Keren Mikva

  • 12 Things You Need to Know About Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trials

    By Keren Mikva, 10:12 am AFKI Original

    Mass vacccines against Ebola are by no means a given. Several clinical trials are underway in West Africa, but the World Health Organization won’t decide until August at the earliest whether or not mass vaccinations are recommended for the virus. The final say on introducing a vaccine will be made by the affected countries, according to WHO.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Africa’s Only Gaelic Football Team

    By Keren Mikva, 10:12 am AFKI Original

    Gaelic football has worked to provide opportunities for youth in South African townships of Tembisa and Alexandra. The plan is to expand into Durban, Cape Town, and Pretoria. While the main goal is to find and train promising young players, members also serve underprivileged communities. In Africa, the sport is rarely heard of, let alone played. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Africa’s only professional Gaelic football team.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Sahrawi Of Western Sahara

    By Keren Mikva, 9:29 am AFKI Original

    Each year, industry leaders join the Sahrawi people in an Algerian refugee camp for the FiSahara International Film Festival. It provides opportunities for education for the Sahrawi and raises awareness about their struggle, as well as the ongoing humanitarian crises in the refugee camps. The Sahrawi have endured decades of conflict without self determination. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Sahrawi of Western Sahara.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ghana Bamboo Bikes CEO Winifred Selby

    By Keren Mikva, 9:49 am AFKI Original

    At age 20, she is helping solve transportation problems, helping the environment and making money manufacturing bamboo bicycles. Politicians love riding her bikes — it makes them look good. She’s inspiring young female entrepreneurs around the world. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Ghana Bamboo Bikes CEO Winifred Selby.

  • Sub-Saharan African Countries With Fewest Women In Parliament

    By Keren Mikva, 11:38 am AFKI Original

    Many African countries improved gender equity in government and the economy. Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria is not one of them. Just 7 percent of the Nigerian parliament was represented by women as of 2014. The country can only hope the next administration will bring reform to gender equity in government. These are 12 sub-Saharan African countries with the fewest women in parliament.

  • A Closer Look At Thando’s Shoe Company Co-Founder, Taffi Woolward

    By Keren Mikva, 8:06 am AFKI Original

    Taffi Woolward, the co-founder of Thando’s, is one of the most exciting young female entrepreneurs in Africa. Her shoe company just recently launched in December 2014, and already has the business and fashion worlds buzzing. Here are twelve things you didn’t know about Taffi Woolward and her Thando’s brand.

  • 12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With Most Women In Parliament

    By Keren Mikva, 2:08 am AFKI Original

    Women are notoriously underrepresented in government, occupying just 21.9 percent of all elected parliamentary seats worldwide. In the U.S., that number is even lower, at just 18 percent. The following countries in sub-Saharan Africa have managed to buck the trend. They are including women in politics and creating significant roles for female politicians through advocacy, quota systems, and citizens’ desire for real change.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Libyan Leader Nouri Abusahmain

    By Keren Mikva, 6:36 am AFKI Original

    Since former president Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown in the Libyan Revolution in August 2011, Abusahmain has been at the heart of a power struggle in Libya – at times serving as the rightfully elected interim leader, and others as the head of a rival faction engaged in armed conflict to control the political affairs of the country.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria’s Presidential Campaigns

    By Keren Mikva, 6:35 pm AFKI Original

    A Chicago consulting firm’s involvement in the All Progressive Congress prompted comparisons between Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign and U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2007 campaign. “They have run…a well disciplined message campaign, running on a clear and singular message of change,” a source said. “It sounds very familiar to another campaign some Americans might remember from seven years ago…these guys are running a Western-style, Western-directed campaign that has identified a message through polling and research.” Nigeria’s presidential campaigns have been complicated, expensive and postponed, pushing up costs even further. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about the campaigns.

  • 12 Things To Know About The Kidnapped Boys In South Sudan

    By Keren Mikva, 2:47 pm AFKI Original

    Both sides of South Sudan’s most recent civil war – forces loyal to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and those to his former deputy, Riek Machar – are thought to be using child soldiers in battle. The U.N. Security Council threatened sanctions if a peace deal wasn’t reached. Multiple deadlines for peace have come and gone. Here are 12 things to know about the kidnapped boys in South Sudan.