Few women in Kenya have land title documents and, because getting a loan from a mainstream bank requires collateral — typically in the form of a land title document — most women are locked out of the chance to start a business
In this episode of Straight Talk Africa host Shaka Ssali explores the way transitions of power take place in the continent. He is joined by Dr. Hashim El-Tinay, founder and president of the International Peace Quest Institute, Manal Taha, anthropologist and conflict analysis expert and VOA reporter Abdourahmane Dia who is covering the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Starting this month, Chinese fishing vessels are allowed to exploit the open waters off the Somali coast, following the granting of licenses by Somalia's government last month. Somali authorities say the permits will reduce illegal foreign fishing and help boost the economy. But Somali fishermen worry the Chinese vessels now have the license to dominate the trade. Mohamed Sheikh Nor reports from Mogadishu.
In rural Malawi, families send girls as young as 12 years old for “initiation,” a traditional, cultural practice that marks a child’s entry into adulthood. But child rights campaigners say the ritual entices young girls into early sex, marriage, and teenage pregnancy - forcing many to drop out of school. One local organization is seeking to change this by teaching initiation counselors to give girls age-appropriate information. Lameck Masina reports from Mulanje.