Ivanka Trump praises Morocco for advancing women’s rights

Ivanka Trump praises Morocco for advancing women’s rights

Morocco has been making progress on women’s rights and that’s drawn positive attention from Ivanka Trump, the daughter of United States President Donald Trump and the public face of the U.S. Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP). “We applaud the Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption…

Three African presidents on hand for Women Deliver panel

Three African presidents on hand for Women Deliver panel

President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first woman to lead Ethiopia, was on hand in Vancouver, Canada, as the Women Deliver 2019 conference kicked off on Monday. The four-day meeting is the world’s largest on gender equity and the rights of women and girls. “For me, the work has just started,” said…

Women advancing Africa – are the SDGs achievable?

Women’s rights have not only been a hot topic around the world but they are increasingly discussed in numerous forums around Africa. From education to technology Africa is looking at how women can contribute to their communities and create change. The “Pink Potential Initiative” focuses on the impact women in…

Bride Price: the changing face of culture in Africa

Marriage in Africa is an intricate affair. Ceremonies are often a medley of sophisticated cultures imported from the west, African customs too precious to let go of and the inescapable vanity of capitalism. For centuries, the only constant in these ceremonies has been the exchange of bride price. From South…

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

Why applying a gender lens is key to addressing Africa’s challenges

A report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in early 2015 caught my attention. Being sensitive to gender issues, I was amazed that I had missed the gender dimension of this public health crisis. An alert from a global group that co-ordinates humanitarian action put the crisis in context:…

Shirley Malcom

Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).