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#BreakTheBias: Making Women’s Voices Matter in the Media

By Kemisola Agbaoye and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) Conquering gender bias is no easy feat as it is steeped in cultural and societal constructs that are difficult to break. In African society, social norms and gender stereotypes favour boys over girls in many aspects of their lives, further widening gender disparities and hampering social and […]

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16 Days of Activism: Addressing the Pandemic of Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls

By Beti Baiye and Uche Nwagboso (Lead Writers) A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) focused on the largest study of the prevalence of violence against women. The report was on behalf of a special working group of the United Nations, and it revealed that across their lifetime, one in three women are subjected […]

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Gender Equality for Sustainable Development and Quality Women’s Health - Resolutions from the 2021 Future of Health Conference

By Dara Ajala-Damisa and Bunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writers) Gender equality does not mean that women and men are the same, it means that their rights, responsibilities, and opportunities do not depend on whether they are born female or male. — Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) The […]

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Gender Inequality: A Mind Shift could Improve Maternal Care

Ifeyinwa Yusuf (Lead Writer) Growing up I dreamt of being a renowned obstetrician or surgeon like Ben Carson. After reading his book, Gifted Hands, I was pumped-up with zeal, so, using my monthly student allowance, I bought as many medical books as I could afford. I imagined what it would be like to live in […]

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Lessons from Oleju: Improving Equality & Efficiency in Achieving Health for All

Gender inequality constitutes a major barrier to realising equitable access to health-care services. Promoting gender equality is a major component in promoting the right to health for all people. For Sandra Ogholi, Executive Director of the Rural Development and Reformation Foundation (RUDERF), this is the motivator behind the OLEJU project implemented by RUDERF. “I realised, […]

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My Body, My Choice: Promoting Bodily Autonomy and Gender Equality in Nigeria

Zainab was only 11 years old when she became the fourth wife of a 42-year-old cobbler in her community. She is from Marki, a village in Northern Nigeria where girls are married off at the age of 12 to preserve their purity. Her parents did not consider educating a girl child a worthy venture. Therefore, […]