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NHRC Begins Hearing Over Alleged Harassment Of Women

NHRC Begins Hearing Over Alleged Harassment Of Women

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced hearing on the alleged harassment of women during the recent raids of nightclubs in Abuja. The hearing, which commenced on Thursday, was presided over by the Executive Secretary of the agency, Tony Ojukwu. Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and representatives of over 72 rights […]

Serial Rapist Nabbed In Zimbabwe

Serial Rapist Nabbed In Zimbabwe

Police have arrested a 36-year-old man in the Southerton industrial area of Harare in connection with a spate of rape and robbery cases which occurred between November 2018 and April 2019 targeting women vendors. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest. “On 17th April 2019 the man was arrested by alert police […]

MPs In Kenya To Vote On Two-Thirds Gender Bill on Wednesday

MPs In Kenya To Vote On Two-Thirds Gender Bill on Wednesday

The National Assembly will on Wednesday take a vote on the elusive two-thirds gender bill. The bill seeks to bridge the gender disparity in parliament by providing for extra nomination slots for women. The Constitution says that no gender shall be more than two thirds both in elective and appointive positions in public service. Out […]

‘I Want All My Rapists Arrested’ – Babalwa

‘I Want All My Rapists Arrested’ – Babalwa

Babalwa* says she has been raped many times. Despite laying charges and even getting to court, the cases against her assailants have never gone anywhere. One case, which she opened in 2006, was struck off the court roll. She says the investigating officer never bothered to inform her of this. GroundUp tried to establish why […]

Buhari Signs Law Banning Discrimination Against Persons With Disability

Buhari Signs Law Banning Discrimination Against Persons With Disability

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed into law a legislation that will henceforth criminalise common discriminations against persons with disabilities. The Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act would see corporate entities and individuals face excruciating sanctions if found guilty of discriminating against persons with impairments, according to Ita Enang, the president’s National Assembly liaison […]

Dowry Is A Debt Enforceable By Law

Dowry Is A Debt Enforceable By Law

In the past year, courts all over the world made judgments in cases that will have far-reaching consequences for countries. In some cases, the monumental decisions will have effects beyond national borders, and will turn hitherto established social structures on their heads. In Kenya, a magistrate’s court made a decision that may turn the essence […]

Chinese ‘Jack The Ripper’ Executed For Murdering 11 Girls And Women

Chinese ‘Jack The Ripper’ Executed For Murdering 11 Girls And Women

A Chinese serial killer dubbed the country’s ‘Jack the Ripper’ has been executed for the murder of 11 girls and women. Gao Chengyong was found guilty of multiple counts of murder, rape, robbery and the mutilation of corpses between 1988 and 2002. Many of his victims had their hands, ears and genitals cut off. He […]

Votes On Two-Thirds Gender Bill Postponed Amid Quorum Fears

Votes On Two-Thirds Gender Bill Postponed Amid Quorum Fears

 National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has stood down the vote on the two-thirds gender bill after the House failed to meet the threshold needed for the bill to sail through. Muturi says the House Business Committee will set a new date for the vote next week Tuesday after MPs failed to raise 233 members required […]

‘Abominable Acts Of Violence Against Women Must Cease’

‘Abominable Acts Of Violence Against Women Must Cease’

Today, around the world an annual call is renewed to end the horrific reality of violence against women. It is unacceptable, not least in the 21st century that women and girls in every corner of the globe continue to face the prospect of violence. Among the chilling range of violence committed against them are sexual […]

A Law Isn’t Enough To Stop Domestic Violence

A Law Isn’t Enough To Stop Domestic Violence

Twenty years after the Domestic Violence Act was passed, intimate partner violence remains a serious problem in South Africa. Victims of domestic violence, the police and shelters face numerous challenges in responding to the crisis. The problem is aggravated by poor parliamentary oversight and difficulties in holding the police accountable for their shortcomings. It is […]

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