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How Cameroon and other countries in Africa are actively fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic

There is a speculation that HIV might have originated in an African monkey and crossed to humans. Skeptics argue that the HIV virus developed from a malaria experiment that missed the mark. Regardless on one's viewpoint of the virus' origin, it is important to remember that Africans have actively tackled the disease and the stigma in numerous ways.
"People have also advanced abstract or metaphysical explanation for the origin of AIDS, explanations often grounded in religious and scientific narratives" (Bongmba 13). While these speculations may someday give us concrete answers about the rise and spread of HIV/AIDS, the most important task that faces the human community, scientists, and the medical community in particular is not only containing the spread of the virus, but eradicating that virus.

Female freedom has an expiration date - Being 35 and Single

An Argentine woman, documenting her relationships, begins an intimate investigation searching for love and answers: must she settle down or continue to be free spirit in order to be happy?


Does one's happiness depend on her marital status? In most parts of the world, women have increasingly more choices than their mothers and grandmothers. Like Paula Schargorodsky, most women are now able to realize their dreams, personal or professional goals without a significant amount of social constraints.

Twitter asks for Justine Sacco with #HasJustineLandedYet

If anyone used to make fun of the African continent online, s/he will have to think again from now on. On her way to South Africa, Justine Sacco shared a message that sets the twittersphere on fire with the #HasJustineLandedYet hashtag.

On December, 2013, Justine Sacco, the communications director for InterActiveCorp also known as IAC, posted a twitter message about Africa, AIDS and race. Posted in London, the twitter message stated: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS, Just kidding. I'm white!"

Du chocolat? Oui, mais à petite dose !

J'aime le chocolat. J'aime les gâteaux chocolats. J'aime les glaces au chocolat. J'aime les friandises au chocolat. Le chocolat? JE M'EN REGALE!


S'il y avait un pays  qui s'appelait 'Chocolat,' je postulerais certainement pour la citoyenneté. Je déposerais ma demande en bonne et due forme. Mieux, le Seigneur l'aurait sûremment déja choisi comme mon pays d'origine. Enfin, je pense.

The 2014 Washington Fellowship for young African leaders accepts applications

In 2010, the U.S. President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) to support young African leaders who are actively involved in the development of their countries.  The program currently accepts applications.

Businesswoman from Cameroon rises above poverty and food insecurity

On global hunger, the advocacy agency 'Bread for the World' stated "the world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything seen in more than 50 years." There are 925 million hungry people around the world for 16,000 deceased children from hunger-related causes; this is one child every five second. In 2005, 1.4 billion people in developing countries lived in extreme poverty, with less than $1.25 a day.
Located in Central Africa, the  Republic of Cameroon is home to over 200 different linguistic groups and enjoys a relatively stable political environment. This nation has distinguished itself from other West African countries through the diversity of its economy, geography and cultures. Moreover, some significant socio-economic disparities, such as the persistent rural poverty, remain.


World leaders mourn Nelson Mandela

Former South  African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95, leaving a legacy to his fellow citizens, the African continent and the rest of the world. On this December 5, 2013, the world mourns a great African leader of our century.

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of South Africa, went to rest in peace. Madiba who spent 27 years of his life in prison led his country to a new beginning marked by the end of apartheid. For world leaders and millions of people across the globe, Mandela is synonym to peace as his message was centered around  forgiveness. The WOMEN & AFRICA community thanks Papa Nelson Mandela for everything he has done.

Quel avenir professionnel pour la jeunesse en Afrique?

D'après les experts, la jeunesse d'Afrique est la plus jeune du monde et un un levier de développement pour le continent. Pourtant, des millions de jeunes diplômés d'Afrique n'arrivent toujours pas à se projeter dans l'avenir. 
Selon Afrique Renouveau, l'Afrique a la population la plus jeune du monde avec 200 millions d'habitants âgés de 15 a 24 ans. Cette croissance démographique va continuer de croitre. Pourtant cette jeunesse Africaine dynamique souffre d'un manque flagrant d'emplois. Selon la Banque mondiale, 60% des chomeurs en Afrique sont des jeunes.


