Global Gender Gap 2014: Highs and Lows of Africa

Findings of the Global Gender Gap Report 2014 unveiled recently by the World Economic Forum (WEF) suggest that no country in the world has fully closed the gender gap. However five of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland) have closed more than 80% of it while Yemen, the lowest ranked country has closed just over 50% of the gender gap. The Forum’s 9th Global Index edition since its inception in 2006, it…

"Global Gender Gap 2014: Highs and Lows of Africa"

A young woman’s delight in giving back to peers after college graduation.

  Having recently received her bachelor’s degree from Kampala International University she chose to use her own celebration as a platform to bring local and international light to the issue of girls’ access to education. Maureen Oduor is a Women Deliver scholarship beneficiary and Young Leader who traveled back to her village in Kenya, where most girls hardly finish primary school, to share her message. And this is her story: My journey began when I…

"A young woman’s delight in giving back to peers after college graduation."

No Kidding, This Girl is going to Mars!

Kids can have weird wishes and dreams but so are grown ups too, right? In fact all the great innovators in human history seemed to have unrealistic aspiration(s) at some point. Names like Albert Einsten, Galileo Galilee, Charles Darwin and others had the same problem until they proved people wrong. Even then, the sizes and shapes of our dreams vary greatly in which case, let me pose this, what did you want to be when…

"No Kidding, This Girl is going to Mars!"

When girls take matters into their own hands

Earlier this week a story was reported in the media highlighting that over 100 girls in the Mara region of Tanzania had escaped to a safe camp after fleeing Female Genital Mutilation exercises back at their villages. As the story was running on BBCs radio news hour with interviewed local sources expressing optimism that the event pointed to gains being made in the fight against FMG it also dawned on me that for a long…

"When girls take matters into their own hands"

Africa needs more women agricultural researchers, study proposes

While the number of female researchers increased in the agricultural sector women are still under-represented in many countries.   This is according to a survey published late last week by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) covering 37 countries in Africa South of the Sahara (SSA) region.   The report, Taking Stock of National Agricultural R&D Capacity in Africa South of the Saharasummarizes SSA’s recent progress in developing its nationalagricultural Research & Development (R…

"Africa needs more women agricultural researchers, study proposes"

Women in resistance night

Across the world the challenges facing women are often common in nature and form ranging from discrimination to violence and abuse. The Alliance Francaise cultural centre in Mombasa held a photo exhibition on Thursday night dubbed ‘Women in Resistance’ to celebrate the gender struggle and the spirit of resistance. Both women and men attended the event which was marked by an outpouring of emotions and personal experiences in support of the principles of equality and…

"Women in resistance night"

Christine Khasinah-Odero : Women under 40

By now Christine Khasinah-Odero is used to turning heads wherever she goes. The impact of her brainchild company has won her quite some accolades already including being nominated by Up Magazine in 2013 as one of Kenya’s Top 5 Women Under 40, 2013; South Africa’s CEO’s Magazine awarded her as one of the Finalist Most Influential Women In Business in Africa SME Category 2013 and again in 2014 which she was bestowed in October this year.…

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A Mother’s Dilemma

What happens if a woman isn’t able to reproduce? In Africa, having a child is deemed to be the basic source of life’s happiness. Put another way, who exactly is a mother? For 35 year old *Pamela, these sort of questions have been dogging her mind for the past three years. She got married at the age of 29 after tying the knot with her hubby whom she had courted for four years prior to…

"A Mother’s Dilemma"

Celebrating Motherhood By Mohamed Seif

Mohamed Seif is our new blogger from Kenya, he sent in this story recently. We look forward to him joining us soon as our East Africa correspondent. Being a mother is no doubt such a demanding experience, perhaps even the toughest of jobs. Having to look out after often feisty kids, to protect and cater to their demands and see them grow as the years drag away perhaps provide a perspective to this conclusion. It is for…

"Celebrating Motherhood By Mohamed Seif"