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“To have a Black and Asian woman serve as vice president inspires me with feelings of hope and trues possibilities” “The inauguration of Kamala Harris means progress is happening for women. It allows people to see race, gender and equality at the same time” “There has never been a better time to feel empowered and respected as a female leader than now” These are some of the words that have continued to echo in the voice of women around the globe. Not only has the inauguration of Harris as the vice-president of the United States brought about renewed hope and assurance for women in leadership and the girl child, but is has paved a way for the that little girl to see and believe that she can be it. Kamala Harris has cemented a place in history by becoming America’s first woman, and the first Black and South Asian person,…

By Miracle Nwankwo

After organizing the protests that ousted the three-decade rule of Sudan’s autocratic President Omar al-Bashir on 11 April 2019, Sudanese women are playing a prominent role in the country’s new transitional government, as they seek to overturn many of the restrictive Islamic laws that stifle women’s rights enforced by the former government.

By Ibifuro Ken-Giami

2020 will remain an unforgettable year in the archives of history, owing largely to the trail of challenges and hardship faced by most people as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. Although there are several negative impacts of the pandemic, it has clearly revealed the systemic and deep forms of inequalities in the world system. Shamina Singh, Founder & President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, succinctly elaborated on this point in her statement that “COVID-19 has brought to the forefront the urgency of inclusive growth and the impact of unequal growth.”

Kenya’s 2017 General Election, despite being the second after the promulgation of the new Constitution, ushered in a number of firsts in the political arena. It was the first time that a presidential election results had been annulled. It was also during this election that Kenya got its first set of female governors. Apart from Charity Ngilu who had won the Kitui gubernatorial race, the other two female governors, Anne Waiguru and late Dr Joyce Laboso, were not considered political heavyweights. They were only mastering the ropes of politics at the very top with the win being Waiguru’s first attempt at politics and Laboso starting on a new path having only come into politics as her sister’s successor. Dr Laboso, who recently passed on has always been at the forefront of Kenya’s power ground championing for empowerment and encouraging women to set out and achieve their goals. As a pioneer…