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TANZANIA: Women Out to Beat Men in Coming Elections
Thursday, 07 May 2015

Source: Tanzania Daily News
Little known young politician Fatma Omar Haji has ambition to become a president one day. "I know it isn't all that simple, but I am motivated. I believe I can, and we want playing ground levelled," says Haji.

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KENYA: Unsafe Abortions Continue To Plague Kenya
Thursday, 07 May 2015

Source: IPS News
Under Article 26 (4) of the Kenyan constitution, "abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law."

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KENYA: No End In Sight To Gender Rule Impasse
Thursday, 07 May 2015

Source: Capital FM
Confusion reigns over how to deal with the fast approaching deadline on implementation of the gender rule, as it emerged that the government is working on a counter proposal to one by a parliamentary committee.

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INTERNATIONAL: The Paradox of Empowerment
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source:Huffington Post
The empowerment concept gives life to the idea that a woman can be an agent of change in her own life, determining her own future. But defining empowerment is nearly impossible. The way we see others, and ourselves, is subjected to our own life experiences, perspectives, culture and values. It is also defined according to (societal) norms, market-based and political agendas. As a graduate student studying international gender and development and working in various global communities, I became keenly aware of the narrow vision (including my own) of what an "empowered" woman looks like.

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INTERNATIONAL: What 20 Years Has Taught Us: Empowering People to Be Changemakers
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source: Huffington Post

Without the shelter of trees, talons of wind rend the vulnerable farm fields of Salabwek, Kenya, stripping away precious topsoil. But one 16-year-old arborist is bringing back the trees.

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NIGERIA: Over 200 Women Rescued from Boko Haram are Pregnant
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source: News 24
At least 214 young women and girls recently rescued from Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria are pregnant, the UN Population Fund said on Monday.

Nigeria's army freed almost 7 000 women from various Boko Haram camps last week.

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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Falling Short in Gender Equality Standards
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source:Mail & Guardian
With less than a year left until the deadline for countries to reach the millennium development goals set by the United Nations, the majority of women in South Africa are not benefitting from gains made in terms of gender equality. This is in part caused by gender-based violence, according to the Commission for Gender Equality. 

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NIGERIA: Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation, Violence
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source: Premium Times 
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, passed Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which seeks to prohibit female circumcision or genital mutilation, forceful ejection from home and harmful widowhood practices.

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INTERNATIONAL: On International Day, UN Says More Midwife Training Will Help Tackle Maternity and Child Deaths
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source: UN News Centre 
Nearly 800 women continue to die every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations spotlighted as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for greater investment to increase the number of midwives and enhance the quality and reach of their services.

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KENYA: Women MPs Want Gender Bill Withdrawn
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Source: CapitalFM 
Kenya Women Parliamentarians (KEWOPA) now wants the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to withdraw the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) 2015 Bill proposing the progressive implementation of the two thirds gender rule.

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