Mauritius: Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre marks International Day for Women and Girls in Science

A webinar targeting secondary school students, educators and the public was organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), this morning, in Bell Village, in the context of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, commemorated on 11 February annually. The theme of the webinar was ‘Water Unites Us: Perspectives from Mauritian Female Scientists’. The objectives of the webinar were to promote female scientists working in Mauritius as role models for secondary school students; to value the…

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Women and Girls in science and technology: Bridging the gender gap

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let us recognize significant progress. According to UNESCO Science Report 2021, one in three researchers in science globally is a woman. In Africa, 30% of science professionals are women and female enrolment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses is rising. Yet women and girls are still underrepresented. Globally, only 12% of the members of science academies are women and they comprise only a quarter (28%) of tertiary…

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Ghana’s National Science and Maths Quiz Put Female Scientists on the map

Photo Source: ML-Vision  Ghana’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) is arguably the most-watched programme on national television with a nationwide engagement second only to a Black Stars’ football match. Initiated in 1993 to promote the study of science and mathematics in Ghana, the NSMQ has also fostered a healthy rivalry among senior high schools in the country, generating a lot of excitement on social media in recent times. Unfortunately, female representation at the finals of the competition had…

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Nigerian NGO Empowers Girls by Teaching Them to Build Robots

In many places around the world, gender inequality still exists to a large extent, which means that women and girls in these places do not have the same opportunities for intellectual, economic and social development. Often they have no opportunity at all.Solutions to these complex problems take time to come by, but 2021 can be argued as a breakthrough years in terms of gender-based interventions and evidence on outcomes. Mothers and grandmothers are key protagonists. Seeing as though they…

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Authorities urged to protect women and children following violence and protests in Sudan

Authorities in Sudan must protect boys and girls from violence, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, following recent deadly inter-communal clashes in West Darfur and protests in the capital, Khartoum. Kambou Fofana, Acting UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, made the appeal in a statement on reported excessive use of force against children. “UNICEF calls on all authorities in Sudan to protect all children from all forms of violence…

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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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