Source: International Rescue Committee (IRC) |

A new study by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and partners reveals women and children are bearing the brunt of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The study by IRC, the Ecole Regionale de Santé Publique of the Université Catholique de Bukavu (ERSP-UCB), and partners reveals attacks against healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) impact women and children the most

DRC suffered 159 documented attacks against healthcare facilities in 2022. In the case study areas, healthcare facilities cease operations for up to 4 weeks following an attack; Women avoid seeking antenatal and postnatal care in attacked health centers, risking maternal and infant lives; Shortages of medicines and parental fear endanger malnourished children; Local…

Source: Parliament of the Republic of Uganda |

Uganda: Parliament Passes Bills for Rationalisation of Gender and Special Interest Groups

Parliament also rationalised the National Children's Authority and mainstreamed its functions into the ministry responsible for children affairs, which is the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development.

Parliament passed five key bills, moving gender and special interest entities to the National Secretariat for Special Interest Groups under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. In a plenary session held on Friday, 19 April, 2024 chaired by Speaker Anita Among, the National Youth Council, National Women's Council,…

Source: UN News |

War in Sudan is ‘a crisis of epic proportions’ as atrocities abound

The year-long ongoing war in Sudan is “a crisis of epic proportions”, and the world must rethink the way it supports the Sudanese people amid rampant atrocities against civilians and no end in sight, top UN and African Union officials warned the Security Council on Friday

The Sudanese people have endured “unbearable suffering” since the conflict started just over a year ago when an outbreak of fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) “brutally interrupted the political transition”, Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said. “This is…

Source: UN Women - Africa |

Women with disabilities in Tanzania lead the way towards greater local government representation

This collective of women with disabilities crafts and sells traditional artifacts and meets regularly to devise strategies for growing their businesses and enhancing the representation of women with disabilities

In the Arusha region of Northeast Tanzania, a group of women with disabilities is spearheading efforts to ensure their voices are heard in local decision-making. For nearly a year, Paulina Sarwath has chaired the Igo group in the Karatu ward, supported by UN Women. This collective of women with disabilities…

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Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and GE HealthCare bring Advanced Mammography Technology to Tanzania to Improve Access and help Address Breast Cancer Mortality Rate

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, affecting both developed and developing countries

Radiologists at Muhimbili National Hospital, part of the Muhimbili University of Health and Sciences and the largest public hospital in Tanzania, will receive the latest mammography technology and advanced imaging training to help clinicians improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the country; the project aims to help lower…

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African Development Bank projects improve job opportunities for young people in Cameroon

The meeting saw significant participation from female entrepreneurs and young graduates who have benefited from work placements in projects financed by the Bank

The African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org) has underscored the success of its program aimed at bolstering job opportunities for young people in Cameroon. At a meeting convened in Yaoundé on April 9, 2024, chaired by Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, the Bank Group’s Vice-President for Regional Development, Integration, and Business Delivery, stakeholders across…

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Merck Foundation marks ‘World Art Day’ through their best Film, Song and Fashion Awards 2024 in partnership with Africa’s First Ladies to raise awareness about social & health issues

Merck Foundation in partnership with Africa’s First Ladies, announces annually 8 important Awards, under two themes, for Media, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers and Musicians/ Singers, and potential young African talents in these fields

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks “World Art Day 2024” through their pan African Community of “Art and Fashion with Purpose”, established by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to raise awareness about sensitive health and social issues in Africa and beyond. Senator,…

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United Nations (UN) Webinar: Involve Libyan women in decision making to ensure equal access to economic opportunity

Women in Libya are paid nearly three times less than their male peers and account for only 12 percent of property owners

More women must be included in economic decision making in Libya to accelerate economic progress and women's empowerment.  This was the conclusion of a panel discussion the United Nations Support Mission in Libya organized to mark this year’s International Women’s Day. Twenty women from the civil society sector participated in…

Source: Amnesty International |

Nigeria: Decade after Boko Haram attack on Chibok, 82 girls still in captivity

Investigations by Amnesty International reveal that the state of education in Chibok and its surrounding communities, is still being impacted by the 2014 abductions

Over 1,700 children abducted by gunmen since 2014; 17 mass school abductions recorded in six years; 20 released Chibok girls forced to marry former Boko Haram fighters.  The Nigerian authorities must ramp up efforts to ensure the safe release and return of the remaining 82 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram…

Source: UN Women - Africa |

A year of suffering for Sudanese women and girls

53 per cent of internally displaced are women and girls, and there is a growing risk that the violence will soon create the world’s largest hunger crisis

Sudan’s current conflict, which marks its one year point this week, is having a devastating impact on the people of Sudan, particularly women and girls. The conflict has reversed the gains made toward democracy and stability, leaving the country in suffering and insecurity, while facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. UN…