Externally imposed economic austerities helped fuel fundamentalism and the application of Muslim laws, says Karima Bennoune in this excerpt from “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here.” One activist and her colleagues helped women navigate such laws and fight back.
Environmental factors are responsible for 23 percent of the overall global disease burden, according to World Health Organization research. Addressing such pollution could save the lives of 6 million women a year.
Nigerian sex workers and their allies are pressing for the decriminalization of commercial sex work. While officials talk about educational and job-training initiatives, they are silent on changing the criminal code.
LAGOS (WOMENSENEWS)– The blockade by women protesters of one of Nigeria’s largest oil terminals entered its third day Wednesday, according to a French news agency report.The women who stormed an oil terminal run by U.S.-owned Chevron Nigeria Ltd. are vowing to continue blockading the plant until their terms–jobs for their children–are met.As many as 150 women from the communities adjoining the tank farm, entered the Escravos oil terminal by storm on Monday and barricaded a storage depot, landing field and dockside.”They are complaining that their children have not been given employment,” an engineer stuck in the plant, who asked not to be named, said in a press interview.”They are not armed or violent. Most of them are women over 45 and there is no way we would lay a finger on them.”The Escravos terminal is a major crude oil storage depot 300 kilometers east of Lagos. Production from Chevron’s fields to the west of the Niger Delta is stored there for export.Chevron officials said the Nigerian security forces had been alerted but that the company was attempting to end the stand-off through negotiation with the protesters and community elders.”The protesters, who have barricaded key installations in the tank farm, have disrupted very important operational facilities at the facility,” Chevron Nigeria’s public affairs manager Sola Omole said in a statement on Tuesday. “The management of Chevron Nigeria Ltd.
A court’s decision to execute a woman for adultery has fueled controversy over Nigeria’s version of Islamic justice. Now an influential Islamic body hopes to stop the country’s planned ratification of numerous U.N. conventions protecting human rights.
Nigerian women, many of them teen-agers, now make up the largest percentage of illegally trafficked sex workers in Italy. Albanian teens are now joining them. The Italian government is trying to assist them in leaving this dangerous industry.
One of every five Africans is Nigerian, yet the continent’s largest nation has lagged behind many others in one key measure–the advancement of women. Now, in what may be a breakthrough, 17 out of 25 Lagos state court judges are women.
It’s back to school everywhere, but uneducated girls continue to swell the ranks of the world’s 1 billion illiterate adults–two-thirds of them women. Of 100 million children worldwide between 6 and 11 who are not in school, 70 percent are girls.