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Country of the Week: South Sudan

Venture to South Sudan and you will find a young, hopeful country facing a difficult path to peace, security, and stability for its people. South Sudanese greatly value heritage and tradition. As one of Africa’s most linguistically diverse countries, inhabitants speak over 60 indigenous languages. In addition, approximately 83 percent...

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Advice for Women in Tech from Leading Digital Entrepreneur Yao Huang

Meet Yao Huang, founder of The Hatchery, an organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem, and one of the top entrepreneurs in her field. She leads the enterprise incubator in innovating products with corporate partners — from ideation, development, sales and funding to exit. She’s an adviser and...

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“‘Because you are a girl’ is never a reason for anything. Ever.”

When Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from one of her friends asking how she could raise a daughter to be a feminist, she responded with a long Facebook post that is now the basis of her book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.” As...

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Break the taboo and talk about domestic violence, says IWOC award winner

Malebogo Molefhe was a promising star on Botswana’s national basketball team until she was brutally assaulted by an ex-boyfriend. She survived being shot eight times, but because her injuries now require her to use a wheelchair, her hopes for a professional sports career ended. In its place, a new career...

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You asked about gender equality. Ambassador Wharton answered.

On April 3, the U.S. Department of State’s acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, Ambassador Bruce Wharton, fielded many of your questions about women’s rights in a Facebook #YALICHAT. Topics included the importance of educating women and girls, the need for women entrepreneurs to serve as role...

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Summit encourages women to become developers as well as tech users

In September 2016, digital equality advocates gathered in Accra, Ghana, for the Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology. The participants shared their stories, knowledge and experience on the internet and information and communications technology (ICT). The main focus of the summit was to transform African women and girls...

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YALI Network Members Support #Africa4Her. Join Them!

Thousands of YALI Network members are standing up for the rights of women and girls by pledging with #Africa4Her to be bold for change — supporting girls’ education, encouraging more women entrepreneurs, and speaking out against gender-based violence. Eric Agyemang of Ghana is an #Africa4Her advocate who supports women’s and...

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Gender inequality raises risks of HIV infection

AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 45 percent since they peaked in 2005, and the rate of new HIV infections among adults has stopped increasing. But despite this and other areas of progress, adolescent girls and young women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, they...

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