“‘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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She wanted more accountability on child marriage. So she made a film.

Zimbabwe’s Beatrice Savadye grew up in a province where child marriages were more frequent than in other areas of her country. She witnessed several of her female high school classmates forced to drop out and marry before the age of 18. Many had been pressured to engage in sexual activity...

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She was an outsider to wine culture. Now she’s a major contributor.

The first time South Africa’s champion winemaker Ntsiki Biyela tasted wine, she thought it was horrible. “Wine was not really part of my culture,” she said. Biyela grew up in a rural part of the country during apartheid when wine was more popular among the urban white population. Biyela had...

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U.S. Ambassadors Show Support for #Africa4Her

The 2016 #Africa4Her campaign saw a huge outpouring of support inside and outside the YALI Network. More than 20,000 Network members made pledges (thank you!), and 44 pledges were made by U.S. ambassadors to Africa. Among the highlights: Using the hashtags #30Jours30Femmes and #FiereDetreFemme, Embassy Bamako published a photo each...

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