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Editorial: Building a better world for women

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population—but in spite of the progress that has been made in bettering their lives, the road ahead remains long.

In Senegal, girls are breaking the rules to get in the game.

For the time being, Ndir Seck remains optimistic that both Ladies’ Turn and it's girls will go from strength to strength.

The WISE Women of Nigeria Sparking Change

In rural Nigeria, cooking can kill you. According to the World Health Organisation, preparing three meals a day on a traditional wood-burning stove is the equivalent of smoking 20 packs of cigarettes. Little wonder then that each year, some 98,000 women die from the resulting respiratory and cardiac problems.

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Infographics

Highlighting female entrepreneurs

33-year-old Emilie Hawlena wants to create synergies between women who share an entrepreneurial spirit, to help them break into the complex, exciting and sometimes hostile arena that is starting one’s own business.

Planting the seeds for a brighter future

Wafts of fresh mint pass through the sticky air, the ground is littered with cut-off bottles from which other aromatic herbs peek out, zigzagging tables laden with plant pots lead up to a building covered in hanging containers—all sprouting luscious greenness. This building is Centre d’écoute et d’encadrement pour le développement durable (Centre for Support and Training in Sustainable Development), more commonly known as Ceedd. The centre, founded in 2005 in the city of Thies, seventy kilometres east of the capital Dakar, provides microcredit and training in micro gardening to women from deprived urban settlements.

November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017

How A Nigerian State Turns the Page for Trafficked Women

Edo, one of Nigeria’s 36 states, has practically become synonymous with sex trafficking. Last August, Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki said he had had enough. He announced that the appointment of a high-level task force to find solutions to this scourge.

November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017

Female Genital Mutilation

The practice of excision is on the decline in Senegal, thanks to the mobilisation of victims and NGOs In Senegal, the law that penalises excision doesn’t hold the weight it could hold, as local customs continue to exert a strong influence.

November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017

Against the odds, Bangladesh puts mothers at the forefront of medical practice

Ruby Akthar can still remember the agony of her first labour. Nestled away in one of Bangladesh’s many urban slums—aged just 20—a frightened Akthar attempted to deliver her first baby at home without ...

November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017

Sexy Lingerie for Breast Cancer Survivors

The model in the poster is gorgeous, and so is her lingerie. Nothing would give away the fact that the bra was made to measure for a woman who had been operated on to treat breast cancer.

November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017

Editorial: Building a better world for women

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population—but in spite of the progress that has been made in bettering their lives, the road ahead remains long.

November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017

Women in innovation: There is still room for progress…

At the end of August 2017, an article in the French economics and business magazine Capital hit like a bombshell. This special edition, dedicated to French start-ups, didn’t go unnoticed. Not a single female was among the line-up of highly promising entrepreneurs; those with the potential to make it among the heavyweights at international level. Social media had a field day with the story, creating a buzz that was spurred on by feminist associations, amongst a chorus of angry jeers.

November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017

Infographics

Infographics

November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017

Nebeday enables Senegalese women from rural areas to obtain new forms of income

Nebeday enables Senegalese women from rural areas to obtain new forms of income

November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017

Valuing women’s work and activism

Women work hard. All day long, they are busy caring for others, creating new knowledge and ideas, solving problems, building our world, and contributing to our economies and societies in endless ways.

November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017

Highlighting female entrepreneurs

33-year-old Emilie Hawlena wants to create synergies between women who share an entrepreneurial spirit, to help them break into the complex, exciting and sometimes hostile arena that is starting one’s own business.