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Detail of a collage work by Rosemary Karuga, Untitled, 1998. © Karuga family/Courtesy Red Hill Art Gallery

The importance of remembering Kenyan artist Rosemary Karuga

The first female student at the famous Makerere University art school, Karuga only began an art career when she retired at 60. She ended up showing internationally.
Muslim women and children in Lamu in north east Kenya. Al-Shabaab’s recruitment of female members is most evident in coastal and north eastern counties. Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images

Why we did it: the Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab

Women's motivations for joining terrorist networks belie Kenyan media accounts of naive girls manipulated through romantic notions of Jihadi brides or wives.
There are very few qualified female teachers in schools in northern Nigeria. shutterstock

Scholarships alone are not enough to get more qualified female teachers into Nigeria’s schools

Colleges of education must have increased resources to improve training. They must also address gender-specific issues such as childcare provision, accommodation and sexual harassment.
The mortality rate of AIDS-related deaths remains high among adolescent girls and young women. Shutterstock

Here’s where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus

The evidence shows that keeping girls in school not only reduces HIV risk, but also delays marriage and pregnancy, and improves mental health.
Women are more likely to be visiting public health facilities to access healthcare for themselves or for people in their care. Shutterstock

How COVID-19 puts women at more risk than men in Gauteng, South Africa

Women are testing positive at a higher rate than men and women, they have a greater social and economic vulnerability, particularly during lockdown, with working-age being the most affected.

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