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Uganda: LGBTI rights defenders and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

On 20 December 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill", which currently awaits the signature of the President to become law. 


Azita Rafa’t: "It was the day when 10,000 rockets hit the city"

Azita Rafa’at is a human and women’s rights activist from Badghis province.


Interview with Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is now 25 years old. Caroline Hartnell talks to president and CEO Musimbi Kanyoro about its achievements and challenges over that period and her vision for a world in which women no longer have to fight for their rights.


Why progress in women's rights has been compromised

Women's status may have been transformed, but misdirected resources and incorrect strategies make this difficult to sustain


The Crisis in the Central African Republic: Will a Woman at the Helm Be Enough?

Renewed international attention to the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the change of leadership in the violence-torn country bring new hopes of putting an end to the CAR’s spiraling sectarian violence that wracked the country during the disastrous ten-month tenure of former interim president Michel Djotodia. The election of Catherine Samba-Panza, the country’s first female president, who was sworn in on January 23 to lead the second transition after the military coup that toppled former president François Bozizé in March 2013, constitutes a singular and historic choice for the central African nation.


Interview - Zimbabwe: Melanie Chiponda, stigmatised as 'foreign agent' for criticising diamond mining and trade

Ms Melanie Chiponda is a human rights defender from Zimbabwe. As Project Coordinator with the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust, she works with rural communities in Marange diamond fields. Diamond mining and trade have led to widespread human rights violations.


India just produced its first gun for women. Is this a solution or a problem?

India appears to be following the US by making and marketing guns for women, but it won't make women any safer


Women at Davos: what's happening to the numbers?

If you want to know who runs the world, you could do worse than check out the delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The baffling news is that proportion of women attending has actually fallen


“Why Popular Culture Matters for African Feminism” (on something other than Beyoncé) Part 1

I formally came into feminism at university or rather I came to name my politics ‘as such’ during that time. But like many other young women of my generation, my formative understandings of, and identifications with feminism have over the years been shaped by popular culture.


Women in the Central African Republic

Central African Republic lawmakers chose their capital’s mayor, Catherine Samba-Panza, to become the country’s first female president - Africa’s third female head of state in the post-colonial era - and to pull the country out of months of sectarian bloodshed.



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