Africa's natural resources fuel the world

From electronics to oil, Africa's natural resources fuel the world and those minerals make the world go round. There are some statistics to prove it.


Africa is rich, but Africans are poor

Despite foreign aid sent on the African continent, millions of adults and children still struggle to eat one meal a day. One may wonder why hunger and poverty are still occurring in this part of the world. Or perhaps, the African continent is made of rich countries but poor people.

According to WhyPovery.net, prices on global exchanges for maize and wheat have tripled in the last five years. Maize has been the best-performing investment since the worldwide financial crisis began. In a short documentary titled “Hunger For Profit,” WhyPovery.net simultaneously shows on one side of the world the effects of poverty in two ends of our world.

My 5-year plan

If you have a 5-year plan, please share it with me. I would love to hear from you. Well, most people (young people) do. There is mine.


Orange Day- United to end violence against women

In 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon lauched the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. In July of 2012, the Secretary-General proclaimed every 25th of the month as an Orange Day for a world safe for women and girls.



The objective of UNiTE to End Violence against women campaign is to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

Porter le ruban blanc pour la lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes

Qu'elles vivent sur le continent americain, européen, asiatique ou africain, qu'elles soient riches ou pauvres, des femmes sont victimes de violence. Battues, violées, aggressées, leur dignités sont baffouées par des personnes qui devraient les aimer et les protéger. En portant un ruban blanc, nous rejoignons ces millions de femmes victimes de violence.


Au travers de la campaigne du ruban blanc, des hommes désireux de donner naissance à une société ou les femmes ne sont plus victimes de la part des hommes. Cette initiative a été lancée au Canada à l'automne 1991 à  la suite d'une tuerie qui a eu lieu à l'Ecole Polytechnique.

Innover en faveur de l'éducation des filles ... et des garçons

La journée internationale de la jeune fille célébrée le 11 octobre de chaque année est l’occasion pour tous:  jeunes et adultes, hommes et femmes, activistes ou supporters de réfléchir sur l’importance de la jeune fille mais surtout de célébrer la femme de l'avenir.

Qu'elle soit africaine, asiatique, européenne ou américaine, la jeune fille contribue au développement de sa nation. A travers le monde, les jeunes filles sont sujettes à des défis,  même si ceux-ci sont à des degrés variés. 

Remain hopeful

Times are very hard these days. We are all trying to make it happen for ourselves. Whether our bank account is full or empty, life can be rough.
One of the hardest thing is to is to probably remain hopeful when circumstances and situations tell us otherwise.


Two American graduate students raise funds for South African students with The Project Ubuntu

Inspired by their recent summer study abroad program in South Africa, Elizabeth Patterson and Amber Lodman made the decision to create The Ubuntu Project upon their return to their home country, the United States of America.  The Project Ubuntu is a grassroots fundraising effort to help students of the Bachana Mockwena and Reinotswe special schools in South Africa.  Elizabeth Patterson and Amber Lodman, the two founders of the Project Ubuntu, started the fundraiser with the aim of providing funds for infrastructure building as well as dinning halls for meals. This summer of 2013, they both went to South Africa to study education and social reform.

Timbuk is the premiere African dance-based fitness company in the U.S.

Take a moment and imagine yourself working out in the comfort of your home at the sound of African drums. Sounds fun? You bet, it is! This is what the premiere African dance-based fitness program Timbuk is about.
As stated on company's website, the Timbuk Fitness program is a full body workout that will strengthen and tone your body, improve your balance and build endurance. The company has been selected as an approved continuing education provider for The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) program.

UN Women demonstrates gender inequality with search engine campaign

If you are still one of those who believe there is too much useless buzz about girls and women's issues, check this out. The new search engine campaign by the UN Women-an arm of the United Nations (UN) demonstrates that gender inequality is indeed a reality worldwide.


