Why South Africa can be accused of hating its young women

Susan Goldstein, University of the Witwatersrand The extent of gender based violence in South Africa is rarely understood. It involves physical and psychological harm, humiliation, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other arbitrary deprivations of liberty – and its impact is chilling. Estimates suggest that violence against women costs …

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Fight against genital cutting on wrong track

By Rasha Dewedar [CAIRO] Families decide to cut their young daughters’ genitals because of private values rather than social norms, a study says, suggesting that programmes to eradicate the practice may be misguided. The study, published in Science on 25 September, was carried out in 45 schools in the state of Al Jazirah (Gezira) in …

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STEM Education for Women and Girls: Hope In the Face of Reality

Guest Editorial by Onyema Benigna Ajuogu Onyema Benigna Ajuogu is founder and president of the Benignant De Eagle Foundation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and author of “When Eagles Soar.” (New York City, 7 October 2015) — World leaders are here at the United Nations to approve a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) …

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Africa News Headlines for 8 March 2015: Special International Women’s Day Edition

What does the commemoration of International Women’s Day hold for dignity of African women? Source: Sierra Express Media International Women’s Day: SA ad agencies produce provocative domestic violence ads Source: Daily Maverick How Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes started the first women’s college in Rwanda Source: MSNBC Africa Has the Opportunity to Unlock the Potential of Its …

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Africa News Headlines for 4 March 2015

Namibia’s President Wins Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership Source: Africa in Transition Lack of sex contributes to depression in South African women Source: Times Live Public weighs in on bid to decriminalise teen sex Source: Mail & Guardian Kenya: Businessmen, Ex-Officials Charged for Fraud Source: ABC News/AP Uganda wants to enhance trade …

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