Women in Africa : 5 Facts You Should Know

Women in Africa : 5 Facts You Should Know

Women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 % of men’s wages. Contributing factors include the fact that women are more likely to be wage workers and unpaid family workers; that women are more likely to engage in low-productivity activities and to work in the informal sector, with less mobility to…

Fight the mistreatment of women in labour

Fight the mistreatment of women in labour

Ever heard of “obstetric violence”? That’s a term used to describe health workers’ mistreatment — often through verbal or physical violence and bullying — of birthing women. A 2017 study published in the journal, Feminism & Psychology, for which 35 black women who gave birth in South African public health facilities were interviewed, found that many experienced abuse and violence from…

African women on the shame of hair loss

African women on the shame of hair loss

A study three years ago of almost 6,000 women of African descent by Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center found that almost 48% of respondents had suffered hair loss on the crown or the top of the head – mostly caused by traction alopecia. The condition affects one-third of women of African descent, according to a study in the medical journal…

World’s First Malaria Vaccine Goes To African Children

World’s First Malaria Vaccine Goes To African Children

Malawi has started vaccinating children under 2 years of age, and Kenya and Ghana will begin using the vaccine in the coming weeks, with health ministries in these countries deciding where it will be used, WHO said. The vaccine offers partial protection from the disease, with clinical trials finding that it prevented approximately 4 in 10 malaria cases, according to…

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