The UN says gender inequality endangers inclusive human development and costs the region of sub-Saharan Africa an average of $95 billion a year.
Zimbabwean police fired tear gas and used water cannons on opposition leaders and hundreds of demonstrators at a protest against President Robert Mugabe.
Police have disregarded a court order to battle anti-government protesters in the Zimbabwean capitla of Harare.
The car bomb death toll in Somalia has risen to 10.

49,000 children to die in Nigeria

Almost half a million children in Nigeria's Borno state, Boko Haram's heartland, will die this year if they do not receive treatment, the UN says.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has committed to find ways to ramp up military assistance to help Nigeria defeat the extremist group Boko Haram,
The Nigerian air force has claimed to have killed at least three senior commanders of Boko Haram in a series of airstrikes.
Nigeria's military has claimed to have seriously injured Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau and killed other commanders in an airstrike on the Islamist...
US Secretary of State has arrived in Nairobi - his second visit since May 2015 - for talks with African leaders on South Sudan, security and terrorism.
Al Shabaab suicide bombers have killed more than 20 people at a local government headquarters in Somalia's autonomous Puntland region.
Three civilians have been killed and around 20 others wounded in a suicide attack in northern Cameroon.
A suicide car bomb attack at the local government headquarters in Somalia's Galkayo town has killed at least 10 people.
An internal UN document says a senior South Sudanese politician has led the recruitment of an entire village of boys as child soliders using intimidation.
When the murder sentencing appeal for Oscar Pistorius returns to court his lawyers will argue "enough is enough".
At least eight people have been killed in two suicide car bombings in the former Islamic State stronghold of Sirte in Libya.

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