Posts tagged "africa"
UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a "Wake-Up Call" on Ebola Crisis

UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a “Wake-Up Call” on Ebola Crisis

"This should be a wake-up call for the international community. It’s the worst Ebola epidemic we’ve seen in history."
More Investment in Women's Health Needed as Africa's Population Rises

More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises

Africa's population could reach four billion by 2100. As the population grows, more investment in maternal health and family planning resources will be needed to ensure women's health.
Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal

Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal

Provisions of the law include possible imprisonment of HIV-positive individuals, a ten-year prison sentence and fine for the "intentional transmission of HIV," a five-year prison sentence for "attempted transmission of HIV," and compulsory testing in some situations.
In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue

In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue

Although the death toll from the virus itself is astounding, many people - including pregnant mothers - are also dying as hospitals and clinics shut their doors.
US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women

US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women

After three days of unprecedented meetings between the US and leaders from nearly 50 African countries, the US Africa Leaders Summit ended Wednesday. In addition to public and private commitments of up to $33 billion for trade and investment, the United States called on leaders of the African continent to make a considerable investment in advancing the status of...
African Union Launches First Campaign to End Child Marriage

African Union Launches First Campaign to End Child Marriage

The African Union launched its first campaign to curb child marriage in Africa last week, in cooperation with African governments, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development, and several civil society organizations.
UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

"National ownership, leadership and responsibility are absolutely essential if we are to protect women and girls, but also men and boys, from these barbaric crimes."
UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa

UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa

The $200 million Sahel Women's Empowerment and Demographics Project will be added to the World Bank's existing $150 million contribution over the next two years.
Kenyan High Court Demands Police Investigate Rape Cases

Kenyan High Court Demands Police Investigate Rape Cases

In a landmark victory, the High Court in Meru, Kenya ruled Monday that local police had failed to properly investigate hundreds of rape cases over the past several years.

Abortion Rates Rise in Africa with Global Gag Rule Enforcement

A study conducted by Stanford researchers, Eran Bendavid and Grant Miller, revealed that when the Global Gag Rule was in effect, rates of abortion increased in Africa.

Africa’s First Woman Nobel Prize Winner Dies

Africa’s first woman Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, died at age 71 of cancer on Sunday. In 2004, Maathi was awarded the Nobel Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.” She stated in her acceptance speech, “My fellow Africans, as we embrace this recognition, let us use it to intensify our...