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African Politics

La Francophonie au féminin?

A l’aube de la succession d’Abdou Diouf au secrétariat général de la Francophonie, prévue fin novembre prochain, une candidate, parmi les six en lice à ce jour, se démarque nettement de ses concurrents et suscite l’intérêt par sa candidature. Et pour cause, il s’agit de la seule femme à se présenter…mais ...

Gender Country Profile: Democratic Republic of Congo

This Gender Country Profile (available here in English et ici en français) examines gender relations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It offers recommendations to the donor community on ways to improve gender equality in the DRC. The study was commissioned by the Embassy of Sweden in Kinshasa, with the Department for ...

16 Days of Activism 2012 RWANDA: 13 Years After the Genocide, Gender-Based Violence Continues Behind Closed Doors

“I do not want to report him to the police,” mumbles Nikuze as she sits down, bleeding in the mouth where two teeth have been knocked out by her husband. “If I report him and he is incarcerated, who is going to help me at home and in my business...” The Rwanda government, has spearheaded efforts in the fight ...

16 Days of Activism 2012 EGYPT: Young Egyptians Take the Streets to End Violence Against Women

Egyptian women were probably the first group disappointed when their hopes for change following the 2009 revolution failed to be met. While women were active participants and leaders of change during the revolution, which overthrew the old regime, they rapidly became the repeated targets of various forms of abuse once the ...

Is Women’s Increased Political Participation the Answer to the Situation in the DRC?

With no female candidates having run for the presidential elections in 2011 and concerns are raised over their un-free and unfair nature - what does the near future hold for the women of the DRC? The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) historic presidential and legislative elections took place on November 28 2011. ...

The ‘Future We Want’ – On the Importance of Recognising Women Refugees in the Sahel at the Rio +20 Summit

Today is 'World Refugee Day'. It is also the day when world leaders, NGOs, and other groups gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss how sustainable development can be achieved by joint efforts. The meeting runs with the slogan 'the future we want'. One of the challenges faced by Rio +20 is the situation of environmental ...

Three Women; One Society: A personal experience on empowerment issues in Nigeria

Every time I go to Nigeria I get this amazing feeling, something that gives me a sense of belonging. The only downfall is that I always have to adapt my personality to the different environment that surrounds me.  This is especially true when I am around women.  In my opinion, in Nigeria, women can be categorised into three ...