Women in the news

Just Jani. Not a book review.
Nope. This isn't a review of Jani Allan's memoir, Jani Confidential. Yes, I've read it. Yes, I'm reviewing it. But not today. Not right now. Instead, I'm reviewing
Japan artist on trial over vagina art says fighting for free expression
A Japanese artist on trial for obscenity after making objects modelled on her vagina said on Wednesday that there was nothing wrong with her artwork and her arrest
Iran to appoint first female ambassador since the Islamic revolution
Iran is set to appoint its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, marking a breakthrough for women in government under the moderate president, Hassan Rouhani. Marzieh
Why Hillary Clinton would make the perfect US president
April 14, 2015
Hillary Clinton will be the youngest woman ever to be president of the United States if she makes it to the Oval Office. She’ll be less tainted by ...read more
How I became a Muslim bride
April 2, 2015
With henna on my hands and my head covered in a scarf, I went to my wedding. My sister-in-law had helped me drape my purple and gold punjabi ...read more
Serena Williams and US Vogue’s cliché-free cover
March 24, 2015
It’s not remarkable that Serena Williams is on the April cover of US Vogue, despite what you might think. Yes, the styling is remarkably minimal: teal Rag & ...read more
Egyptian woman who has lived as man for 40 years voted ‘best mum’
March 24, 2015
Sisa Abu Daooh is Egypt’s matriarch of the moment, after being named by officials in her home town of Luxor as the city’s most supportive mother. Which may ...read more
Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women
March 18, 2015
Feminist blogger, Nana Sekyiamah Darkoa, talks about her blog where African women can boldly share intimate stories about their sexual experiences. Listen to the podcast at the M&G. ...read more
ThickLeeyonce has redefined what’s ‘pretty’ and ‘sexy’
March 18, 2015
The thing about ThickLeeyonce is she challenges every standard of beauty that’s ever been deeply embedded in society. She embraces the fact that as a woman, you don’t ...read more
The challenges of reporting in Africa
March 12, 2015
Journalist and blogger, Chika Oduah, talks about the risks of being a journalist in Africa today and the notion that journalism thrives on bad news. Read it at ...read more
Lebanese TV presenter cuts short interview with sexist Islamist scholar
March 10, 2015
A video has gone viral of a Lebanese television presenter who cut short an interview with a London-based Islamist scholar after he told her to “shut up”. Rima ...read more
Where hypervisibility meets true transformation in the arts
March 6, 2015
Gender bias in the South African art sector favours women, but the “hypervisibility” of a handful of black artists and curators obscures the fact that true transformation is ...read more
Life seems short, says world’s oldest person at 117
March 6, 2015
The year Misao Okawa was born, Queen Victoria was on the British throne and the Spanish-American war was in its infancy. She married almost a century ago and ...read more
Nelisiwe Xaba makes her moves on the politics of exoticism
March 4, 2015
“I have to be a feminist; every day should be a protest day,” proclaims dancer, choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba. It’s weeks ahead of the 27th Dance Umbrella and the ...read more
Talking Heads: Ory Okolloh
March 3, 2015
Ory Okolloh, founder of software company Ushahidi, is one of eight black women named as The 100 Most Influential People in 2014 by Time Magazine. Okolloh is a ...read more