Wired: Nancy Hafkin Brought Internet to Africa, Now She’s Tackling the Tech Gender Divide – Thanks in part to United National Economic Commission for Africa’s former pioneer Nancy Hafkin, Africa is now the fastest growing mobile telecommunications market in the world. But, for Hafkin, success does not stop there. She works now to make that modern development a reality for women, too. (Sarah Mitroff)
VOA: Common Infection Raises Female to Male HIV Risk – Studies show that bacterial vaginosis, a common infection among sub-Saharan African women, can severely increase the chance of HIV transmission to men – a three-fold greater risk. What’s worse, women can be asymptomatic, there are no known causes and medication is not always effective. (Joe DeCapua)
AP: Mandela fashion collection to launch in the US – Beginning on Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, Americans and Canadians will have the chance to don African-inspired attire with 46664 Fashion, a label motivated by the anti-apartheid leader. “What we are trying to do is take South Africa or Africa into the global market … The whole message about 46664 is to promote and sustain his legacy,” said Designer Chris Vogelpoel.
Reuters: Inequality poses “grave threat” to South Africa: Zuma – After a week-long African National Congress policy meeting, President Zuma said his ruling party will boost state involvement in mining and land ownership, among other efforts, in hopes of challenging deep inequalities that pose a “grave threat” to Africa and its economy. He said, “If we continue in this way, our gains of democracy will be put at risk because those who feel the pain will say ‘Enough is enough.’” (Jon Herskovitz)