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World Bank President Robert Zoellick has said the world economy cannot meet its full growth potential, if it fails to advance the prospects of women.
He said empowering women is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also "smart economics".
The children’s charity, Plan International says girls around the world face “double discrimination,” in a new report released on Thursday.According to the report titled, Because I am a girl, research shows that girls are more likely to suffer from malnutrition, forced into early marriage, be subject to violence and trafficked as well as forced into the sex trade or get infected with HIV.
Whenever Guinea Bissau is mentioned in the media, especially the Western media, it is almost always for the wrong reasons.
From repeated coup attempts to high level political assassinations and poverty to drugs, the tiny West African country was always portrayed as a top example of a failed state.
When Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf emerged as Liberia’s president in 2005, most of the credit was given to the Liberian women who stood by her all the way.
Hundreds of West Africa’s female leaders, gender activists and officials have begun a 3-day meeting in the Ghanaian capital to mobilize action for regional development through gender equality.
Women rights groups, gender activists and stakeholders from across West Africa on Monday gathered in the Ghanaian capital, Accra to discuss and push the effective link between women leaders, youth and the media in the ECOWAS sub-region.
Women in Senegal are being mobilized to become actively involved in efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the protracted armed conflict in the southern region of Casamance.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has described as “illogical and unfortunate”, assertions made by the country’s attorney general on homosexual acts, while a government official has urged the country to reject donors “rotten wealth” if it promotes the practice.
There is some ruffling of feathers in the corridors of Senegal’s politics, as the electoral authorities increase the financial requirement for registration of potential presidential candidates in next year’s election.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has pledged to assist the Ivorian government and civil society organizations in Ivory Coast to tackle challenges in social justice, human rights and democracy.