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8 African Women against the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

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…

Lesotho: Basotho Women Excel in Farming despite Patriarchal Norms

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…

AfDB, African Guarantee Fund Unlocks US$2bn Loans for Women-owned SMEs

THE African Development Bank (AfDB) through its ‘Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative has partnered with the African Guarantee Fund to unlock between US$1,3 billion and US$2 billion in loans for the continent’s women-owned Small to Medium Enterprises. AfDB said the move signals the launch of AFAWA’s Guarantee for Growth (G4G) programme, which seeks to make available up to US$3 billion in financing for women entrepreneurs through de-risking and technical assistance measures. “The AfDB’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme has agreed a to partnership with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to unlock US$1.3 to US$2 billion in loans to women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa, by working with financial institutions to enhance their ability to lend to women,” said the regional financial institution. Already, financial institutions in countries such as Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have signed…

Nigeria: Dangote Foundation Disburses N3.9b to Women in 11 states

In efforts to better the lives of women in Nigeria, Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has disbursed the sum of N3.924 billion to 392,490 women and youths across Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto and Katsina state as part of its microgrant programme. Also, the Foundation has concluded plans to extend the disbursement of the micro-grant program to Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Edo, Rivers, Anambra, Ebonyi and Bauchi states as part of the next phase of this programme. A breakdown of the disbursement shows that N880 million was distributed to 88,000 women in Kano State; 27,000 women received N270 million in Jagawa state; 22,000 women received N220 million in Kogi State; 31,500 women and youth collected N315 million in Adamawa; 54,000 Women and youth got N540 million in Borno State. Furthermore, 40,000 women received N400 million in Lagos; 25,000 women received N250 million in Niger; 13,000 received N130 Million in Nassarawa; 23,990 women benefitted from the…

British Council Partners with Leading UK Universities to Support Malaysian Female Students in STEM

The British Council has launched a postgraduate scholarship programme in partnership with three leading UK universities — University of Glasgow, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Stirling, aimed at benefiting Southeast Asian women with a background in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). According to UNESCO, fewer than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. The British Council seeks to increase this number by establishing programmes to support women in STEM around the world, from inspiring young girls to stay in the field to supporting working women in STEM to reach positions of leadership. Its latest programme provides fifteen full scholarships to women from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM. The scholarships will cover full tuition…

I am sorry, I am not sorry

By Kembet Bolton I had just run 1 hour straight on the treadmill in a local gym and was frantically looking for a spot to sit my butt. The only available spot was a little space in a couch where three ladies who haven’t lifted a dumbbell since they walked in sat and were chatting heartily. I squeezed myself in as I was too tired to ask for permission, the seat belongs to the gym after all. They were chatting loudly and I wasn’t sure if it was polite to listen to their conversation. I later rationalized that this wasn’t eavesdropping, as they were aware of my presence. It was an interesting conversation that kept me glued to the couch for more than thirty minutes, when normally I will only take two to three minutes break to catch my breath after an intense workout. One of the ladies, a tall…

Seven Great Tips for Crafting with Children

By Walcott Aganu “Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Research has established that craft activities are perfect for children as they develop fine skills and creativity and it encourages kids to explore different ideas. However, many parents still dread doing craft activities with young children or toddlers because of the mess and the required parental input. Are you stifling in frustration every time your child asks to paint? A little nudge and guidance in the right direction can be of great help and encouragement to kids. We have a few ideas that might help you find a comfortable compromise for you and your budding artists. Here are tips for crafting with Children 1. Early preparation and planning Prior preparation is vital to enjoyable craft sessions, just like cooking with children. When having a craft session with kids, make…