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Giving a voice to marginalised women in Tanzania – animated video

Giving a voice to marginalised women in Tanzania – animated video | African News | Scoop.it
A young Tanzanian woman tells of how she was lured away from her village by the promise of work in Dar es Salaam only to be sold into sexual slavery. She talks about her ordeal and recounts how she has since received help from a support group formed to give a unified voice to Tanzanian women
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International Development News | A Maasai woman, pushing for change

International Development News | A Maasai woman, pushing for change | African News | Scoop.it

There is room for change even in a culture you respect, says Maanda Ngoitiko, a leader who has challenged the status quo of what it means to be female in a pastoralist Maasai society.

 

Ngoitiko grew up in the traditional, male-dominated pastoralist community of Soit Sambu village in northern Tanzania, helping with the needs of her family and their cattle. To escape forced marriage and in hopes of continuing her education, a 15-year-old Ngoitiko ran away from home. After finishing secondary school in Dar es Salaam with the help of a pastoralist community group, she received sponsorship from the Irish embassy to further her education in Europe.

 

Ngoitiko then returned to northern Tanzania to work for a Maasai community organization, but she realized there was an urgent need for an organization led and managed by Maasai women, dedicated solely to addressing their strategic and practical needs

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Give girls and women the tools and they will make the needed changes happen.

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Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya

Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya | African News | Scoop.it
In one of Kenya's poorest slums a health center is sending life-saving advice to pregnant women.
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KCE Everyday Life

KCE Everyday Life | African News | Scoop.it
Photo by Megan Orr, 2012 Peace Fellow at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, Kenya
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I've starred this for the top because the girl's smile represents everything that is good about Kenya, and about Africa as a whole.

There is so much amazing human potential in the continent.

Watch Kakenya Ntaiya's phenomenal talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school.html

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Tanzanian women hope for a stronger voice in new constitution

Tanzanian women hope for a stronger voice in new constitution | African News | Scoop.it
Mary Rusimbi: After intensive lobbying by a coalition of women's rights groups, gender equality is climbing the agenda in Tanzania at a key time
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Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact - Inter Press Service

Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact - Inter Press Service | African News | Scoop.it

ENUGU, Ghana, Feb 28 2014 (IPS) - Dunwaa Soayare, 45, a smallholder farmer, widow and mother of five had the sort of economic profile that meant she was denied access to credit from Ghana’s mainstream banking institutions.

 

She had no collateral, no bank account and found it impossible to provide three meals a day for her children, let alone ensure that they stayed in school.

 

But after joining the Asong-taaba Women’s Group, a cooperative in Denugu, Upper East Region, northern Ghana, her life has changed dramatically. Not only has she been able to provide for her family by moving them from their mud hut into the brick house she built, she’s also been able to provide tertiary education for children and has seen two of them qualify as teachers. 

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A good story! As has been said so many times before, people don't need  hand-out, they need a hand up.

 

Dramatic differences can be made to the lives of individuals and their families by what we in the pampered 'developed' world would consider pocket change.

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Congolese surgeon awarded civil courage prize

Congolese surgeon awarded civil courage prize | African News | Scoop.it
Denis Mukwege received prize for his work treating tens of thousands of women who were gang raped in war-torn Congo.

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A good story coming out of an awful one.

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