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Together for peace

Talking about ‘women power’, often, means making reference not just to single individuals. ‘Efforts to resolve (Ö) conflicts and address their root causes will not succeed unless we empower all those who have suffered from them – including and especially women’, the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, wrote in 2002. ‘And only if women…

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Soft Power

The parameters used by Forbes are indeed subjective, and many other names could have been included. In the literary field, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s is among them; she authored three novels: Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, soon to become an Hollywood film, and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in March…

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Young and promising

Many African women hope to succeed in their political career: the US magazine Forbes has taken as an example Angellah Kariuki, the 37-year old deputy minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Tanzania. Her fast career is the reason why she was listed by the magazine among the 2013 ’20 young power women’ of the…

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Power in Africa, time for women

‘More power to women, means more power to humankind’, said Boutros Boutros Ghali, the then Secretary-General of the UN, in 1996. The same concept has been expressed, in a lighter tone, by Oley-Dibba Wadda, executive director of Women Africa Solidarity, who once said ‘when things are in a mess, women are asked to get in…

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African Women Theologians

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Africa is a continent where women have come a long way in the struggle to make life more human and human beings more capable of living life to the full. African women theologians, in particular, have been accompanying this journey from their own perspective and life experiences. Quite in touch with all the dimensions of…

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Afghan Women

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In general, a woman who does not disappear inside a burqa or who does not keep a ground-level profile in Afghanistan is in danger of death at any time. This is despite the fact that eleven years have passed since the “victory” over the Taliban who made it a priority to oppress women. Of course…

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Women in pieces

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You must pay for all the evil you have done to me”, Joy repeats relentlessly, with tears in her eyes. The same phrase, overflowing from the swamp of suffering, fear, anger and pain that goes into it. She was repatriated to Lagos, Nigeria. She accepted this solution because she had no other choice. Joy went from Brescia to Rome,…

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Nobel Peace Prize – To the women

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Late last year, a group of Italian civil society organizations promoted an international campaign to present the candidacy of African women for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize for African Women (NOPPAW) campaign organized dozens of events around Italy to spotlight African women’s growing role in the continent’s daily life. The campaign soon…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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