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AFRICA: Seychelles: President Calls On Africa to Empower Women and to Put People At the Centre of Development
Friday, 19 June 2015

Source: allAfrica

Seychelles President James Michel has described the African Union (AU) summit and its theme for this year in Johannesburg, South Africa as an opportune time for all the Heads of State and Government to put in place specific programmes that will empower women across the African continent in all aspects of development as well as moving forward by putting people at the centre of development.

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NIGERIA: Girl-Child Education - How Far Has Nigeria Gone?
Friday, 19 June 2015

Source: allAfrica

Yabo Yakubu had a dream of becoming a nurse. She developed interest in the profession right from her childhood after seeing how her community accorded respect to a female nursing officer that used to attend to sick persons in her area.

Yabo told Daily Trust: "I always admire the nurse and said to myself that I will be a nurse when I grow up."

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SOUTH AFRICA: The Life or Death Reason this Nation Has to Talk About Sex. And Early.
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Source: PRI
Sex columnist Dorothy Black says the "Life Orientation" program taught in South African schools is the closest the country gets to sex ed. It also includes nutrition, physical education and career guidance, a telltale sign that sexual education is far from being a priority.

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AFRICA: African Campaigners Urge End to "Scandal" of Child Marriage in a Generation
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
It's a scandal that any family in a continent as rich as Africa, with its vast oil and mineral wealth, should be so poor they feel forced to sell their daughter, the African Union's (AU) goodwill ambassador on child marriage said.

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EGYPT: ‘I Saw Harassment’ Gets Positive Response from Male Citizens in Awareness Campaign
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Source: Daily News Egypt
“I Saw Harassment”, a non-governmental initiative countering sexual violence against women, led an awareness campaign Monday evening in one of Cairo’s dynamic districts in El-Korba, Heliopolis, by randomly addressing passers-by on the issue of sexual harassment.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Sisters Are Building Robots for Themselves
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Source: Daily Maverick
It's a rainy Youth Day in Cape Town, and on the top floor of a mid-town skyscraper, the youth are anything but idle. Around 20 young women are busily soldering, fiddling with circuits and clipping wires with pliers. In small groups, they are engaged in building Jiggy Bots: small robots that can be controlled in movement, light and sound.

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AFRICA: "Women will change Africa": Seychelles President Michel addresses 25th AU Summit in South Africa
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Source: Seychelles News Agency

The Seychelles President James Michel has stressed the importance of active participation of women towards achieving economic development in Africa.

Michel made the statement when addressing his African counterparts and other delegates gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Sunday for the 25th African Union summit.

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AFRICA: Liberian Leader Meets With Key Women Empowerment Actors In South Africa
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Source: GNN Liberia
Johannesburg, South Africa - Continuing with official activities in Johannesburg, South Africa ahead of the 25th African Union Summit, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met with some actors and stakeholders promoting women empowerment on the African continent.

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AFRICA: Let's Empower Women for Prosperity
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Source: allAfrica
President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed his government's commitment to gender quality and women's empowerment.He said the government's affirmative agenda is premised on the genuine conviction that empowering women are key to the development of the nation. President Kenyatta said measures have been instituted to ensure women's equal access and full participation in power structures and decision-making.

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AFRICA: Civil Society Dialogue Heeds Strong Commitment to Ending Child Marriage in Africa
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Source: UN Women
Linda, from Malawi, was married at the age of 12 and had a child at the age of 13. "I now have a child but I still need an education," she said, asking governments to provide schooling and education opportunities to girls in the same situation. She spoke at the Civil Society Consultative Dialogue on Ending

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