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Myanmar Protesters String Up Women’s Clothes For Protection

Myanmar Protesters String Up Women’s Clothes For Protection

Protesters in Myanmar have taken to stringing up women’s clothing on lines across the streets to slow down police and soldiers because walking beneath them is traditionally considered bad luck for men. The wraparound cloths, known as longyi, are hung on washing lines. Sometimes women’s underwear is used too. “The reason why we hang the […]

Coronavirus Fallout Traps More Congolese Girls In Sex Work

Coronavirus Fallout Traps More Congolese Girls In Sex Work

When Naomie’s mother asked the teenager to join her as a sex worker in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo last September, she knew it was a matter of survival for the family. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic – from rising food prices to a curfew resulting in fewer clients for her […]

Activists Are Working Together To Break The Silence On Intimate Partner Violence

Activists Are Working Together To Break The Silence On Intimate Partner Violence

Eight girls sit on straw mats in a dusty courtyard in Gaza province, southern Mozambique. They share their stories about abuse, violence and overcoming trauma. Celeste*, 21, a young woman with a gentle smile, leads the group. Her story resonates with the other girls: “I have been through abuse and I know how much it […]

Avoiding Unintended Pregnancies In Cash-Strapped Malawi

Avoiding Unintended Pregnancies In Cash-Strapped Malawi

In January, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, Malawi clang to the hope that the deadly disease stays outside its borders. But all the hope came crumbling when the country recorded its first case of COVID-19 at the beginning of April. With a weak health system characterized by frequent drug stock-outs and high […]

Hundreds of Schoolgirls Abducted in Raid

Hundreds of Schoolgirls Abducted in Raid

Gunmen have abducted hundreds of children in an attack on a boarding school. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his government would not “succumb to blackmail by bandits.” An armed gang abducted over 300 schoolgirls in an attack on a boarding school in northwestern Nigeria, authorities said on Friday. “There’s information that they were moved to […]

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation – a Dark Secret No More

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation – a Dark Secret No More

Survivors of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), are determined to share their stories to end this practice – even though they face ostracisation by their communities. Masooma Ranalvi, an FGM/C survivor and founder of ‘WeSpeakOut’, an organisation committed to eliminating FGM/C or khafd/khafz/khatna explains that FGM/C is practised by various communities in India but […]

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 […]

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