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Online communities give us power

Sugabelly is a young Nigerian blogger and artist, currently based in the US. She blogs at sugabellyrocks.comIn spite of the shiny illusions of corporate, economic and educational equality – Nigerian women occupy positions of power in every imaginable area of business and universities are full of young Nigerian women pursuing advanced degrees – the recent Abia State University (ABSU) rape case proved once again that Nigeria is still a most unfortunate place to be a woman.


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Ghana: Women religious groups to fight homosexuality

UK Prime Minister's threat to withhold aid to governments who do not respect the rights of homosexuals at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth, Australia has triggered a backlash of anger among women in Ghana.

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Uganda-DRC: Gang-raped woman recounts horror

 Hakiri and her children outside their house at the refugee campAfter watching her husband die and enduring the horror of being raped together with her 12 year old daughter by more than 10 Congolese militias, a woman now has the tough task of single-handedly raising six children in a refugee camp in Uganda.

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No Development Without Women

Nomcebo Manzini is the regional director for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands of the UN's recently created Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)"Development is not going to happen without women", says the regional director for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands of the UN's recently created Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Nomcebo Manzini

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South Africa: Storm over Democratic Alliance's first Black leader

The Democratic Alliance's new parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, has her work cut out, as critics will question her credentials based on her apparent inexperience as a politician, political analysts said.

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Smoking triggers early Menopause

Early menopause is not a particularly welcoming thought among many women, especially due to the many uncomfortable symptoms that characterise it.

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Marginilisation of women universal – study

Women still face legal and regulatory hurdles to participate fully in their economies around the world, a study by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has indicated.

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Marginilisation of women universal – study

Women still face legal and regulatory hurdles to participate fully in their economies around the world, a study by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has indicated.

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