The Life of a Girl Child in Africa

In Africa, cultural  and societal norms  determine what the girl or boy should or should not do at the various stages of their lives; which norms affect their way of living, schooling and behavior  and in most cases it is the girl who is affected right from her early ages, expected to engage in household chores like caring for the sick, collecting water, tilling the land which activities affect her ability to attend school and also be a “child”  because of the fact, that the society expects her to be a responsible “woman”, while on the other hand, the boy has the freedom to go to school, play and be a normal child,  as in accordance with the cultural beliefs, where a boy is not expected to be involved in any house chores, but to be socialized and be the head of the family.

The Gun is now Silent; but the Pain of Gender Based Violence still Exists

Uganda is the populous landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gathers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu – speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.

Women Facing Water Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A wettest land in Africa, lacks water to its inhabitants.

Water Crisis – is one of the hugest problems in most countries of Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] is not an exception.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is known as one of the wettest lands in Africa. Thanks to its location on the equator, the DRC has an average of 67 inches of rainfall annually [http://thewaterproject.org/water-in-crisis-congo].  To add to that, DRC possesses over half of water reserves of the continent and large drainage basins of water which cover almost the entire country. However, more than half of the Congolese population suffers from water shortages in both rural and urban areas.

Early Marriage: a vice that infringes on the rights of Girls in Cameroon

Cameroon joined the rest of the International Community on the 11th of October 2014 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. On this day, various International Organizations like UNICEF and National bodies like Plan Cameroon, and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family were vocal in denouncing discriminatory practices which enhance and promote violence against the girl child. One of these practices was early marriage which has many negative effects on the girl.