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Nigerian women as expendables

Author: Owei Lakemfa Published on: 13/04/2016

Some Nigerian pregnant women

In this blog, Owei Lakemfa laments the excuses given for treating women as expendable in the name of traditional, cultural, or religious belief, and urges Nigerians to reject viewing women in objectified ways and instead treat them as the bedrock of a healthy society. Reprinted with permission.

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SDG 5: Achieving Gender Equality

Author: Angela De Prairie Published on: 23/02/2016

This is the sixth piece in a series in collaboration with the youth division of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN-Y) exploring the Sustainable Development Goals. You can view the introduction to the series here. This piece concerns the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, framing the task from a human rights perspective. Reprinted with permission.

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Zanzibar women brush up on the law to keep control of land

Author: Belinda Goldsmith Published on: 04/02/2016

Although Tanzania’s constitution upholds equal rights to property ownership, customary practices continue to impact women who often only have access to land via their husbands, fathers or other male relatives and have no idea of their rights.

This article explores how women in Zanzibar, Tanzania, are educating themselves on law in order to keep control of their land.


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Gender Equality: what’s in it for men?

Author: Julia Hamaus Published on: 01/02/2016
Being a man in Nigeria: perceptions and realities cover image

Click to read this newly published landmark report from the Voices for Change, Nigeria programme on men and masculinities

This blog was inspired by reflections on the role men and boys can play in promoting gender equality at the UK launch of ‘Being a man in Nigeria: Perceptions and Realities’, a ground breaking publication of the Voices for Change programme. The blog discusses the findings of the publication, the challenges and evidence of change, and presents thoughts from the perspective of how men can and will benefit from gender equality.

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Nigeria’s Greatest Natural Resource

Author: Olubunmi Aboderin Published on: 26/01/2016

Bunmi Aboderin

“There is a lot of talk about “inclusive capitalism” and “inclusive growth” these days. That’s all well and good but in addition to these, what we need is an “inclusive government”. A government that includes capable, honest citizens based on merit irrespective of gender…”

Exploring why this is the case, and in what ways women in particular can support the advance of inclusive government, is the topic of this blog written by Olubunmi Aboderin, and hosted by WIMBIZ.

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The challenge for western feminism in the 21st century

Author: Minna Salami Published on: 14/01/2016

Feminism in the west is failing, and it is important that it does not do so. That is the message of this blog, which examines the various challenges faced by western feminism today, and what they could learn from African feminism and beyond. Reprinted with permission.

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