Earlier this month, the African Union backed a mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Those who want out accuse the court of focusing too much on Africa and barely on any Western nations. If they do, African women seeking justice could suffer the consequences.
In the 1940s, the first African American women entered NACA's “computing pools." Some later became managers or engineers at NASA, and all made crucial — but often little-known — contributions to the math that put Americans in space.
When she was 14, Xiomara picked up a gun and joined Colombia's Marxist guerrilla group, the FARC. She stayed in the wilderness for 15 years. Now she faces the challenges of thousands of other women who have left the rebel group: how to come back.
As part of The Ninth Month, PRI.org is inviting you to share the lullabies your remember best. Was it one you sung to your own child? Or maybe one your remember your mom singing to a sibling. Share a link to a video or even sing right into your computer.
Local leaders in Nigeria's northeast say there have been reports of gunmen crossing into Cameroon and Chad with some of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago. Nigerian author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says the tragedy is uniting Nigerians of diverse ethnicities and religions.
The situation in Nigeria is bad. More than 200 school girls were kidnapped earlier this month and so far haven't been rescued. Now there are reports of forced weddings and of the girls being taken across the border into neighboring countries.
Births started in homes, moved to hospitals and are now moving back to homes, at least in the developed world. More parents are choosing places that aren't hospitals for giving birth — and that presents new risks and complications.
The kidnapping of more than 250 schoolgirls from their villages in the north of Nigeria has brought international attention to Boco Haram, the military group responsible for the abductions. Negotiating to release the girls, however, will become a delicate balance.
The Nigerian Islamic militant movement Boko Haram has threatened to sell several hundred kidnapped girls into slavery. That would suggest there's a market for slaves in Africa's Sahel region. Which — you might be surprised to hear — actually does exist.