Supporting women’s rights and fighting gender inequality is not merely a problem of the West. In her essay, Godess Bvukutwa argues for the importance for gender rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Reprinted with permission.
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In this blog, Adeola Aderounmu draws from his personal experience to talk directly to men in Nigeria on why they should cook as much as women. From personal, artistic development and relaxation, to helping alleviate the strains women face and rebalance the workloads between men and women, Aderounmu uses food and cooking to examine the deeper social norms and traditions that require examination and redress if Nigerian society is to make progress toward greater gender equality.
(reprinted with permission)
A blog by Alexandra Z. Safir on the role of public-private partnerships in securing education for girls in Nigeria. The blog draws from an event hosted in September 2014 by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security entitled “Advancing Safe Access to Education for Girls’ Education in Nigeria and Beyond.” The event featured remarks from Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and discussed the global issue of safe and secure education for children worldwide. Reprinted with permission.
This inspiring Oxfam blog presents voices of the youth campaigners from around the world, with a number from West Africa, sharing experiences from their work in helping youth to claim their rights health and education services. Reprinted with permission.
This Association for Women’s Rights (AWID) blog posting is a very timely piece building on the momentum generated from the recent Girl Summit in London, UK, July 2014, which focused on two highly relevant issues affecting girls in Nigeria – Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage.
This blog talks about the new law recently passed in the Nigerian state of Kano prohibiting rape – which might be a vital step forwards in tackling widespread sexual and domestic violence – but is a step backwards for the human rights to be free from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
It is the first time the crime of lesbianism has been so explicitly stated in secular law in Nigeria and punishment has increased from six months under Sharia to 14 years. The author looks at the dangers of this new law, which seems at first like bait for women’s safety activists, fits a recent history of homophobia and criminalizing homosexuality in Nigeria.
Are we feeling too triumphant about positive progress in women’s political participation in Africa? Or are traditional and patriarchial values and a backlash against women’s rights that making it difficult for them to participate in leadership?This blog explores both arguments.
The phrase ‘women’s work’ has different meanings depending on culture and society, however recent data shows that regardless of what one thinks a woman’s work is, it is almost always undervalued and underpaid. As one Guardian article noted, we live in a world that refuses either to measure the work that women do, or formally acknowledge it as economic activity.
Over the last two months, I have been talking with gender activists in a variety of industries in Nigeria. When asked about the solutions to persistent issues of gender inequality, they usually point to education.