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16 Days of Activism

16 Days Of Activism: Meet Mavis Mtyolwa , from Marikana – South Africa

I was married at 17. It was an arranged marriage and I received a very good bride price of 12 cows because I was a virgin. He was a supervisor at a mine in Krugersdorp and we were able to build a home before he died after being hit by a train. I was left with two daughters who were 10 and 15 at the time. We lived off the land ...

16 Days Of Activism: Meet Nomanono Mhlana, from Marikana – South Africa

To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Make Every Woman Count will be running a series of articles under the theme “Celebrating the Resilience and Courage of Women Survivors of Gender-Based Violence” to showcase the life histories of 16 African women survivors of gender –based violence be it at home or ...

16 Days Of Activism: Meet Nomfanelo Jali from Marikana – South Africa

Welcome to our 16 Days of Activism! Make Every Woman Count would like you to join its efforts to contribute to the global campaign to end gender violence “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”. To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, ...

Why don’t African women write their own stories?

On Our Radar reporter Wanja Maina asks female writers from around Africa the obstacles they face when putting pen to paper ”A story that deserves to be told does not forgive silence” I am writing from the African Women’s Writers’ workshop in Uganda, the first ever regional non-fiction workshop for African women ...

16 Days of Activism 2012 SOMALIA: Women Fight for Their Place in the New Somalia

Somalia’s state has completed its institutional transition by forming a new Federal Parliamentary system, now the attentions of the new government can begin to focus upon the much needed process of transforming the governance of this notoriously fractured and unruly country. Women’s human rights have never been given ...

16 Days of Activism 2012 KENYA: Kenya’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Highlights the Epidemic of Interpersonal and Domestic Violence

In Kenya, stories of domestic abuse, murder, rape and other forms of sexual assault are featured in newspapers and flash across screens on a daily basis. According to the UN’s campaign “Say No: unite to end violence against women” almost 70% of Kenyan women experience violence at some point in their lifetime. A 2006 ...

16 Days of Activism 2012 SOUTH SUDAN: Africa’s Youngest Country Struggles to Curb Violence Against Women

South Sudan, a country that gained independence from Sudan only a little more than 1 year ago, has among the worlds worst developmental indicators. It has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world, with 2,054 per 100,000 live births. South Sudan presents an overall difficult situation for women who make up about ...