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Young mums sidelined over child nutrition

Author: Sabine Garbarino and Frances Hansford Published on: 05/01/2016

Husbands often make all decisions in Northern Nigerian homes. Yet with a new study showing a strong link between woman’s age and decision-making power, this blog argues that it is vital to empower women and educate men about good nutrition.

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It Begins in the Classroom

Author: ActionAid Nigeria Published on: 01/01/2016
Fifteen-year-old Jemila Kabiru

Fifteen-year-old Jemila Kabiru

This blog describes the Enhancing Girls’ Basic Education in Kebbi project, delivered by ActionAid Nigeria. As the name suggests, the project, funded by OXFAM Novib, aims at improving the enrolment of girls in primary school in Kebbi State in northern Nigeria.

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Mums at Work

Author: Ronke Omolegbe Published on: 01/01/2016

Babies at ActionAid creche

This blog introduces the crèche concept that ActionAid Nigeria have introduced to help mothers to stay in the workforce.

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The economic consequences of child marriage

Author: Alyssa Cadice Published on: 21/12/2015

In light of the fact that sometimes appeals to human rights is not enough to get the message about the negative impacts of child marriage across, this article frames the argument in a different way, showing that child marriage, regardless of ethics and morality, is simply bad economics.

 

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THE BONDAGE OF MASCULINITY By Wana Udobang

Author: Wana Udobang Published on: 28/10/2015

A year ago at a time best known by the gender activism community as sixteen days of activism, I choose to flip the script a little. Sixteen days is set out towards creating awareness on sexual and gender based violence. So rather than my typical radio programmes dedicated to battered women, I thought it was time we started to better understand the underlying pathologies behind gender based violence and for me, one of the ways I could think of doing that was to suspend my prejudices and dedicate a portion of my sixteen days to perpetrators or what we Nigerian’s often refer to as ‘wife beaters’.

 

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To promote women’s leadership in the public sector, we need better data

Author: Ciara Lee Published on: 28/08/2015

Public administration is the foundation of government and a major employer in most countries. As such, women’s participation in the civil service is vital for their economic empowerment as well as for mirroring the fabric of society in a country’s public institutions. This blog, part of the UNDP’s ‘Our Perspectives’ series, explores this topic, asking what data is needed, and how it can be made more accessible.

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Feature: Tanzanian gang rape film helps village women halt sexual abuse

Author: Tim Pearce Published on: 15/08/2015

This blog post tells the story of the feature film “Aisha”, which was recently released by the non-profit organisation Uzikwasa, the third film in its five-year-old campaign to promote gender justice in the Pangani district of northeast Tanzania’s Tanga region.

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Women and girls must be central to Buhari’s reform agenda

Author: Briana Mawby and Alexandra Z. Safir Published on: 27/07/2015

President Buhari

Women in Nigeria, especially in the north, are particularly vulnerable to actions by the insurgent group Boko Haram. Meanwhile, maternal health, early marriage and girls’ education also remain serious obstacles. This article argues that in any reform agenda, the safety and development of women and girls must be considered a priority by President Buhari

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Do more equitable divisions of caregiving contribute to lower rates of violence against women or children?

Author: Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed Published on: 19/06/2015

Thirty-five percent of women around the world have experienced domestic violence.  A possible way to help tackle the problem is apparent in fresh evidence in a recently published State of the World’s Fathers (SOWF) report on fatherhood and caregiving.

This blog by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed explores the context and findings of the report, and discusses the impact that involved fatherhood and more equitable divisions of caregiving can have in reducing domestic violence, and breaking  the cycle of abuse that passes down generations.

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An interview with Obiageli Ezekwesli

Author: Mayesha Alam Published on: 29/05/2015

Obiageli Ezekwesili created the #BringBackOurGirls campaign in response to the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram in April 2014. Mayesha Alam, Associate Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security, interviewed her about the plight of the Chibok girls and the campaign to bring them back.

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