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Africa Renewal: March 2021


Goal of the Month | March 2021: Gender Equality

“A crisis with a woman’s face”

— United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres.
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa

Turning the tide for women and girls caught in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado crisis

The resource-rich land of Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique has developed one of the continent’s most complex and layered crises.
An image of Margaret Chepoteltel of Amudat District.

'My daughters will never undergo FGM'

— Survivors are leading the push to end female genital mutilation



Amanda Serumaga, UNDP’s Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles

COVID-19, oil spill in Mauritius highlight the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States

— Amanda Serumaga, UNDP’s Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles.
An image of Wangari Maathai

‘The legacy of Wangari Maathai continues’

— says daughter Wanjira Mathai on Wangari Maathai Day and Africa Environment Day.
An image of Bimsen Beeharry.

Mauritius: A fisherman’s life amid COVID-19 and an oil-polluted ocean

“From where we live, we could see that the MV Wakashio had run aground on the reefs,” says Bimsen Beeharry.


An image of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

What Africa expects of the new WTO Chief Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

As Dr. Okonjo-Iweala takes office Africa seeks equitable COVID-19 vaccine access, support for free trade area, better market access and breaking of longstanding deadlocks.


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (right) at the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

History made as Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala picked to head WTO

The Nigerian former minister is the first woman and first African to hold this position

Women’s empowerment

Motorcycle taxis at Lunzu town in Malawi. A good number of them are owned by women.

Malawi women motorcycle taxi owners pulling strings from behind the scenes

Elbowed out of driving the motorcycle taxis, women own the business instead.

Climate Change

An image of Lake Naivasha in southern-central Kenya.

Making peace with nature is possible, if we start now

Despite a dip in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the pandemic, the world is still headed for global warming of more than 3°C this century.


Economic Development

Under Secretary General Cristina Duarte, Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary-General

Post-COVID-19: A chance to leapfrog Africa’s development through digitalization

For the continent’s recovery from the pandemic, harnessing innovation is crucial.
Health Campaign