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New UN General Assembly President to focus on gender equality, youth empowerment

The President of the 76th session of UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, says he will focus on gender equality, youth empowerment, climate change and equitable access to vaccines in his one year presidency. President of the 76th session of UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid The 76th session of General Assembly opened on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 with the inauguration of ...

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Taming population explosion via access to safe family planning methods

Nigeria Population

The World Population Day marked on every July 11 aims at increasing awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population Observers note that the theme of the current edition of the observance “Rights and ...

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Gates Foundation commits $2.1bn to advance gender equality

Bill and Melinda Gates

As part of the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 announced a commitment of $2.1 billion over the next five years to advance women’s economic empowerment, strengthen women and girls’ health and family planning, and accelerate women’s leadership. Bill ...

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: New definition to galvanise action to advance gender equality

Evelyn Mere

WaterAid has joined a team of experts from around the world to establish a definition of menstrual health that comprehensively addresses the needs of people who menstruate to advance gender equality and global health. Evelyn Mere, WaterAid Nigeria Country Director Despite increased global attention on period poverty, up until now there has been no universal agreement on the definition of ...

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AfDB, partners agree to strengthen commitment to gender equality

Vanessa Moungar

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and partners have agreed to strengthen their commitment to gender equality. AfDB Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society, Vanessa Moungar The agreement is on the theme: “Development Banks as Actors for Change towards Gender Equality.” AfDB Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society, Vanessa Moungar, joined high-level representatives from global financial institutions and UN ...

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AGRA moves to address gender inequality challenges in agriculture

Agnes Kalibata

At a webinar held on October 22, 2020 at the instance of the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA), the organisation sought to enhance partnership in addressing gender inequality challenges in the agricultural space. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA The Roundtable, which held to coincide with the administrative handover of the VALUE4HERConnect platform, was aimed to communicate AGRA’s blueprint ...

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How COVID-19 is affecting progress on gender equality


On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the UN General Assembly held a virtual multi-stakeholder hearing titled, “Accelerating the Realisation of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls.” A panel titled “Women’s and girls’ voices, participation and leadership” involved advocates for women’s and girls’ empowerment who discussed the need for women in leadership positions. Coronavirus Founder and CEO of ...

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German cabinet passes first ever gender equality strategy

Angela Merkel

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 approved a strategy aimed at boosting efforts to achieve equality between men and women in all future legislation and government-funded programmes. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor The agreement is the first time the German government has committed to a cross-departmental strategy for improving gender equality, a topic previously left to the Women’s Ministry. In ...

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Amid COVID-19, group mobilises young leaders to build gender-equal future

Women Deliver

In claiming lives and wreaking economic havoc throughout Africa, COVID-19 is placing an especially heavy burden on girls and women, primarily because their prominent role as caregivers (both in the workforce and at home) puts them on the frontlines of the pandemic response but also because they are more vulnerable to income and job loss as well as to domestic violence. ...

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Makoko fisherwomen seek gender equality


Makoko community is a slum neighbourhood on the mainland of Lagos State in Nigeria, where women eke out a living from fishing. The community was established in the 18th century as primarily a fishing community. According to the 2006 census data, the population of Makoko is estimated at 85,840 comprising Nigerians from diverse ethnicities and religions. Makoko community has more ...

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