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LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

Simbo: I like this statement. Listen (reads from her phone) ‘Pregnant school girls should be allowed to stay in school. Sending them away while allowing boys who impregnate them to stay is discriminatory’. Jerry: This is true, it is not right to stop the education of girls when they get pregnant. Afterall, they did not […]

We Celebrate The Women Fighting For The Rights Of Women And Girls

We Celebrate The Women Fighting For The Rights Of Women And Girls

In December 2018, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people all over the world will come together to write letters, scribble postcards, draw pictures and send emails – all of them focused on one thing: making change happen. They will be taking part in one of the biggest campaigns for human rights in the world: Write […]

Let’s Respect Women And Children As We Celebrate 70th Human Rights Day – George Morara

Let’s Respect Women And Children As We Celebrate 70th Human Rights Day – George Morara

Calls for respect to children, women and the most vulnerable people in the society dominated the 70th celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was marked on Monday at the University of Nairobi. Speaking during the event, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Vice Chairperson George Morara called on the public to […]

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling […]

Rape Laws Offer Little Protection

Rape Laws Offer Little Protection

  The world over, laws to protect rape victims are paper tigers, often enacted but rarely enforced, a researcher said here. A bevy of international laws prohibit rape, and governments have been mandated under these laws to enact, implement, and monitor legislation that addresses all forms of violence against women, according to Olufunke Adesuwa Akiyode, […]

The Tale Of Senegal And Adolescent Girls

The Tale Of Senegal And Adolescent Girls

In October 2017, I traveled to a small village in southern Senegal. I was there to investigate persistent allegations of sexual abuse in secondary schools. There I met 16-year-old Aïssatou, who told me that her teacher had approached her at the beginning of the school year. “He told me, ‘What’s your name? Where are you […]

Congolese Doctor, Yazidi Activist Win Nobel Peace Prize For Combating Sexual Violence

Congolese Doctor, Yazidi Activist Win Nobel Peace Prize For Combating Sexual Violence

They were awarded the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others,” it […]

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Honrne Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. “I felt […]

Ghana’s Market Women Score Win Against Forced Eviction

Ghana’s Market Women Score Win Against Forced Eviction

 In a junk-strewn lot on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital, weary-looking street vendors gathered to hear their leader Vida Tangwam passionately protest their impending eviction. The women – among them high school drop-outs and single mothers – were usually treated like “nobody” by city authorities, Tangwam said. For decades street vendors have been forcibly, and […]

Parliament Disapproves Land Bill In Uganda

Parliament Disapproves Land Bill In Uganda

The Ugandan government last week withdrew from parliament a proposed constitutional amendment Bill that sought to allow compulsory acquisition of private land for infrastructural development. Article 26 of the Constitution provides that no person shall be compulsorily deprived of his property except after adequate compensation. The amendment proposed to insert a clause in the law […]

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