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Lourena Gboeah in front of her home
Humanitarian Aid

Being a Black woman in the US

Reflections of a refugee and advocate
Major Monira Mahjabeen Mowri, from Bangladesh, serving in South Sudan
Women in Peacekeeping

“Once a peacekeeper, always a peacekeeper”

— Major Monira Mowri, from Bangladesh, serving in South Sudan
Captain Tanvi Shukla from India, serving in the DR Congo
Women in Peacekeeping

"Be the change you want to see"

— Captain Tanvi Shukla from India, serving in the DRC
Roseline Stephen Agwai, from Nigeria, serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Women in Peacekeeping

“Female peacekeepers inspire women and girls”

— Major Roseline Stephen Agwai, from Nigeria, serving in the DRC
-Lieutenant Colonel Martha Masango, serving in the DR Congo
Women in Peacekeeping

"As a female peacekeeper, it is easy to connect with people"

— Lt Col Martha Masango from South Africa, serving in the DRC
Lieutenant-Colonel Doamba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso, serving in DR Congo
Women in Peacekeeping

‘Women peacekeepers make it easier to interact with communities’

-Lieutenant-Colonel Doamba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso, serving in DR Congo
Major Nargis Parvin from Bangladesh, serving in the DR Congo
Women in Peacekeeping

“Peacekeeping is challenging but exciting too”

-Major Nargis Parvin from Bangladesh, serving in the DR Congo
Jackline Urujeni from Rwanda, serving in South Sudan
Women in Peacekeeping

‘Women are effective in building peace and unity’

— Jackline Urujeni from Rwanda, serving in South Sudan
-Sandra Amissah from Ghana, serving in Darfur
Women in Peacekeeping

Female peacekeepers are role models

-Sandra Amissah from Ghana, serving in Darfur
Mrs. Belay with her husband, Priest Leul Hunegnaw, in front of their barn. She says contraception has had a liberating effect.
Participants at the African Women Leaders Network held in New York in June, 2017. Photo: Africa Renewal/Ihuoma Atanga
Women in the Lougba group, Benin, making soy biscuits. Photo: ANAF Benin
Traditional ceremonies are an opportunity to reach young people with life-saving information. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick
Three of the 39 women elected to Rwanda's legislature in September 2003. From left: Constance Rwaka, Solange Tuyisenge and Athanasie Gahondogo.
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Women break into African politics

Quota systems allow more women to gain elected office
Web Feature

Mothers’ health is improving across Africa

But far too many are still dying from childbirth complications
Web Feature

‘Take away the guns,’ women tell UN envoy

Reforms needed to stop war-time sex crimes, says Zainab Bangura
Economic empowerment

Tapping women’s entrepreneurship in Ghana

Access to credit, technology vital for breaking into manufacturing
Economic empowerment

Does financing benefit African women?

New initiatives to track the gender impact of development funds
Improving health

Gender violence hampers AIDS fight

Activists in Zambia counter a deadly link
Improving health

Investing in the health of Africa’s mothers

Lacking care, too many women do not survive childbirth
Combating violence

Security reform key to protecting women

Training, recruitment and prosecutions can reduce violence
Combating violence

Taking on violence against women in Africa

International norms and local activism start to alter laws, attitudes
Political Empowerment

North African women on the barricades

Activists press for freedom, dignity and rights
Political Empowerment

Three women laureates

Wangari Maathai, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee
Political Empowerment

African women are ready to lead

But social beliefs and attitudes hinder their quest
Equality

NEPAD embraces women’s rights

After slow start, continental initiative advances gender equity
Equality

Battling for equality on all fronts

Some progress since Beijing, but hurdles persist
Equality

African women’s long walk to freedom

Some gains, but an uphill climb still looms
Equality

‘Renewed energy for women’s empowerment’

Interview with head of UN Women in Southern Africa
Cover Story

African women: asserting their rights

Introduction to the Special Edition on Women
Improving health

In Africa, AIDS often has a woman’s face

Knowledge, power and resources needed to combat the scourge
and Aissata Haidara  and 
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Malian women create beauty — and profit

Hand-dyed fabrics win praises, capture markets
and Aissata Haidara  and 
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Malian women create beauty — and profit

Hand-dyed fabrics win praises, capture markets
NEPAD at 10

NEPAD on the ground

Concrete action in five key areas
and Oliver Schwank  and 
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Microfinance: What role in Africa's development?

Time to reassess the limits and strengths of small-scale lending
and Oliver Schwank  and 
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Microfinance: What role in Africa's development?

Time to reassess the limits and strengths of small-scale lending
Cover Story

North African women on the barricades

Activists press for freedom, dignity and rights
Africa at 50

African women’s long walk to equality

Some gains, but an uphill climb still looms
Also

To save the lives of mothers, infants

Commitment, money and innovation can reduce high mortality rates
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Women in North Africa secure more rights

Despite hurdles, notable legal, political and social progress
Also

Enlisting men for women’s equality

South African initiatives against sexual violence, gender i
Cover Story

Women struggle to secure land rights

Hard fight for access and decision-making power
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Women push onto Africa’s agenda

NEPAD responds to advocates for women’s rights
Also

Taking on violence against women in Africa

International norms, local activism start to alter laws, attitudes
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Congolese women confront legacy of rape

War and sexual violence leave survivors in desperate need
NEPAD in action

Woman storekeeper boosts Malawi farming

NEPAD seeks to bring fertilizer nearer to villagers
Cover Story

African women are ready to lead

But social beliefs and attitudes hinder their quest
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Rwandan women: AIDS therapy beyond drugs

Food and hope are also essential to survival
Also

Tapping women’s entrepreneurship in Ghana

Access to credit, technology vital for breaking into manufacturing
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Women: Africa's ignored combatants

Gradual progress towards a greater role in DDR
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African women battle for equality

Some progress 10 years after Beijing, but major challenges remain
Health Campaign