13 year old girl marries her 25 year old SISTER’s FIANCÉ

In a bizarre incident on Sunday, a 13-year-old school girl was forced to marry a man originally scheduled to marry her elder sister. The 18-year-old refused to marry the man, 25, and run away on the day of the marriage. In her place however, her 13-year-old sister was forced to marry the man at a matrimonial ceremony held at Ablekuma in Accra. Joy News’ Fred Smith who visited the newly married couple at their residence…

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Kenya’s First Lady Vows Vigorous Fight Against HIV/Aids

Addis Ababa — First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has pledged to wage a vigorous campaign against the spread of HIV/AIDS and to conquer stigma and discrimination against people living with the disease. Delivering her maiden speech when she attended the 12th meeting of Organisation of First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) in Addis Ababa, the First Lady expressed desire to use her position and influence in society to champion the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. Mrs…

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Africa: leading the way for women

From Nobel prizewinners to presidents, women in the continent are having a wonderful year. What next? This has been a great year for women in power in Africa with the election of a second female president, the appointment of the first female head of the African Union and not one, but two female Nobel prizewinners. In April we saw the election of Joyce Banda as president of Malawi; in June, Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda was declared…

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The woman who is inspiring Africans to turn against female genital mutilation

The woman who is inspiring Africans to turn against female genital mutilation A revolutionary education programme that has saved tens of thousands of African girls from female genital mutilation could work in London, claims the woman behind the scheme. The community empowerment programme, set up in Senegal by American Molly Melching, is having a domino effect as village after village declares its daughters will no longer be cut. The scheme has been so effective that…

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Two extraordinary African women tell their stories

Two extraordinary African women tell their stories Being forced by war or natural disaster to become a refugee presents huge challenges. Just finding food, water, and shelter is a major accomplishment. But if you are a woman, and have a disability as well, these challenges can multiply until they seem insurmountable. But two young women honored in New York in early May by the Women’s Refugee Commission show that anything is possible. Their lives make…

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Invest in women to curb Africa’s worrying maternal deaths

Invest in women to curb Africa’s worrying maternal deaths Save the Children’s latest State of the World Mothers report indicates that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the worst place to be a mother this year, replacing Niger. According to the study, the maternal mortality rate has skyrocketed with women having a one in 30 chance of dying from maternal causes including childbirth. The London based charity surveyed 176 countries on maternal health, child…

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Woman Docked Over Alleged Maternity Certificate Forgery

A 35-year-old woman, who allegedly forged a maternity certificate, is now facing charges of conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice. Amaka Nwaba, who resides at 4B, Mortune St., Dopemu, Lagos, yesterday, appeared before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on a two-count charge. She allegedly conspired with others at large to forge a maternity certificate No. 034180, dated May 12, 2011, and purportedly issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. A maternity certificate confirms…

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Pregnant Woman, Another Die As Police Raid Train In Ikeja

An unidentified man jumped to death while a pregnant woman was killed on Tuesday during a face-off between policemen and illegal train passengers at Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday. A policeman, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said some of the illegal passengers had been seen with guns on Monday. He said in the process of trying to arrest them, the illegal passengers fought back. He said, “Since these illegal train…

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Doug Pullen: Giving voice to African women

Doug Pullen: Giving voice to African women West African singer Fatoumata Diarawa, who performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tricky Falls, has seduced Western audiences with her sultry voice and sparse music, a cross between Western jazz and pop and the music of the Wassoulou region of southern Mali where she grew up.Ê It’s sweet sounding stuff, but the messages in her songs are powerful and not always pleasant. “Sowa” decries the practice in which…

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Nursing Mother Refuses to Breast Feed Baby for Fear of Death

A nursing mother, Salamatu Abdulai, for customary belief, has refused to touch and breastfeed her new-born baby boy for fear of being called a witch. Madam Salamatu broke down in tears after giving birth to her baby early hours of Wednesday at the Yendi hospital and vowed never to touch or chest feed her baby. Madam Salamatu Abdulai, from the Nageba tribe, hails from a village called Nayuba near Dimong, a Konkomba Community in the…

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