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Women's Economic Empowerment: a Multifaceted Approach in Rural DRC

The programme COFAPRI has implemented... includes animal rearing, sewing and knitting activities and small businesses. In addition, we sponsor the school education of children born of raped mothers by paying their school fees and providing school materials.

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What Are African Diaspora Doing About Ebola?

One Sierra Leonean in the diaspora, Memuna, was not going to let people go hungry... this has led to the birth of Lunchboxgift. We have teamed up with the diaspora led charity 'Let Them Help Themselves Out of Poverty'... This will enable us to pool resources…

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Sister Sky "Gives Back" with Abalone Woman Bracelets

By Marina Turning-Robe from Sister Sky When we launched the Abalone Woman bracelets, we knew the story of Abalone Woman would resonate with so many who are concerned with ending domestic violence. The oral stories of our heritage touch our spirit, teach us…

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Is Moscow's Transport Unsafe for Women? Muscovite Women Respond...

“I’ve witnessed an unpleasant incident when an elderly grandma tried to get in before the doors closed but only her arms and bag made it yet not one single man tried to help her by opening the slammed doors." - Didar (21), a veterinary science student.

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Taliban Targeting women: Malala - Not the First...

Source: The Express Tribune | Asad Zia

PESHAWAR: The attack on a 14-year-old girl shook the nation, but Malala Yousafzai is not the first female to be targeted by the Taliban.

The ruthless militants have previously targeted and killed two women from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Related Article: Pakistan: Confronting Extremism - Farida Afridi & Malala

Female empowerment

Earlier this year, on July 4th, militants killed Khyber Agency-based social worker Farida Afridi. Her crime, purportedly, was to be an agent of change in the conservative tribal agency.

Afridi was among two of the founding members of a local organisation, Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (Sawera).

She was on her way to her office in the Hayatabad locality of Peshawar, from her hometown Ghundi village in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency, when militants opened fire, killing her on the spot.

Related Article: The Loss of Farida Afridi, murdered in Pakistan

Moral policing

The Taliban’s first female victim was Shabnam, from the courtesans’ quarters in Swat’s capital Mingora.

When she refused to bow down to moral policing, some militants dragged her out of home and shot her dead in the Green Chowk of Mingora.

The square later earned notoriety for executions and beheadings during the Taliban reign in Swat.

Related Article: Farida Afridi: Paying the Ultimate Price for the Women of Pakistan