African Woman Must Pass Her Message With Soft Voice – Olasanye

INTERVIEW Oyinkan Olasanye is Titular Member, Women Commission, Uni-Global; member Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSSBIFI); Chairperson, Women Commission of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria; First Deputy National President, ASSBIFI; Titular Vice President, Professional and Managers Committee, Uni-Africa, and the First Substitute of Women Committee, Uni-Africa. She is presently one of the delegates at the on-going National Conference. Senior Reporter Anthonia Soyingbe had a chat with this comrade. Can you let us into…

"African Woman Must Pass Her Message With Soft Voice – Olasanye"

How Easy it is for Women to Manage Career Alongside Family?

A woman pounding in a mortar with a baby strapped on her back is probably the scenario of decades gone by. Today, the picture may portray a house maid doing the cooking while the former bends over a desk somewhere outside the home. In the olden days women were relegated to the background and considered simply home-makers. However, with the increasing economic demand on society and family today, the reverse is the case as many…

"How Easy it is for Women to Manage Career Alongside Family?"

Women Should Instill Spirit of Unity in Their Children

Hajiya Kande Garba is the founder and chairperson of Wazobia Women United Association which preaches unity among Nigerian women, economically empowers widows, orphans and the less privileged. Hajiya Kande, who is not lettered, pursues women rights and empowerment with passion. In this interview, she speaks on women’s role in ensuring peace and unity in the country, child upbringing, and involvement in politics, among others. What inspired you to establish the association? I want unity amongst Nigerian…

"Women Should Instill Spirit of Unity in Their Children"

Saving Mothers Improves Maternal Outcomes

APPROXIMATELY every two minutes, a woman dies during pregnancy or child birth. However, most of the causes of maternal deaths are highly preventable. In Zambia alone, there are an estimated 600,000 births, with about 2,600 maternal deaths and about 20,200 infant mortalities. According to the Saving Mothers, Giving Life website, maternal and newborn deaths are largely preventable and are indicative of inaccessible and poor-quality health care facilities, inadequacies of the health system, and low demand…

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She Walked Out After 22 Years of Abuse

The day Peggy Simpson, a former relief teacher at Aus, decided to leave her abusive husband, she says he dragged her behind a warehouse at her workplace, pushed her into a toilet, locked the door and cut her on the arms with razor blades. Simpson, now 52, was one of the many who heeded President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s call for praying against gender-based violence. She attended the prayer session on 6 March at the Sam Nujoma…

"She Walked Out After 22 Years of Abuse"

As a pregnant woman, do you know your health status?

In celebration of the Reproductive Health Month, Gauteng Department of Health has encouraged pregnant women to know their health status and that of their children. “The drive to encourage our people to know their health status will not only assist the department in its goal to reduce infant, child and maternal deaths but will also ensure that the mothers and their babies live a long and healthy life,” said Gauteng Health MEC, Hope Papo. Papo…

"As a pregnant woman, do you know your health status?"

What Women Still Don’t Know About Getting Pregnant

As surprising as it seems, about half of women of reproductive age have not talked to their health care provider about their reproductive health,  according to a new study. As a result, the researchers, from the Yale School of Medicine, found that women between ages 18 and 40 weren’t aware of some the important factors that influence fertility and their ability to get pregnant, as well as about basic prenatal practices once they were expecting.…

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The Despair and Hope of a Single Mom

When she started narrating her ordeal, tears flowed from her eyes uncontrollably until a friend intervened to comfort her. Rachel Namugize is operating a tailoring workshop with colleagues. She had at one time given up on life. For 22-year-old Immaculée Dusabeyezu, life is not a bed of roses. Dusabeyezu is a single mother whose tale is one of rejection, stigma and loneliness. She is a typical representation of the life several single mothers lead, especially…

"The Despair and Hope of a Single Mom"

Postnatal Depression – a Traumatic Experience for New Moms

Twenty-six-year-old Charity Tusingwire was excited about being pregnant. She had all her pregnancy and post-pregnancy schedules well planned. She knew the millions of things she would do with her baby girl. But little did she know that things would not turn out the way she had hoped. She spent hours in labour and was completely traumatised. That was the beginning of her postnatal depression (PND). “Mine was so bad. First, I hated what I had…

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Menstruation – No Girl Child Must Be Disadvantaged

ON Tuesday, September 10, Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political divide unanimously agreed that the budget for Internal Affairs ministry should not be passed unless the Government finds money for buying sanitary towels for female inmates. On Wednesday, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, James Baba returned to the House and announced that the Government had found sh94.5m for sanitary towels. This seems as if the Government had not prioritised the health of…

"Menstruation – No Girl Child Must Be Disadvantaged"