In a classic case of having nothing better to do, the Egyptian government is prosecuting actress Rania Youssef for wearing a see-through dress at a film festival in Cairo. The dress in question is considered 'obscene' as its embroidered material reveals the entirety of her legs.
In Narok County (southwest Kenya), schoolgirls will be subject to pregnancy and female genital mutilation (FGM) tests once the school term resumes in January. Despite the outlawing of FGM, Narok still has the highest rates of the awful practice in Kenya. George Natembeya, the Narok County Commissioner, intends for the FGM tests to be used to crack down on the practice, promising to arrest and prosecute the parents of girls who have been found to be cut.
Diane Rwigara, the woman who attempted to run against Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, is now on trial for "inciting insurrection and forgery". If convicted, Diane faces up to 22 years in jail.
In 2008, a young American woman, Katie Meyler started a charity named “More Than Me” intended to help ‘street’ girls in Liberia gain education. She partnered with a Liberian man, Macintosh Johnson, to recruit young girls to the school from Monrovia’s infamous West Point neighborhood and to essentially serve as the “man on the ground” in liaising with locals. This is a horrendous story of the darkest side of aid and one that reveals just how easy and unchecked it often is to harm the most vulnerable among us.
Netflix has acquired world-wide rights to Lionheart, comedy-drama movie directed by Nigerian actress and superstar, Genevieve Nnaji. Lionheart debuted at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month, and is the first Netflix original movie out of Nollywood.
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.
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