Focus: Africa and gender equality, Afghan women post-occupation

Female Presidents Of Liberia, Malawi Pledge To Address Gender Equality, Improve Women’s Health (globalhealth.kff.org)

“The only two female heads of state in Africa, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Malawian President Joyce Banda, have just committed to using their positions to improve the lives of women across the continent,” Inter Press Service reports. The article describes the presidents’ comments at a recent women’s right event in Monrovia, Liberia, and says, “[T]he challenges before them are great. Using the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a barometer, Liberia and Malawi generally score low in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment, education for girls, and maternal health.”

Zimbabwean gender activists speak out (kubatanablogs.net)

Dialogue on Affirmative Action opens in Koforidua (vibeghana.com)

A two-day dialogue on Affirmative Action Bill opened in Koforidua on Monday. Leadership of political parties, parliamentarians and gender equality advocates are attending the event, which is the second round table on increasing women’s participation and representation in governance and decision-making.

Insight: Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears (reuters.com)

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