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Egypt’s Cabinet Toughens Law Banning Female Genital Mutilation

Egypt’s Cabinet Toughens Law Banning Female Genital Mutilation

 Perpetrators could be jailed for up to 20 years under amendments aimed at stamping out the ancient practice Egypt’s cabinet has toughened a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) – imposing jail terms of up to 20 years as part of efforts to stamp out the ancient practice. Nearly 90% of Egyptian women and girls […]

When the World Unites to End Violence Against Women

When the World Unites to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls is a global human rights challenge which must be fought to a standstill, JOY YESUFU writes. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the frontlines showed that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have escalated. The trend is described as […]

Price Of Marriage Pushes Land Out Of Reach In Sri Lanka

Price Of Marriage Pushes Land Out Of Reach In Sri Lanka

It was another day of agony for Rizeena, as she waited with her family at their home in eastern Sri Lanka to meet yet another potential husband for her sister – the 46th time they have tried to find someone to marry her in the past decade. Most of these meetings last only a few […]

Amref Saves 450 Girls From FGM In Tanga

Amref Saves 450 Girls From FGM In Tanga

AT least 450 Maasai girls in Handeni district, Tanga region have been saved from undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). According to Amref Health Africa Tanzania, which runs the “Stop FGM-Elimisha” project in the area, they aim at eliminating the practice by providing education to the residents on the side effect of the exercise. “A total […]

Botswana Cabinet To Intensify Fight Against GBV

Botswana Cabinet To Intensify Fight Against GBV

President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi says given the high levels of victimization and infliction of pain, suffering and abuse, Botswana needed more than 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV). Marking the beginning of 16 days of activism against GBV at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone yesterday, President Masisi said there was need for cabinet to […]

Pakistani Police Rescue Christian Teen Forced To Convert, Marry

Pakistani Police Rescue Christian Teen Forced To Convert, Marry

Pakistani police have rescued a missing Christian teenager who was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a 44-year-old Muslim man, her family said on Tuesday after the case sparked street protests and outrage on social media. A court in the city of Karachi ordered police to free the 13-year-old and arrest the man […]

Netflix Shines Light On Nigerian Sex Trafficking

Netflix Shines Light On Nigerian Sex Trafficking

Set in the shady underworld of Lagos brothels, Nigerian thriller Òlòtūré gives viewers an inside look at the sex trafficking schemes that ensnare thousands of Nigerian women each year. The film is fictional but aims for a realistic and gritty picture to raise awareness of what is a persistent and little-discussed problem, said 36-year-old director […]

Keeping Girls In School Seen Worth Billions To Developing Nations

Keeping Girls In School Seen Worth Billions To Developing Nations

Making sure all girls are finishing secondary education by 2030 could boost the gross domestic product (GDP) of developing countries by 10% on average over the next decade, a report said on Tuesday. Every $1 spent on girls’ rights and education would generate a $2.80 return – equivalent to billions of dollars in extra GDP, […]

Child Marriages Remain A Major Challenge In South African Development Community

Child Marriages Remain A Major Challenge In South African Development Community

There has been a flurry of legal battles to end child marriages in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region over the past few years. Successes have been scored on the legal front at both regional and national levels but equally so there have been some noticeable barriers in the fight against child marriages. In […]

Kenyan Men Take Lead In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Kenyan Men Take Lead In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Organisations involved in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and outdated cultural practices are now increasingly involving men owing to their influence in the African family setup. Men Engage Kenya Network (Menken), in partnership with Isiolo County Government, is undertaking a male-led advocacy campaign that seeks to engage 2,000 men in dealing with GBV cases, […]

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