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School Ban On Expectant Teens ‘Skewed’ Against Girls’ Education

School Ban On Expectant Teens ‘Skewed’ Against Girls’ Education

Burundi’s ban on pregnant girls and expectant teen fathers attending school is not only a violation against children’s right to education, but also unfairly discriminates against girls, campaigners said on Wednesday. The ministry of education in Burundi last week issued a directive to provincial authorities saying pregnant teens and young mums, as well as the […]

Fear Casts Shadow Over Burundi Vote On Extending President’s Rule

Fear Casts Shadow Over Burundi Vote On Extending President’s Rule

Burundians stood in long lines on Thursday to vote in a referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power to 2034, deepening fears of political repression and ethnic conflict in the heart of Africa’s Great Lakes. Nearly half a million people have fled since Nkurunziza, a 54-year-old former sports teacher and ethnic Hutu […]

Burundi To Vote In Referendum That Could Let President Hold Power To 2034

Burundi To Vote In Referendum That Could Let President Hold Power To 2034

Burundians vote on Thursday in a referendum that would let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034, raising fears of deeper political repression and ethnic conflict in the Great Lakes nation only a generation after the Rwandan genocide. Nearly half a million have fled since Nkurunziza won a third term in a violent election […]

U.S. Denounces Burundi Political Violence Ahead Of Vote

U.S. Denounces Burundi Political Violence Ahead Of Vote

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday denounced recent political violence in Burundi ahead of the country’s May 17 referendum to amend its constitution and expressed concerns that the vote to extend its president’s term in office could hurt its democratic institutions. “We denounce the numerous instances of violence, intimidation, and harassment committed against perceived opponents […]

Women Represented At 6 Percent In Media, Says Afjo

Women Represented At 6 Percent In Media, Says Afjo

Burundian women journalists say they are not sufficiently represented. They accuse media officials of underestimating them. The Association of Burundian Women Journalists calls on media officials to increase the representation and participation of women in the media. The number of male journalist is far superior to that of women, Agnès Nindorera, Chairperson of AFJO said […]

Women Need To Contribute To Their Country’s Development

Women Need To Contribute To Their Country’s Development

Women’s network calls for a balanced participation of men and women in decision-making and peace consolidation dialogue. They have launched a common agenda for all Burundian women this September 5th 2017. In their program, Women’s Network focuses on an effective involvement of Burundian women in peace preservation. They say women have significant contribution to the […]

Women Lawyers Association Calls On Ladies To Be Careful When Choosing Partners

Women Lawyers Association Calls On Ladies To Be Careful When Choosing Partners

Quarrels break out in some families as a consequence of the President’s order for couples to legalize their marriage. First wives ask for the review of the law that governs marriage in Burundi. Many couples rush to commune offices to marry. The problem arises when the husband has more than one wife and chooses to […]

Beyonce Joins Forces With UNICEF For Children’s Water Project in Burundi

Beyonce Joins Forces With UNICEF For Children’s Water Project in Burundi

Pop icon Beyonce is throwing her superstar power behind a new effort to bring safe, clean water to children in Burundi in a partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency said on Friday. Plans call for the project, BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, to help build wells and improve hygiene education and water and sanitation facilities in schools, […]

UN Rights Chief Alarmed By Rape Chants In Burundi

UN Rights Chief Alarmed By Rape Chants In Burundi

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has expressed outrage at an apparent widespread pattern of rallies in several provinces across Burundi, where young men from the Imbonerakure militia – the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents. According to […]

Burundi: Environment Minister Shot Dead In Capital

Burundi: Environment Minister Shot Dead In Capital

Police have arrested a woman in connection to the assassination of a government minister, authorities said. Burundi has witnessed a period of political violence that has left 500 people dead and 300,000 others displaced. Minutes after midnight local time, a gunman shot and killed Burundi’s Environment Minister Emmanuel Niyokuru, police said in a statement on […]

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