Nigerian author Chioma Nnani on her first novel 'Forever There For You'

Chioma Nnani is a Nigerian writer and a producer who runs a full writing and publishing service for her clients across the globe. Our very own WOMEN & AFRICA contributor, she is also the author of Forever There for You now available on Amazon. In this interview, Chioma Nnani talks about her novel and more.

La jeune réalisatrice ivoirienne Siam Marley vous invite à coproduire "Couvre Feu"

La jeune réalisatrice ivoirienne Siam Marley de 26 ans vous invite à coproduire son documentaire  "Couvre Feu." Son documentaire a été selectionné avec 14 autres films lors d'un appel à projet lancé par CANAL + AFRIQUE  et Canal France International (CFI).


Canal France International (CFI) et CANAL+ AFRIQUE ont ensemble lancé "L'Afrique au féminin," un concours de documentaires courts ayant pour objectif de valoriser l'énergie des femmes africaines réalisatrices, mais surtout de jetter un coup de projecteur sur celles-ci.

Jessica Cox lives a fulfilled life without arms

Jessica Cox was born without her two arms. This was the result of a rare birth defect.  Now an international and inspirational key speaker,  Cox has achieved with her feet more than what most 'normal' people will be able to do with their two arms.


Jessica Cox flies airplanes and drives cars with her feet. In 2011, Cox held the Guiness World record of the first armless person in the world ever to have obtained a pilot's licence. According to her official biography, the training took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 416C Ercoupe Airplane.

Web-Journaliste Sinatou Saka partage ses rêves pour l'Afrique

La jeune Web-journaliste Sinatou Saka et contributrice du blog WOMEN & AFRICA partage avec nous son parcous professionnel et ses projets. Cette jeune béninoise est aussi une activiste panafricaine avec plein de rêves pour son pays et son continent.


Cancer: Africa's emerging health epidemic

In the past, Africa’s biggest health problems were those of dealing with infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The patterns are rapidly changing with the westernization of lifestyles. Amongst these diseases the biggest are cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. 

My attention was caught by the  deploring situation of cancer and its associated problems, the inadequacy of treatment, management facilities and the lack of resources given the economic situation and the tiny health allocated budgets of most African Countries. Women in Uganda or Zimbabwe are only about 20% less likely to develop cancer by the age of 65 as compared to their western counterparts.

The White House recognizes the African diaspora for the first time

On Monday, September 23rd, 2013, the Cameroon Professional Society (CPS) team along with representatives and allies of the African Diaspora attended the historical White House African Immigrant Heritage Month Policy Forum.

The African Immigrant Heritage Month Policy Forum is intended to connect officials of President Barack Obama's administration with leaders of the African immigrant community residing in the United States of America, as stated in the CPS press release. This is the first time that the White House engages Africans, African immigrants and their allies.

Félicité Dona Gbeyihin du Bénin devient millionnaire en vendant des chips

Inutile d’avoir les plus gros diplômes du monde pour avoir des idées de génie. Pour nous le prouver, Félicité Dona Gbeyihin qui  n’a reçu aucune formation en pâtisserie autre que l’héritage culturel culinaire transmis de la mère aux filles en Afrique.

There will be peace and prosperity in Africa through unity

On September 21, 2013, the upscale Westgate Nairobi mall was transformed into a war zone. The tragic event took at least 68 innocent lives. While we are still mourning,  this tragic event is also an opportunity to call for unity and peace across the African continent.

In Africa, we are moving forward. The African youth wants to move forward. This is the reason why there will be peace and prosperity in Africa regardless of the numerous attempts preventing us to do so.

Mercy Ships bring hope and healing home

These past 35 past years, Mercy Ships crews, made of health-care professionals in anesthesiology, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery, midwifery and eye surgery, have performed numerous acts of mercy. This is the case of Abel, a boy from Togo, whose normal childhood turned upside down after an injection. The Republic of Togo is a country located in West Africa. 



