The Gambia bans female genital mutilation
The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after the Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. The president, Yahya Jammeh, said last
Maternity in Malawi is a DIY gamble
Hospitals in Malawi are expecting pregnant women to supply their own delivery kits – including unsterilised plastic sheets used during childbirth – amid a growing public health crisis
Children’s health ‘uniquely’ affected by climate change, paediatricians say
Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). The statement, published in the
Processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes – WHO
October 27, 2015
Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said, placing cured and processed meats in the same category more
Oprah Winfrey’s stake in Weight Watchers sends share price soaring
October 20, 2015
Oprah Winfrey is such a fan of Weight Watchers that she has just bought 10% of the company. “I believe in the programme so much I decided to more
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Bullies destroy their wives’ lives
October 16, 2015
Abuse is rife across all levels of South African society. Therapist Sue Hickey and Philippa Sklaar, a survivor of abusive relationships, recently published a book – When Loving more
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Support flows in for rape centre
October 16, 2015
Donations for victims of sexual abuse in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, have been pouring in after the Mail & Guardian’s article on women and child rape last week. more
Give children a sporting chance against cancer
October 13, 2015
Take a guess at what the most common cancer in South Africa is -- breast cancer, maybe? Nope, sorry. Breast cancer gets a lot of publicity (especially round more
Cervical cancer’s deadly contradiction
September 30, 2015
One in 30 women in sub-Saharan Africa will develop cervical cancer, despite it being the most preventable form of female cancer in the world, according to World Health more
The trouble with travel
September 22, 2015
A long flight is a good opportunity to catch up on some chick flicks that get poor support in my predominantly male house. I left on the long more
Pregnany mortality rates in SA.
Poor children need to be supported from the womb, say experts
September 8, 2015
Children who will be born into poverty need to be enrolled in child support programmes while they are still in the womb, a representative from a Ugandan child more
Nuclear family in meltdown (but the kids will be okay)
August 25, 2015
Lesley and John Brown had been trying to conceive for nine years. The failures took their toll: Lesley became depressed, and at one point suggested that John find more
Open letter to a depressed teenager
August 20, 2015
“Reaching the desired area, The blade hesitates, quivering, Then slicing slowly, meticulously Into the soft, awaiting flesh. The wound gapes, Smiling at how it has relaxed the skin.” more
Yibanathi Matikinca, 10, sits in her classroom at the Qunu Junior Secondary School, a village outside the town of Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. Pic: JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP
Wanna save the world? Empower women
July 20, 2015
There’s a factor in economics -- when assessing the economic impact of an intervention or event -- called the multiplier. The concept is a pretty straightforward one, even more
A sales person tries a new product on a customer’'s hand during the 5th Korea Beauty and Cosmetic Expo in Goyang, north of Seoul. Pic: Truth Lee/AFP
Forever young
July 16, 2015
“Your skin is ageing, every second counts!” Adverts like these are causing panic, mostly among women who feel they are losing the battle against the laws of the more