Female Entrepreneurs, Successful in South Africa

It’s 4 a.m. and while her children sleep, Angel is already up baking scones and cake while simultaneously whipping up beef and chicken stews—all to be sold by her mother, 49-year-old entrepreneur Mbali Luvuno, who will open the family shop at 8 a.m. Located at a taxi stand in Vosloorus community, close to Johannesburg, South Africa, “Mbali’s Fast Food” catering and takeaway offers sweets, snacks and home-cooked lunch meals to drivers and commuters alike. Without understanding how to price … [Read more...]

Theresa Kachindamoto, Female Chief in Malawi Takes Action!

African female chief breaks up 850 child marriages and pays for the kids to go back to school Senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, Theresa Kachindamoto, governs over about 900,000 people and has been avidly using her power to bring young women into a modern age of equality and enlightenment. Over the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent many hundreds of young women back to school and focused heavily on abolishing what are known as … [Read more...]

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

At 8 years of age, Sadatu Reeves came across photographs of women police officers in a magazine her father brought home from abroad. The empowered images sparked a deep-seated desire to don her own uniform. She pursued a university degree in criminal justice, graduating in 2004, just after Liberia’s 1989-2003 Civil War. Her family opposed her idea of becoming a police officer, citing low salaries and public mistrust, bred by the violence and rape carried out by some police during the Civil … [Read more...]

Phionah Musumba – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™   is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, one that is taking every resource available to her for the further empowerment of girls with education and women with skills for enterprise development. This woman is so devoted to her cause that she left Kenya alone, leaving three children of her own behind to seek assistance in developing an education centre for the children of her community. Her dream is to buy a 50 acre piece of land on which to … [Read more...]

PTSD, The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa

Slowly changing, but unmoving: The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa A Stop FGM – Female Genital Mutilation sign in Bakau New Town, Gambia gives a phone number to reach for those women who want talk with someone about FGM. Image: Nichol Brummer/Flickr London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Rainy season in upcountry rural Gambia, is green. It is a warm, inviting blend of a thousand greens; a mixture of beautiful, calm, peaceful mingling greens. As I look around and soak in the reality … [Read more...]

Julienne Lusenge – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, film maker for social justice for all women, with a focus on the human rights for Women in the DRC - Democratic Republic of Congo.       WOMAN of ACTION™       Julienne Lusenge President of Solidarité féminine pour la paix et le développement integral (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As President, she … [Read more...]

Bogaletch Gebre – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse woman leader, Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM)..   WOMAN of ACTION™           Bogaletch Gebre     Bogaletch Gebre, Founder and Executive Director of KMG Ethiopia wins the 2012-2013 King Baudouin African Development prize. She was awarded the King Baudouin … [Read more...]

Veneranda Nyirahirwa – Rwanda’s Women Lead

20th Anniversary of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Lead Rwanda’s Member of Parliament Veneranda Nyirahirwa says women in Rwanda have fought for political representation. In the Lower House of Parliament women occupy 64 percent or 51 out of 80 seats. Credit: Fabíola Ortiz/IPS KIGALI, Apr 2014 (IPS) - When Rwandan Member of Parliament Veneranda Nyirahirwa was just a girl, she wasn’t allowed to attend secondary school because of her ethnicity. It was only in the wake of the country’s … [Read more...]

Kakenya Ntaiya – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this spiritual driven woman, one that has devoted her life to bettering the lives of girls by providing them with the education they need to achieve a self-sustainable lifestlye, specializing on the Maasai community.        WOMAN of ACTION™ Kakenya Ntaiya Founder of Kakenya Center for Excellence       Life for Kakenya Ntaiya was supposed to follow the traditional path. … [Read more...]

Somalia: Don’t Jail Women for Getting Raped

Somalia's treatment of rape is unacceptable and must be changed. Sign the petition and urge the Somali government to pursue true justice-no matter who the accusers or the accused are. Target: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Goal: Stop the imprisonment of rape survivors and the journalists who report their stories in Somalia Rape is a touchy subject all over the world, and rape victims are unfortunately often subject to suspicion, skepticism, and blame. Somalia, however, has … [Read more...]

NEW City of Joy Website Launches!

V-Day is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Joy website! "The opening of the City of Joy is the moment where women of the Congo turn their pain to power. Where they who have suffered so deeply, so invisibly will claim their rights, their bodies and their future. It will be a huge privilege and honor to be present at this momentous occasion," stated Eve Ensler, playwright and V-Day Founder. A revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, … [Read more...]

London conference against child marriage – Nov 23 (UK)

Nigerian Women organize November London conference against child marriage NIGERIAN women in the UK have convened a special conference to debate the debilitating effects of child marriage among African children in response to recent moves by the Senate to approve underage wedlock. In July, the Nigerian senate approved a bill that would recognise child brides as adults and which would legalise marriages to minors. There has been an national and international outrage at the development with … [Read more...]

AGOA: Building on Today and Looking Forward Beyond 2015

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: An Empirical Analysis of the Possibilities Post-2015   AGOA: Building on Today and Looking Forward Beyond 2015 – A Conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman On August 5, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings hosted U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for a conversation about the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Signed into law in May 2000, AGOA offers African countries that open their economies … [Read more...]

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