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Rwandan entrepreneur’s quest to empower women in local clothing industry

Rwandan entrepreneur’s quest to empower women in local clothing industry

STANDING in front of a two-story brick building, Murebwa admires the crisp white paint. She has witnessed the entire journey of this building: from its foundation being laid, to its transformation into what it is now: New Kigali Designers and Outfitters, a thriving garment factory. Located close to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the company founded by Murebwa employs 280 workers, over 80% of whom are women. "When I started, those who were into tailoring were older women. But as we grew, we found a need to involve younger women because they learn quickly,” Murebwa said. In the reception area, an…
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Kamala Harris exhorts Africans to innovate, empower women in Ghana speech

Kamala Harris exhorts Africans to innovate, empower women in Ghana speech

COOPER INVEEN U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris challenged Africans to step up innovation and the empowerment of women in order to play their full part in the future of the world, as she delivered a speech to thousands of young Ghanaians in Accra. Her visit to Ghana, the first stop on an African tour that will also take her to Tanzania and Zambia, is part of a charm offensive by Washington as it seeks to counter-balance the growing influence of China and Russia on the continent. Standing in front of Black Star Gate, a monument built on the site where…
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Radio in Mali can empower women by remembering they are part of a social web

Radio in Mali can empower women by remembering they are part of a social web

THE Malian politician, writer and women’s activist Aoua Kéita once argued that “The evolution of a country depends on the place that women occupy in the public space of that country.” Today, Malian women face multiple and intersecting barriers that prevent them from realising this vision. EMMA HEYWOOD, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Sheffield In a country with discriminatory laws, extensive polygamy and gender-based violence, and where husbands are often the sole decision-makers, Malian women live in an oppressive culture amid widespread poverty. To ease financial burdens, many Malian girls are forced to marry as children so their families can…
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Landmark study shows how child grants empower women in Brazil and South Africa

Landmark study shows how child grants empower women in Brazil and South Africa

SINCE the mid-1990s, new approaches to poverty reduction have been introduced in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Some have involved income transfer programmes that target poorer citizens based on various means tests. Most have targeted female caregivers, primarily mothers. LEILA PATEL, Professor of Social Development Studies, University of Johannesburg NATASHA BORGES SUGIYAMA, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee WENDY HUNTER, Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts The most expansive child and family grants are in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and South Africa, which has put in place the biggest…
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How Nigerian banks empower women through corporate social responsibility

How Nigerian banks empower women through corporate social responsibility

BUSINESSES are part of societies and successful businesses can create an environment that benefits their customers, employees, communities and shareholders. They do this through various forms of corporate social responsibility, based on the idea that businesses should “strive to make a profit, obey the law, be ethical and be a good corporate citizen”. EMMANUEL MOGAJI, Senior Lecturer in Advertising and Marketing Communications, University of Greenwich The benefits of corporate social responsibility practices for businesses include enhanced reputation, legitimacy and customer loyalty. But these practices are not just marketing to make businesses look good. They are also a way to develop…
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