Abducted girls released in northwest Nigeria, as fresh attacks rock country’s northeast

While the release of more than 200 girls abducted from their school on Friday in northwest Nigeria is a welcome development said senior UN officials there on Tuesday, civilians and aid facilities have come under attack in the country’s northeast, highlighting the plight of civilians who have suffered years of conflict and insecurity. Edward Kallon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, denounced the attack, in Dikwa, in restive Borno state, which started late on Monday (local time). “As…

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Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital records zero maternal deaths in 2020

Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital has for the first time in ten years last year recorded zero maternal deaths. This achievement has been attributed to the hardworking and dedicated staff of the hospital amidst challenges and the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2020 Annual Performance Review of the hospital at Karaga, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Barihama Adam expressed gratitude to the midwives and called for the support of all to continue to provide quality health care to…

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Ghana’s Ex-President Mahama selects First Female running mate

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama, has selected Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 2020 presidential elections. The National Communication Officer of the NDC, Mr Sammy Gyamfi announced that Prof Opoku-Agyeman had been selected as running mate for the NDC ticket after a meeting between the flagbearer and the National Executive Committee (NEC) at the NDC Headquarters on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Accra. He told pressmen that…

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Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation

Projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods. Details of the projects, and the ways which they are having a positive effect on the lives of victims and children born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse, are contained within the trust fund’s latest annual report, which was released on Monday.  Over the past year, six projects were launched…

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Nigeria records ‘one rape every five hours’

There were 717 rapes in Nigeria between January and May this year, amounting to one rape every five hours, the country’s police chief says. Mohammed Adamu described rape as a serious and wicked offence and urged Nigerians to report any case. Speaking to journalists after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential palace in Abuja, the police chief said that 799 suspects had been arrested and 631 had appeared in court. But Mr Adamu did not speak about the…

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A year later: Sudanese women raped in crackdown seek justice

On anniversary of deadly dispersal of a sit-in protest, rape survivors describe the horror at the hands of militiamen. Dozens of women raped by Sudanese security forces over the course of a few hours on June 3, 2019, are still seeking justice, a year after a brutal crackdown that left at least 87 people dead. In a rampage that day, members of the notorious paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and other troops tore apart a sit-in camp in the…

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Sierra Leone sends a woman to master drones in Malawi

Rakie Sesay, a 24-year-old mechanical engineer from Freetown is the first person from Sierra Leone to attend the Africa Data and Drone Academy’s (ADDA) drone certification program at Malawi University of Science and Technology.   UNICEF Sierra Leone and the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) made a joint call for application to the ADDA program after the launch of the Drone Corridor at Njala University, Sesay answered that call.  She and others from the continent have enrolled at the UNICEF-sponsored African…

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Why Gender Matters for Soil Health as Part of Sustainable Food Systems

This post is written by Wei Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). While healthy soils play a critical role in supporting agricultural productivity, climate change mitigation and resilience, and a range of other ecosystem services and are thus an integral part of sustainable food systems, large parts of African agricultural soils remain highly degraded. While there are hundreds of technical options for improving soil health, there are a myriad of sociocultural, institutional,…

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‘A piece of me’ was taken – women talk about genital mutilation

“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) about their experiences. The three women, all from the Afar Region of the Horn of Africa country, tell their stories in the hope that they can empower others in their communities to…

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Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive crisis in Africa

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex – sometimes for less than the cost of bread – to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country faces its worst drought in four decades, World Vision said. The United Nations says a record 45 million people…

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