The International Day Of The Girl is an observance day declared by the United Nations to support more opportunity for Girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by Girls worldwide based upon their gender.
The Day of Girls falls on 11th October and helps raise awareness not only of the issues that Girls face, but also what is likely to happen when those problems are solved. For example, educating Girls helps reduce the rate of child marriage, disease and helps strengthen the economy by helping Girls have access to higher paying jobs.
The Southern Africa Trust has announced the appointment of Ms. Masego Madzwamuse as its new CEO.
Ms. Masego Madzwamuse holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Rhodes University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Botswana.
The Rwandan High Court has granted provisional release from prison, to Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Rwigara a year after their detention while awaiting trial.
Rwigara, 37, a fierce government critic and former presidential aspirant in Rwanda’s last election, was arrested along with her mother Adeline Rwigara in September 2017 after her campaign to contest the presidential elections as the only female candidate against long time leader Paul Kagame.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes.
Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions.
On March 31, 2017 Dr. Stella Nyanzi was indefinitely suspended from Makerere University for allegedly attacking the First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni on Facebook over her ‘incompetence to run the ministry of education.’
She however, appealed the decision before the Makerere staff appeals tribunal which is established under Section 56 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, through which aggrieved members of staff get the right to a fair hearing and appropriate re-dress, without hindrances from the university system.
Girls Coding Academy is a startup in Lesotho founded by 7 young women who are in the Computer Science field and on a mission to reduce the gender gap by engaging and encouraging young women and girls to participate and take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths or STEM fields.
Maneo Mapharisa, Mamolapi Serutla, Matseliso Moruthane, Palesa Libe, Nkentso Ledimo, Tsoanelo Ramorakane and Palesa Mosehle started the academy to bridge the huge gender gap in the tech sector.
The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa has announced the 2017 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership, Empowerment and Development) Fellows. This new cohort of MILEAD Fellows represents Africa’s most promising young women leaders, who possess the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.
Zambia’s Sithembile Ncube, is a community leader passionate about STEAM education and promoting the use of creative technology within Africa. Through two organizations that she co-founded, namely MakerHut and Ubongo Game Lab, she is currently implementing a makerspace program for youth in Zambia as well as an annual all-female game development bootcamp. She is also a member of the Asikana Network, a women in technology support organization in Zambia. She is a Computer Science student at the Nelson Mandela University.