Saudi Arabia lifts ban on segregating men, women in restaurants

Women will no longer have to be segregated from men in restaurants in Saudi Arabia, the country’s government has said. Previously, it was mandatory to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own. The ruling is the latest measure announced by the Saudi government that upends conservative restrictions that have been in place for decades, reports standard.co.uk. The decision was announced in a lengthy and technically worded statement by the Municipal and Rural Affairs Ministry. While some restaurants and cafes in the coastal city…

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Bayelsa polls: Group urges new gov to focus more on women, youth

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa As the Bayelsa State governorship comes up on November 16, a non-governental organisation known, as Girl Child Empowerment and Reproductive Health Initiative (GREP) has urged any candidate that is eventually elected to work assiduously to improve the free maternal and child health care services in the state. GREP also called on any candidate that will emerge as the next governor to build and rehabilitate primary and secondary school structures in all local government areas of the state, and invest in the free education scheme for primary and…

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Study: Men more likely to die of breast cancer than women

Men who are diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to die of the disease than their female counterparts across all stages, according to a study conducted by Vanderbilt University. The study, published in JAMA Oncology last month, found that men had higher rates of death resulting from breast cancer even when clinical characteristics, such as the type of cancer, the manner of treatment and access to care were taken into account, reports Newsweek.com. The disparity was derived from an analysis of 10 years’ worth of data from the National…

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Iran allows women buy tickets for Qatar 2022 qualifier

Female fans have bought 3,500 tickets for Iran’s World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran on Thursday. Women have effectively been banned from stadiums when men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Sahar Khodayari died last month a week after setting herself on fire while awaiting trial for trying to attend a match disguised as a man. FIFA said it had been “assured” by Iranian authoritiesthat women would be allowed into games after her death. The state-run news agency Irna said the 3,500 tickets for the women’s…

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FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into stadiums

The ban on women attending soccer matches in Iran is “unacceptable” and must be lifted, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The head of football’s world governing body said in a statement that FIFA’s position is “clear and firm” and that women “have to be allowed” into football stadiums in the country. Iran’s ban on women attending sports stadiums was put in place shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Amnesty and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have both called on football’s world governing body FIFA to end the ban. CNN has reached…

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FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into stadiums

The ban on women attending soccer matches in Iran is “unacceptable” and must be lifted, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The head of football’s world governing body said in a statement that FIFA’s position is “clear and firm” and that women “have to be allowed” into football stadiums in the country. Iran’s ban on women attending sports stadiums was put in place shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Amnesty and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have both called on football’s world governing body FIFA to end the ban. CNN has reached…

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Balonwu: Why we’re championing African women

Founder of African Women on Board (AWB), a non-profit group, Dr. Nkiru Balonwu, has said the only way to fast-track the trajectory of African women into leadership positions globally, is for all the stakeholders involved in the emancipation process to be fully involved. She noted that women globally were having a moment in history with their stories and experiences being brought to the global consciousness with little or no significant impact experienced by these women. Speaking at  press conference in Lagos, to announce programmes and activities in the lead up…

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Women demand 50% slots in Abiodun’s cabinet

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta A coalition of women groups on Thursday demanded 50 percent women representation in the yet-to-be-constituted cabinet of Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun. The women, who staged a peaceful demonstration to the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said they wanted to make their stance known early enough before Abiodun submits his list of commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly. The Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who led the demonstration, expressed dismay at low representation of women in government in the…

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NGO embarks on free capacity training for Niger Delta women

The call for capacity building among the women folk received a boost yesterday with a Germany-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), AfricanTide Union, announced its plans to conduct a six months special training for women in the Niger Delta region. According to the President of the NGO, Dr. Rosalyn Dressman, this latest empowerment initiative was another effort of the organisation aimed at ensuring that the women of the Niger Delta region were not left out in the search for a prosperous, safe and secure Niger Delta region. “In the long run, it…

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Edo, Lagos empower 700 women entrepreneurs

  No fewer than 700 women drawn from different communities in Lagos and Edo states have been empowered to start up their own small businesses. That of Lagos comprising 300 women was done through the women empowerment initiative by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) in partnership with Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and its bottling partner, Nigeria Bottling Company Limited (NBC). The move is in line with Coca-Cola’s five by 20 programme, which is the company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs across its…

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