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Weekly Editorials

Can Australia Include Women in the G20 Agenda?

Australia, who will host the G20 Summit later this year, is being urged by UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcucka to entrench gender equality in the agenda of the summits, or risk entrenching global inequalities even further.   Though Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka believes that Australia has the capacity ...

Senegal’s Restrictive Abortion Law

The headline of a  a piece in the Global Development section of The Guardian Newspaper on April 4th, 2014, reads: "Senegalese law bans raped 10-year-old from aborting twins". The headline is shocking and elicits some very strong emotions. It goes on to detail how the five-month pregnant ten year old will have to carry the ...

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106: Do We Need a Sixth Resolution?

On Monday the United Nations Security Council adopted the 6th Resolution on Women, Peace and Security - UNSCR 2106. The sixth resolution on the same theme the question close at hand is whether this is the right way to go? How do we together make sure that women are not treated as the other half of the worlds population but as ...

WHO Recently Published Report Indicates Violence Against Women is a ‘’Global Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions’’

According to new report released by World Health Organization (WHO), Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, more than a third of all women globally suffer from physical or sexual violence, posing a global health ...

Breast Ironing

It has been quiet in the editorial section during the last weeks. This is not because we have stopped writing them but merely because there have been so much going on. This also means that this weeks editorial will be a bit particular. I have been finalising work on a study on the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. ...

Women’s (Economic) Empowerment

Let's talk business! Entrepreneurship is one of the most prominent catchwords in the development discourse at the moment. To be a successful entrepreneur you will generally along with an idea need money, access to a market and time to realise the project. Imagine now that you do not have an income, you live in an urban area, ...

Empowering Women & Girls Through ICT

The ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is increasingly used across the continent to empower women. It can be a very powerful force when it is used for good purposes as much as it can for bad. UNESCO & INTEL have realised the potential power that ICT can offer. Together they encourage the used of ICT in ...