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African Fashion Industry on the Rise but Needs Investment UNESCO Reports

UNESCO’s Director, Audry Azoulay, reported that Africa can become an emerging fashion leader, but greater support must be made for the workers and the overall industry. The report was presented at the 2023 Lagos Fashion Week and displayed that the African fashion industry can increase by 25% if the authorities figure out ways to improve investment, sourcing costs, right and legislations.

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Benin Passes Law Legalizing Abortion

On October 20th the West African Nation of Benin passed a law that would legalize abortion. Previously abortion was legal in Benin only in cases of rape, incest, or serious health concerns, the new law passed through parliament after heated debate will allow for termination up to three months in cases where the pregnancy was, “likely to aggravate or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with the interests of the woman and/or the unborn child.”

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Death of More Soldiers Further Shakes French Involvement in Sahel

n attack by an unidentified extremist group left 14 Burkina Faso soldiers dead in their country’s portion of the Sahel on November 11. The Sahel region, which stretches from Senegal in the West to Eritrea in the East, has experienced an increase in violence from extremist groups like al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State, leading to the deaths of over 2,000 people in Burkina Faso alone.

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