As reported in an online Mercy Ships story, Abel's parents noticed he was having difficulty learning to crawl. Abel's muscles stopped growing but not his bones ; his legs failed to grow correctly due to the lack of musculature to direct them. His parents approached three doctors who were unable to help them. 

Benin Grammy-Award Singer Angélique Kidjo wants girls to dream big

Time Magazine calls her 'African Premier Diva." For Benin Grammy-Award singer Angélique Kidjo, her work goes beyond the successful musical career. This UNICEF goodwill ambassador desires to see the future generations, particularly girls, to become the best they can be. 

Angélique Kidjo is an African icon who does not need anymore introductions. In 2007, Kidjo released an album titled Djin Djin, which refers to the sound of a  bell in Africa that greets each new day.

Amani D.C. transforms women's lives in Africa

When Brittany Noetzel and Rachel Kistner, two Alumni from Wheaton College went to visit Amani Ya Juu as college students, they did not quite envision how big the trip will be on their respective lives. Several years later, they have set up Amani D.C., an African boutique located in Washington, D.C.


Established in 2009, this retail store sells hand-made products made by marginalized women residing in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Liberia. The U.S. warehouse of Amani Ya Juu, the main organization, is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Les jeunes du Cameroun se mobilisent pour la lutte contre la Drépanocytose

Drépano-Solidaire est une association Camerounaise de lutte contre la Drépanocytose à but non lucratif. Agée de 4 ans, cette dernière est une organisation fondée par de jeunes camerounais dont le leader et le fondateur est Junior Mekinda Mekinda. Elle a pour principale mission la prévention contre la maladie et le soutien aux malades. 


L’exécution des différents projets s’effectue au travers de l'éducation et la sensibilisation des populations. L’association est constituée en grande majorité de jeunes élèves et étudiants. Elle est composée d'un bureau central et de clubs relais de sensibilisation répartis à ce jour dans (09) établissements secondaires. Le bureau central organise les activités de l’association et coordonne différents clubs des Lycées et Collèges. 

The Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN) develops business programs

This summer 2013, the Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN), a youth-led organization, was involved in different projects with Incredible Youth International (IYI) Uganda and Columbia University Business School (CBS). GYIN is a platform born out the partnership between representatives of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Phelps Strokes.

The Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN) and Incredible Youth International (IYI) Uganda have recently confirmed their partnership. Together, the two youth-led organizations intent to address the youth unemployment issues in Uganda.

WOMEN & AFRICA is moving forward, thanks to you!

These past few months, I wrote several articles to share with you my vision for W&A. I explained to you why I majored in International Journalism, why I'll be writing forever now and I proudly introduced you to the concept behind of Women & Africa as a positive platform for women and Africa. Since then, a lot of things have changed positively at W&A.

For a start, we have a brand new logo and a brand new banner! They are currently used on all our social platforms. The idea behind the logo is simple. The primary readers, and hence, the target audience is a young, smart and modern woman. She is a leader in her community and her country because she takes initiatives to make her world a better place. She also listens to her elders and she works with men as well.

Support Mother Africa with AWDF USA

Every day more than 500 African women die during childbirth across the continent, according to the United Nations Population Fund. This is the world's highest number of maternal deaths. This is the reason why the African Women's Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) invites you to contribute to the Mother Africa Campaign; the money raised will be used to transform maternal mortality crisis in Africa.

The Africa Women's Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) is an  US-based public foundation devoted to African women's issues. The sister organization in Ghana, AWDF, is the single largest fundraiser for African women's groups. AWDF, whose CEO is Theo Sowa, supports 1000 groups working in 42 countries across the continents. As a result, the lives of  African mothers, children and communities are saved.

