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4, 148 Girls Rescued From FGM As 1,473 Fall Victim

4, 148 Girls Rescued From FGM As 1,473 Fall Victim

A total of 1,473 girls out of the 5,621 who were lined up for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Serengeti District, underwent FGM during the circumcision season at last year’s end. The girls underwent the female cut after their parents, relatives and traditional leaders managed to evade the hurdles against the practice spearhearded by NGOs […]

Uganda: Rapists Deserve Death – Museveni

Uganda: Rapists Deserve Death – Museveni

 President Yoweri Museveni has condemned rape in the strongest terms possible suggesting that rapists deserve to be killed. Mr Museveni made the remarks during celebrations to mark 36th Tarehe Sita Anniversary at Boma Grounds, Apac District, on Monday. “A rapist is a killer and he deserves to be killed,” he said. “The reason UPDF has […]

Canada Lifts Silence On FGM

Canada Lifts Silence On FGM

Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE, CEO and founder of Orchid Project, a charity working to end female genital cutting (FGC), recently visited the Canadian capital Ottawa with British-Somali activist Hibo Wardere to press for Canadian investment in ending FGC. In the world of social change, there are always new opportunities. The taboo nature of FGC means that […]

Sierra Leone: Govt Urged to Ban FGM After Death of Teenage Girl

Sierra Leone: Govt Urged to Ban FGM After Death of Teenage Girl

 Sierra Leone has the one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in 10 women and adolescent girls cut, says U.N. The death of a teenage girl in Sierra Leone during a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure performed by a women-run secret society should spur the West African nation to ban […]

President Mutharika Orders Arrest of HIV-Infected Man Paid to Devirginise Girls in Malawi

President Mutharika Orders Arrest of HIV-Infected Man Paid to Devirginise Girls in Malawi

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva, an HIV-infected man in Nsanje district of the southern Malawi who has the job of devirginising girls who had just their first menstruation. Aniva, a Malawian in his forties, is what’s known as a ‘hyena’ – a man paid to have sex with young […]

Africa!Stand Up For And Invest In Teenage Girls, UN Says On World Population Day

Africa!Stand Up For And Invest In Teenage Girls, UN Says On World Population Day

Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing […]

‘Bad Blood’ Fears Fuel Abuse of Children Born of Boko Haram Rape

‘Bad Blood’ Fears Fuel Abuse of Children Born of Boko Haram Rape

Having been kidnapped by Boko Haram, held for almost a year, and raped by several militants, 28-year-old Aisha Umar could have been forgiven for believing her ordeal was over when she escaped and returned to her hometown in northeast Nigeria last year. But the mother-of-four was forced to flee her home in the town of […]

Tanzania: Partners Launch Project To Safeguard Girls’ Rights In Mara, Mwanza

Tanzania: Partners Launch Project To Safeguard Girls’ Rights In Mara, Mwanza

 Several international and local partners have jointly launched the second phase of a project dubbed Mobilising Action to Safeguard the Rights of girls in Tanzania. The project is designed to curb multiple forms of gender based violence (GBV) in three districts of Mara and Mwanza regions. The targeted districts are Tarime, Musoma and Ilemela. The […]