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Small steps or high hopes? Will a few high profile African women change the reality for millions of others?

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Joyce Banda. Photo by Chatham House, London

The World Economic Forum today published the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. The report quantifies what most of us already anecdotally know: that in most parts of the world, it sucks to be a woman.

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Written by Eliza

November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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Day in the media: BBC’s Pandagate

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Another day, another Twitterstorm.

Today, the BBC started #pandagate with its female Faces of the year 2011 list, that names a woman who made the headlines for every month of the year, topping it off, in December with…wait for it…a panda.

The list is a motley crew of victims (American congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for being shot in head or Nafissatou Diallo who accused the IMF’s former head and serial womaniser, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of rape) or women whose crowning glory has been to be in some way associated with a wedding.

In a year like most of us have never seen where two African women won the Nobel Prize and countless others were involved in pro-democracy or pro-equality movements, the best the Beeb could find in November was a certain Corporal Kelsey de Santis, who made headlines for being taken to the Marin Corps ball in Virginia by Justin Timberlake. Big whoop. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eliza

December 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

photograph of the week – Female African entrepreneurship

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The infographic, by Afrographique,  depicts the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.

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November 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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Mobile phones in Africa – an interview with Chris Locke of the GSMA Development Fund

Chris Locke is the managing director of the development fund at the GSMA, an organisation that represents nearly 800 of the world’s mobile phone operators. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on Africa’s mobile phones market, the developmental benefits of mobile tech and what he sees as the greatest barrier to further growth. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eliza

October 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

Framing prejudice – African women in photography

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Helene Amouzou

In a small room in the basement level of the Royal Festival Hall, 50 or so people gather to listen to a talk on the exhibition we’re about to see: Reflections of the Self – five African women photographers.

The speaker and curator of the exhibition, Cameroonian Christine Eyene, introduces us to seven photographers who all explore the identity of  the African woman in art. No longer just the mother, voluptuous female and object of male desire, these artists are reclaiming their identities through a camera lens, all the time aware of the stereotypes applied to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eliza

April 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Witches. By virtue of being women

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In the 100 years since more than one million women took to the streets, honouring the first International Women’s Day and demanding the right to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination, so much has changed.

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Written by Eliza

March 10, 2011 at 9:00 am