How to change rape culture in Côte d’Ivoire

In August this year, Yves de M’Bella, a media personality in Côte d’Ivoire, brought a male guest, Kader Traoré, onto his prime-time...

Reflections on Feminist Social Movements and Political Consciousness in Malawi

 In this blog, Dr Simukai Chigudu analyses the emergence of women who are mobilising around their experience of HIV/AIDs, not just to campaign for...

IWD 2021: Can Ghana’s government deliver gender equality without a majority?

Hung parliaments, coalitions, and deadlock between legislature and executive, are familiar problems in several constitutional democracies around the world. But in Ghana’s...

INTERVIEW: Joyce Banda and The Inspirational Effect of a Female President

Malawi’s first female President, Joyce Banda, came to power under peculiar circumstances. She was never elected as president, but as the country’s...

Patterns of Genocidal Rape in South Sudan

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013. Multiple peace agreements have been signed between Juba and the rebels since, and...

International Women’s Day: What is happening with Affirmative Action in Ghana?

International Women’s Day 2020 is upon us, and the African Union Gender Champion, Nana Akufo-Addo, is under increasing pressure to bring an Affirmative Action...

The Role of Education in Women’s Political Participation in Kenya

Governments, researchers and stakeholders have often recognized education as the single most potent instrument for the emancipation of marginalised groups and for...

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: revolutionary who kept the spirit of resistance alive

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, one of the most prominent women in the struggle against apartheid and colonialism in Africa died at the age of 81. In...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

The gender gap in Kenya – taking stock and moving forward

In his column for the Daily Nation our co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, argues that Kenya needs to improve its performance on gender issues. Whilst it is...