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Kenya Allison was recently appointed Battalion Commanding Officer for the UNC Naval ROTC, making her the first black woman to attain the position. Kenya Allison is a self-proclaimed military brat — military life is all she has known. Growing up, Allison lived all over the world. She watched her father hold leadership positions in the Navy. As her mother went through health struggles, the military helped Allison’s family afford her health care. Allison said this inspired her to one day join the military. “In a way, I always knew I wanted to go into the military,” Allison said. “I’ve seen how much they’ve given me, and I wanted to give back in a way.” Allison, now a senior at UNC, have always admired past occupants of that position and is optimistic about fulfilling her role. The Battalion Commanding Officer is the highest student leadership position within the Naval Reserve Officers Training…

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched a new online platform that will allow women traders to market products in the Commonwealth countries. The directory has been produced under the She Trades project and will be hosted by the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (Keproba). The platform enables women-owned businesses to market their wares globally where ITC will facilitate networking of small and medium enterprises. “We hope to increasingly partner in similar initiatives to expand our export pie in the global economy,” said Keproba chief executive Wilfred Marube. The project aims to increase economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries by increasing the participation of women-owned businesses, positioning the Commonwealth to create trade and investment opportunities for women. The She Trades initiative that goes live on February 25 and brings together three million women onto one e-platform is aimed at enhancing exports by local women-owned businesses. Participating businesses…

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the loss of jobs for most women in many places including Morocco, however about 700 Moroccan women will benefit from work contracts following an agreement between provincial authorities and the National Agency for the Promotion of Employment and Skills (ANAPEC), State media reports. The two parties concluded employment contracts in favor of women affected by COVID-19-induced economic crisis and the shutdown of the crossing point with the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The agreement was part of the implementation of the integrated program of economic and social development of the prefecture of M’diq-Fnideq and the province of Tetouan in northern Morocco. Around 107 of the women have so far signed their employment contracts. The contracts will secure job opportunities for women in an industrial unit specializing in textile recycling, the Agency for the Promotion and Development of the North (APDN) announced. The agency expects the number of contracts…

By Kembet Bolton I am sorry. If you’re a woman, there’s a good chance you use this phrase a lot—in fact, you may use it way too much. That’s not your fault. Women are taught and socialized to say sorry—to feel sorry—whether they’re in the wrong or not. It’s a form of deference, and it’s a way of making ourselves smaller or just appeasing. And even though it becomes such an ingrained part of our vocabularies that we often apologize when we are not wrong. It’s not good for us—and it’s not good for our relationships, romantic and otherwise. Because all too frequently, those apologies aren’t real apologies at all. They’re said out of a sense of duty or awkwardness, to stop someone from getting angry or to hide the fact that we’re angry ourselves. So, it’s time to take a little inventory of our “I’m sorry” habit—and look at…

The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has joined the 30% club, a global campaign to take action to increase gender diversity in boards and senior management within the workplace, cementing its commitment to enhance gender equality in corporate leadership in Kenya. By joining the 30% club, the NSE will champion for at least 30% representation of women on boards and senior management of companies listed on the NSE and within the larger Capital Markets. Geoffrey Odundo, CEO, NSE said, “We are delighted to join the 30% club as we continue to spearhead gender equality and inclusion in Boards and Senior Management of listed companies. This milestone underscores our commitment to supporting companies leverage on various aspects of diversity to enhance business capabilities in a rapidly changing operating environment.” Zuhura Ogada, CEO, New Revenue Solutions Africa, stewards of 30% Club East Africa said, “We are happy about this collaboration with the NSE and…

By Miracle Nwankwo The practice of female genital mutilation is a common tradition is some parts of the world. “Although primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, female genital mutilation is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America. Female genital mutilation continues to persist amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand,” the United Nations says. Female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision is the procedure of altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and this practice is globally recognized as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women. The fight against FGM is to protect women and girls from the short-term and long-term complications of this practice, because we believe that no human deserve to be meted such…

Women in Lesotho have always played a major role in food production albeit at a subsistence level. In this patriarchal and gendered society, it is inculcated into every female- from toddlers as young as five years to great grandmothers- that theirs is to till the land and put food on the table for their families. Despite their prowess in farming, most women hardly venture into commercial farming, thanks to the patriarchal system and its attendant customary law precepts which deny women ownership of the land. While the battle continues for the enactment of laws to fully empower women and give them equal access to land as their male counterparts, a new breed of female commercial farmers is gradually emerging. Thirty-six-year-old Thakane Mphatsoane is one such woman blazing the trail and leading the way for female entrepreneurs in this male-dominated sector. Hailing from the tiny village of Ha Molengoane, Nazareth in…