Kate Middleton and Prince William plan an African-themed nursery

Prince William recently mentioned to CNN that he plans to design an African-themed nursery for his son Prince George. The proud royal parents feel a strong sense of connection to Africa; William proposed to Duchess Catherine during a private vacation in Kenya in 2010.  Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, his young brother, also spent time in Africa as children. 

Prince William hopes to take his first child, George, to Africa in a few years. For now, he is putting together an African-themed nursery for the young prince to grow up in.

How to eat less food

The physical component of optimum health comes from the consumption of healthy food and the habit of appropriate exercise. Eating nutritious foods coupled with regular physical exercise improve overall health and wellness.

Explore the benefits of eating less, playing more and you will achieve what is required to sustain optimum health. There is need here to emphasize how each of us is different and unique. 

Est-ce les voix des femmes africaines sont entendues?

La Décennie de la Femme Africaine (AWD) vise à faire progresser l'égalité des sexes à travers le bas de haut double et approche ascendante. Mais, est-ce que les  voix des femmes africaines sont entendues?

En 2010, l'Union Africaine (UA) a officiellement lancé la Décennie de la femme africaine (AWD) qui se tiendra de 2010 à 2020. L'UA est une organisation panafricaine dont le but est de construire une Afrique unie et forte.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa's first female Head of State

If some countries are still speculating on the possibility of having their first female Head of State, Liberians have their own for the past eight years. Her name is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 24th President of Liberia and the first woman elected Head of State on the African continent, is shaping history since her first presidential election.

In spite of her numerous international honors, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may still be unknown by the international scene. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, Liberia on October 29, 1938. She is the granddaughter of a traditional chief of renown in Western Liberia and a market woman from the southeast.

Le pouvoir des femmes africaines

Notre siècle est un moment important pour les femmes à travers le monde. Les organisations internationales telles que l'Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) seraient favorables à cette déclaration.  Au milieu de cette révolution internationale, les fardeaux des femmes africaines sont nombreux, mais leur force étonnante.


Parmi les huit objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement de l'ONU (OMD) qui va de la fin de la pauvreté pour assurer un environnement durable, la promotion de l'égalité des sexes et l'autonomisation des femmes est classée troisième. Sur tous les continents, notamment en Afrique, les femmes sont pleinement investies dans le développement de leurs pays.

From Seattle, with love

What child does not love decorating their home for holidays? I look back on my childhood memories of the weeks leading up to Christmas each year with such fondness. To me, December is caught up in the scent of sugar cookies mingled with the fresh aroma of pine. Even now, a whiff of that magical fragrance combination is enough to put me into a celebratory mood.


More than anything else, I look forward to setting up our nativity scene each year. It was an hand-carved piece by a Ghanian artist made out of kapok wood, and the little figures warmed engagingly in my hands as I played with them.

Women and girls love technology too

A growing number of organizations are created to nurture the interest of women and girls for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and/or careers. Despite the efforts, women and girls still face challenges that keep them from considering these fields of study.

Women Technology's Program (WTP) whose goal is to spark high school's interest in the future study of engineering and computer science. Similarly, The Women in Technology project claims to be the first . american workforce development project of its kind to encourage girls, women and underrepresented groups into engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.


Ding Ding the African Bird or a modern folktale from Africa

Inspired by his two beautiful sons, Chris Jason , a professor of engineering mechanics  working in Germany, wrote the story of 'Ding Ding the African Bird' to make them laugh. Then, he discovered the story would be a great tool to teach them about Africa.



The African Union made history with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

The African Union (AU) is a pan-African organization whose goal is to build an united and a strong Africa. In 2012, this half a century organization, whose headquarters are still in Ethiopia, made a historic choice. For the first time, African leaders elected former South Africa's minister of home affairs, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the African Union Commission.
The African Union (AU) was conceived by the later Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as a 'United States of Africa,' BBC Africa stated. Morocco is the only African country that does not hold a membership with the African Union.

