News headlines for “Conflicts in Africa”

  1. Punch Like A Muslim Woman: An Egyptian-Danish Boxer Breaking Many Stereotypes

    NEW DELHI, India, Jan 18 (IPS) - As a Muslim woman born and brought up in Denmark, Nadia Helmy Ahmed broke many stereotypes when she started boxing at the age of 15. “Back then it was not common for girls to take up elite boxing, let alone common for Muslim girls, I used to be the only girl in my gym, along with ten others boys,” said Nadia to IPS News.

  2. Conspicuous Silence as Uganda President Wins Sixth Term against Bobi Wine

    KAMPALA, Jan 18 (IPS) - Thirty-five years ago when President Yoweri Museveni talked, majority of the citizens listened. But now, as he approaches almost four decades in power, his message is not resonating well — particularly with the country’s youth who constitute about 70 percent of the voting population in Uganda.

  3. Africas Free Trade Area Opens for Business

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 (IPS) - African countries opened their markets on 1st January under the continental free trade agreement and duty-free trading of goods and services across borders is now underway despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other teething problems.

  4. Learning From Indigenous Peoples: My Morocco Diary

    BONN, Jan 11 (IPS) - Once a year, on 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated, celebrating their unique culture and knowledge. This is done mostly from a distance, from our homes in (nominally) developed countries. But are we as developed as we pretend to be? On this question, I reflected for a while, still remembering a special and personal experience of having spent several days with an indigenous Berber family in Morocco.

  5. Making African Continental Free Trade Area Work for Women in a Post-COVID-19 World

    Jan 06 (IPS) - Angela Lusigi is, UNDP Resident Representative in GhanaOn 1st January 2021, trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement commenced after months of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  6. ANTICOV Treatment Clinical Trial Crucial for Africa

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 05 (IPS) - The ANTICOV COVID-19 clinical trial, aimed at identifying treatments that prevent mild cases from progressing to severe forms of the disease, is crucial to Africa, researchers say. The trial will investigate home-based treatments to help prevent local health systems from being overwhelmed.

  7. This Is Not a Goodbye, Kenya - Asante na Kwaheri ya Kuonana

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 04 (IPS) - Happy New Year, Kenya.

    Several milestones in my personal and professional life have made Kenya a cherished place for me. I started my UNICEF career in Rumbek, South Sudan in June 2000, and my rest and recuperation breaks were in Nairobi. In fact Kenya was the first African country I had ever visited and, frankly, it was love at first sight.

  8. Tractors Can Change Farming in Good Ways and Bad: Lessons from Four African Countries

    Dec 29 (IPS) - Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa, replacing hand hoes and animal traction across the continent. While around 80-90% of all farmers still rely on manual labour or draught animals, this is changing, driven by falling machinery prices and rising rural wages. During the last couple of years, tractor sales grew by around 10% annually.

  9. A Decade after the Arab Spring, Tunisia Fails to Keep up with the Process of Democratisation

    NEW DELHI, India, Dec 22 (IPS) - Ten years ago a young street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself afire in the central Tunisian provincial town of Sidi Bouzid to protest against police harassment. Bouazizi’s sacrificial act served as a catalyst and inspired the Tunisian people to take over the streets that led to the Jasmine Revolution in the country. On January 4, 2011 Mohamed Bouazizi died, and ten days later the country's authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s rule ended when he fled to Saudi Arabia.

  10. Islamic Feminists Speak on Fight to Reclaim Rights

    NEW DELHI, India, Dec 22 (IPS) - The court victory to allow women into the inner sanctum of a Sufi shrine in Mumbai was a significant victory for a secular rights-based movement led by Muslim women. However, there is a fear the political climate in India regarding Muslims, could put the women’s rights agenda on the back foot.

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