When Boko Haram sends young girls out on suicide missions, they ensure that these girls are beautifully made up: henna adorning their hands and feet, make up applied to their faces and hair often straightened – before bombs are attached to their waists.
In a community where women are discouraged from playing football (soccer) due to conservative beliefs, these women formed their own club leagues and six women’s teams compete against each other and are a source of camaraderie and fortitude for one another.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and famous ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, passed away on April 2 2018.
After leading Mauritius for almost 3 years, President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is embroiled in an expenses scandal and has expressed through lawyers that she will step down. President Ameenah is the only current female Head of State in Africa and Mauritius' first female president - so this is quite the blow.
Last week, Boko Haram abducted schoolgirls from their boarding school at the Government Girls Science and Technical School in Dapchi (Yobe State, Northeastern Nigeria). In this painful deja vu, reminiscent of the 2014 attack in Chibok which spurred the international #BringBackOurGirls movement, it is clear that the Nigerian government is yet to defeat Boko Haram.
My favorite part of holiday season has always been New Year's - something about the symbolism of a fresh start gives most people hope.
This past week, I have been thinking a lot about appreciating when progress has been made versus acknowledging that the strides taken are still not good enough. While not within Empower46's scope of covering news on women in Africa, Saudi Arabia's lift on its ban on female drivers is significant enough to be noted here.
"L’éducation, serait-ce un investissement non viable, avec un retour sur investissement à trop long terme et donc qui n’en vaudrait pas la peine ?"
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