Tagged as: Women’s Rights

What is breast ironing and what are its consequences?

WHAT IS BREAST IRONING? Breast ironing, also known as breast flattening, is a process that involves pounding or beating a young girl’s breast using hard or hot objects. Breast ironing usually begins with the onset of puberty. It is done to prevent, or reverse breast growth. The United Nations (UN)

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Women in politics: in Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond

There is an inequality between the number of men and the number of women who are involved in politics across the world. In 1995, the percentage of female members of national parliaments across the world was 11.3%. By November 2018, this had increased to 24%. This number, however, is still

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What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature. This can be a whole range of behaviours – it may be sexual comments or jokes, sending or displaying pictures or videos of a sexual nature, or physical contact that is not wanted. People can be sexually harassed by strangers or

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Household Chores are Just as Important as Paid Work

Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for helping to end Liberia’s civil war. However, when she was invited to speak at a Gates Foundation event in 2017, she didn’t talk about that. Instead, she talked about a meeting she had once had with a group

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Africa’s Women in Science

The proportion of women studying science is low due to gender inequality in many countries. Because of this, girls are often discouraged from pursuing careers in the sciences. Here, we celebrate the achievements of the women who overcame this adversity through their passion for science. WANGARI MAATHAI Maathai was a

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Women in African agriculture: How improving women’s rights helps the agricultural sector

AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA The agriculture sector is a vital part of African society and the African economy. According to the World Bank, 62% of Africa’s workforce is employed in agriculture and 32% of Africa’s GDP is produced by the agriculture industry. African agricultural products are exported across the world and

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