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What #MeToo has meant around the world – DevEx (image)

What #MeToo has meant around the world – DevEx

November 28, 2018

When the #MeToo movement reached East Africa, it sparked conversations on Twitter and in the media. But social stigma, and a normalization of violence against women and girls means that few men have been held accountable as a result of the movement.

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again – Foreign Policy (image)

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again – Foreign Policy

November 27, 2018

Women in Yemen say they are being excluded from critical discussions about rebuilding the nation after war. Yemeni activists say the U.N. and the United States—actors that have committed to the inclusion of women in peace processes—have not insisted strongly enough on women’s participation. As I report from Yemen, without women, peace will be hard to come by.

‘We Are Willing to Die Here’: The Fight for Women’s Rights in Yemen – The New York Times Magazine (image)

‘We Are Willing to Die Here’: The Fight for Women’s Rights in Yemen – The New York Times Magazine

November 20, 2018

In Yemen, women and girls have been watching their human rights being eroded for decades. I traveled to Aden, Yemen to meet a group of women’s rights activists who are fighting to reestablish basic rights, empowerment and protection for women and girls.

Microinsurance in Africa moves to 2.0 – DevEx (image)

Microinsurance in Africa moves to 2.0 – DevEx

September 5, 2018

Experts agree that increased insurance penetration — including for life, health, property, and livelihoods — supports growth and development, and can protect the most vulnerable. But as part of the informal economy, most workers in Africa lack traditional, employer-provided insurance. Now, a new generation of tech-driven microinsurance products is helping to fill the gap and provide a safety net for those working their way out of poverty.

Want to Wipe Out Terror in Somalia? Turn to Women – OZY (image)

Want to Wipe Out Terror in Somalia? Turn to Women – OZY

June 5, 2018

Unless Somalia commits to choosing a state system over a clan system and promoting women to meaningful positions where they can shape policy and promote legislation securing the protection and advancement of women and girls, the multinational efforts to build Somalia into a stable nation are sure to fail.

Welcome to Puntland: Where Many Men Don’t Consider Rape A Crime – ELLE UK (image)

Welcome to Puntland: Where Many Men Don’t Consider Rape A Crime – ELLE UK

April 26, 2018

Meet Officer Bile – the only female police officer in her unit in Garowe, Somalia. She’s fighting to protect women and get justice for survivors of rape and sexual violence in this conservative region.

Kenyans Worry They’re Watching Their Country’s Democracy Fall Apart Before Their Eyes – VICE News (image)

Kenyans Worry They’re Watching Their Country’s Democracy Fall Apart Before Their Eyes – VICE News

February 14, 2018

A widespread government crackdown had many Kenyans worried that their country’s young democracy is collapsing before their eyes, and giving way to a new strain of authoritarianism.

Kenya’s Dangerous Path Toward Authoritarianism – The New Yorker (image)

Kenya’s Dangerous Path Toward Authoritarianism – The New Yorker

February 9, 2018

A government crackdown on media freedom and political opposition in Kenya are the latest signs that East Africa’s most vibrant economic power is slipping off its democratic path.

The Future of Kenya’s Democracy Is Hanging in the Balance – The Atlantic (image)

The Future of Kenya’s Democracy Is Hanging in the Balance – The Atlantic

November 14, 2017

As the cornerstone of East African democracy, Kenya is an important economic and political force in the region and a critical U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism. But worrying signs, including a crackdown on press and civil society, police killings committed seemingly with impunity, and threats and attacks on election officials and judges, suggest that Kenya may be veering off its democratic path.

Kenya Has Its Own “Resistance” After Disputed Election – VICE News (image)

Kenya Has Its Own “Resistance” After Disputed Election – VICE News

November 9, 2017

Kenya is experiencing an economic boycott against government-affiliated corporations, just one of many efforts spreading throughout the country and spearheaded by Kenyatta’s primary opposition, the NASA coalition. But resistance is not reserved to NASA supporters: a movement is rising against what many see as a slide away from Democracy in Kenya.