Category: AIF Issue 48

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Challenges and gaps, but many gains

The African Union’ s Maputo Protocol provides member states with a comprehensive policy framework for ensuring women’ s rights across the continent In 2003, the African Union adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, now known as the Maputo Protocol. According to the United Nations, this […]

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Women farmers join agricultural value chains

Women are the backbone of agricultural and rural economies in Africa, yet are often deprived of the means to become self-sufficient If Africa is to feed itself, and if land rights are to be applied universally, the advancement of African women farmers is a fundamental necessity, and the ability of women to access microfinance is […]

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West African boardrooms and the gender gap

Women make up almost exactly half the population of the region, but you’d never say so based on how few there are in senior management It is rather surprising that African women, who raise and support future national leaders – and who therefore count among the founders of nations – are seldom allowed to participate […]

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Kenya’s women fight back

Female activists and politicians in Kenya say misogyny and violence against women are an all-too familiar aspect of political campaign periods “They threw raw eggs at me as they abused me, saying I am a woman and therefore not fit to be their leader. At a shopping centre, where I was holding my final campaigns […]

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Lionesses need historians more than fish need bicycles

The African story abounds with great women whose achievements are often reduced to prurient anecdotes Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. So, says the Igbo proverb, which became a rallying cry for a generation of post-colonial African historians. But what of the lionesses? Are their tales […]

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Africa’s women in full flight

African women are world leaders when it comes to taking top jobs in the aviation industry In December 2017, a Boeing 777 made African history when it flew five hours from Addis Ababa to Lagos, Nigeria with an all-female crew. Captain Amsale Gualu piloted the plane, with the help of women cabin crew, check-in attendants, […]

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A material difference

  Entrenched family values and practices appear to play an important role in perpetuating gender inequalities in sub-Saharan Africa Being a woman in Africa means being exposed to a range of prejudices and biases that are encoded in institutions, discourses and ways of relating, and experiencing the effects of these in material conditions that are […]

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Challenging the patriarchy

Mama Rahma: profile of an African feminist Child bride at 13 and a victim of female genital mutilation, Kenyan activist Rahma Wako liberated herself to become a powerful advocate of women’s rights Despite holding up half the sky, African women have for a long time existed within a society that does not allow them to […]

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An appetite for hard work

In the face of soaring unemployment, women informal traders in one South African provincial capital are earning a good living – and creating jobs When Manoko Moloto was still employed as a general worker at a school, she never thought she would one day join the ranks of informal traders in her home town, Polokwane, […]

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Battling to stay afloat

The struggle for water in Malawi’s drought-stricken eastern region has hit women the hardest, destroying marriages and creating community tensions It’s the hot, dry season in Malawi and the women of Chibisa village in the traditional authority of Jenala in Phalombe, located in Malawi’s eastern region, are distressed. Their problems are worsening; the water points […]

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Woman on a mission

How a chief in Malawi is changing hearts and minds about the damaging practice of early marriage Chief Theresa Kachindamoto’s office is decorated with certificates for awards she has received locally in Malawi and internationally. A large, colourful portrait of her hangs on one wall in her office, while on another wall, just behind her […]

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