Mursi woman, Ethiopia: The way culture and informality intersect today in much of Africa favours women, in a way that it doesn't for men. (Photo/ Rod Waddington)

An African Paradox: Why Poor Women Earn More Than Their Husbands, And The Power And Politics Behind It

Data from Kenya shows that contrary to expectation, the likelihood that a woman earns more relative to her husband decreases, rather than increases, with her education and wealth


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Rebeccah, a Masai girl and near-victim of FGM from Kajiado, Kenya. She escaped the cut. (Photo/ Flickr/ Rajmund Dabrowski/ ANN)

On World Anti-FGM Day: Declining Rates, Plus The Strange Story Of Liberia And Sierra Leone

Liberia and Sierra Leone do not have any explicit national laws banning FGM/C, yet managed to record some of the biggest declines in prevalence among the countries that practice it.


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Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters

A country’s sex ratio (the ratio of men to women in the population) tell us something about its history, social fabric and economic make-up, if the top five countries on either side of the split in Africa are anything to do by.


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Woman at work in Namibia at Ben's Bikes, a bicycle repair shop. (Photo/ Kate Holt/ AusAID)

Africa’s ‘Working Women’ Are Mostly Found On Farms, But Oil Wealth Keeps Them At Home

The countries that have the lowest female participation in the workforce in Africa tend to be large and oil rich (and/ or majority Muslim), whereas nearly all women work in small, low-income, agricultural economies.


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Ngozi Onwumere, Seun Adigun, and Akuoma Omeoga hope to raise enough money and qualify for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games. (Photo/ Obi Grant via GoFundMe)

The Best, And Worst, Places To Be A Woman In Africa, And What That Has To Do With Geography

According to the index, the worst places to be a woman in Africa are Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Libya and Guinea, in that order. It seems that harsh life of the desert and arid Sahel exerts its greatest price on women