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Hawaja: ‘abduction of women by terror groups ridiculous, unislamic.’

Hawaja: abduction of women by terror groups ‘ridiculous and an opposite of Islam.’

Khadija Hawaja, an Islamic scholar and countering violent extremism expert, was until recently political and gender advisor at the Geneva-headquartered Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and a member of several other global NGOs working around countering violent extremism including Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) and Women Without Borders. Here, she speaks

The pains of pregnant mothers in rural northern Nigeria

Northern Nigeria accounts for a huge percentage of women dying of pregnancy-and-childbirth-related complications in Nigeria, whereas the national maternal mortality ratio for Nigeria is put at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, maternal deaths for the northeastern and northwestern sub-regions are as high as 1549 and 1024, respectively.   Twenty-five year old

  Day New Faces New Voices was formally launched in Nigeria

Participants at the formal launch of NFNV-Nigeria shortly after the event

  The formal launch of the Nigeria chapter of New Faces New Voices (NFNV) under the theme: “The Role of Women in Recession and Economic Development in Nigeria” had in attendance eminent Nigerian women from across government, the business community, banking and financial institutions and international organisations   The New Faces New

“Nigeria’s health budgets much lower than even Swaziland and Botswana’s”


  Despite being Africa’s biggest economy and the continent’s most populous nation, Nigeria’s health budgets have over the years remain some of the lowest on the continent. In 2001, Nigeria hosted a special summit of the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) where it alongside other member states pledged to commit,

Aid diversion and hunger in northeastern Nigeria


Despite millions of dollars being spent as humanitarian aid a huge number of  the over 2 million displaced victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria  continue to grapple with hunger and severe malnutrition   By Adam Alqali Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yobe state continue to suffer appalling poverty, despite the enormous resources invested

M4D: Mobilizing for Inclusive Action towards Better Communities

Mobilising for Development

The UK Department for International Development’s Mobilising for Development project is mobilising policymakers and citizens of communities in northern Nigeria, including girls and People With Disabilities, to acquire the necessary skills to be able to work with one another towards bettering their communities 262

Africa and the Global Security Architecture

Security in Africa

In his remarks at the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 16-17 April 2016, Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, warned that rising inequality and non-inclusive growth have implications on Africa’s security. The Tana Forum is chaired by Panel Member Olusegun Obasanjo.


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