Try something new this summer

Summer is finally in full force, and the living is easy! Do you notice in summertime how everything seems promising? The plants are in full bloom and the sun feels glorious on your skin. The longer days give you boundless energy, making you feel like it is possible to achieve all your desires and dreams. Why not harness this energy, ride the wave of summer and try something new?

Throughout the year, we live at an intense pace (physical, emotional and mental), and we often get stuck in routine, either for the sake of efficiency or out of fear of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in doing the same things over and over stagnate not only our minds, but also our bodies and hearts.

The Cameroon Professional Society mobilizes many to take action

This Saturday 27th July 2013 marks the end of the fourth Cameroon Professional Society (CPS) annual Congress that took place in Marriott BWI Airport in Maryland, U.S.A. During the Congress, panelists and speakers have articulated their arguments around this year's theme "From vision to Action - A Cameroonian Imperative."

The CPS is a nonprofit  organization that seeks to fundamentally transform communities in Cameroon by leveraging the expertise, leadership and extensive networks of Cameroonian and African professionals both in the United States and abroad.

The secret dilemma of women journalists revealed

Based on my personal conversations and observations, some people think being a journalist is an easy job. You see, some even pretend to accomplish journalists' work. And they're wrong. Dead wrong. There is a serious in-depth work achieved outside and inside newsrooms.
Staff writers and editors invest a significant amount of time and energy to bring out the best out of their work. Even though working as a journalist is fulfilling, it is still time-consuming. Someone, who wonders whether the gender may influence a journalist's work, may ask: Can women journalists have both a successful career and a family life?

The true size of Africa will surprise you

In attempt to fight the rampant Immappancy, Kai Krause has developed a map titled "The true size of Africa." Immappancy means insufficient knowledge of geography. In the original map, Krause has included a number of countries that are cut and rotated for visualization purposes. Please check  the original map below.


South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela

In honour of Mandela Day, Morten Herace has volunteered with various human rights organisations at the Lindela Repatriation Centre, a detention centre for undocumented immigrants in South Africa. The  centre assists the immigrants as they wait for the legalization of their status or the deportation to their home countries. In this article, he explains the meaning of Mandela Day.



This Thursday, July 18, 2013 is an important day not only for South Africa but also for the rest of the world. This day marks the birthday of  Nelson Mandela who turns 95. South Africans from all walks of life, race, faith, old and young have volunteered 67 minutes of their times in honour of Nelson Mandela.


10 ways women and girls could empower themselves

Unlike the last World's 100 Most Powerful Women selected by Forbes, millions of women and girls live ordinary lives as students, homemakers, and/or employees. These [famous ladies] have redefined power, Forbes said. Does it mean that ordinary women are not powerful? Oh yes, they are! Power is at any woman or girl's reach.

A Swazi lady and a Cameroonian gentleman on natural hair

In the previous article I am not my hair,  we found out that the debate around natural for women of African descent is strong with an unbeatable online presence. This time around, we continue the conversation with two Ph.D candidates  Ms.Sithembile Mabila and Mr.Raoul Tamekou, respectively from Swaziland and Cameroon and living in the United States and Canada.


5 Reasons to be Zimbabwean

How much do you know about the Republic of Zimbabwe ? Read the following 5 reasons to be Zimbabwean by Ms. Nyasha Nzenza, a native from Zimbabwe. Ms. Nzenza continuously champions the bright side of her country as she currently works towards a degree in International Business at an American university. She has a desire to see her Zimbabwe positively portrayed on the world stage.


War, Drought and Hunger in Mali

Ongoing turmoil in Mali, a country in West Africa, has recently intensified and come into the global spotlight. During a previous crisis, the international community led by France and the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) has backed up the Malian Government during the crisis.

The crisis, caused by the rebels associated with Al-Qaeda, has worsened the fragile humanitarian situation of the regions of West Africa and Sahel, the UN reports. In January 2012, ethnic Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants entered the northern area and took the control of some region's main towns.