n African Renaissance - Women's Liberation : key to ending child misery in Africa - : Africa and the world

Volume 3, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


As an African woman, I feel very much obliged to write about this rather sensitive subject and I'm hoping it will open up debate and invite opinions on how we should protect the basic human rights of children in poor countries, particularly in Africa. Many of my African female friends and colleagues agree with this but they also realise there are many complexities surrounding the issue. In the course of my awareness campaign about the current food crisis in the horn of Africa, many people that have seen the extremely distressing images of severely malnourished children on TV have asked me why African women continue to have children without any means of looking after them. Aid agencies have launched numerous appeals, asking for money to help mobilise food distribution efforts. Children's agencies such as UNICEF have also reminded us that children are particularly vulnerable.

However, this is not the first time that we have seen such images, unless drastic steps are taken, we will still see more of these images in decades to come. We cannot confront this subject without looking back at some of the reasons why Africa is the way it is today : unfair Western policies, corruption, colonialism, male superiority, illiteracy - just to mention a few. This is an issue that should call for urgent action & change.

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