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Supreme Court Shut Down As Judiciary Workers Begin Strike

Supreme Court Shut Down As Judiciary Workers Begin Strike

The action is expected to be replicated across all Nigerian courts on Tuesday. Judiciary workers Tuesday morning shut down the Supreme Court in Abuja, in line with their threat to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike to press for financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government. The development came as a defiance to the […]

New Zealand Passes Miscarriages Bereavement Leave Law

New Zealand Passes Miscarriages Bereavement Leave Law

New Zealand’s parliament has passed legislation giving mothers and their partners the right to paid leave following a miscarriage or stillbirth, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. The bereavement allowance, passed unanimously in parliament late on Wednesday, gives employees three days leave when a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth without […]

French Actor Depardieu Placed Under Sexual Violence Investigation – Judicial Source

French Actor Depardieu Placed Under Sexual Violence Investigation – Judicial Source

 French actor Gerard Depardieu was placed under formal investigation on charges of rape and sexual violence in December last year, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday. A lawyer representing the 72-year-old Depardieu, one of France’s most prolific and famous actors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment left by Reuters at his […]

Women Inch Towards Equal Legal Rights Despite COVID-19 Risks, World Bank says

Women Inch Towards Equal Legal Rights Despite COVID-19 Risks, World Bank says

Women gained legal rights in nearly 30 countries last year despite disruption due to COVID-19, but governments must do more to ease the disproportionate burden shouldered by women during the pandemic, the World Bank said on Tuesday. Nations should prioritise gender equality in economic recovery efforts, the bank said, warning that progress on equal rights […]

‘Zero Tolerance’ for School Sex Offences

‘Zero Tolerance’ for School Sex Offences

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has zero-tolerance for teachers or staff members accused of sexual offences against pupils, said executive director Sanet Steenkamp. She said this at a time student organisations have accused the ministry of neglecting its duty to protect pupils from sexual predators. “I want to state that the ministry upon […]

Australia Promises Quick, Independent Probe After Third Rape Accusation

Australia Promises Quick, Independent Probe After Third Rape Accusation

 Australia will quickly deliver the result of a planned independent inquiry into parliament’s workplace culture, the government said on Monday, as pressure grows after a newspaper published a third accusation of rape. Two female employees of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal party said last week they had been raped by the same man in 2019 […]

UK Urged To Make Strangulation A Crime Under Domestic Abuse Bill

UK Urged To Make Strangulation A Crime Under Domestic Abuse Bill

British lawmakers said on Tuesday women’s lives could be saved if non-fatal strangulation was recognised as a specific offence, amid renewed fears of domestic violence under a new lockdown. Debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill in the upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, coincided with the first day of a third lockdown, which will […]

Swaziland Police Violence As They Break Up Gatherings During Coronavirus Crackdown

Swaziland Police Violence As They Break Up Gatherings During Coronavirus Crackdown

Police in Swaziland (eSwatini) used whips, batons and teargas to break up groups of revellers who had gathered together breaking new stricter coronavirus regulations. Police in the capital city Mbabane and the industrial town of Matsapha were reportedly patrolling streets on the lookout for people breaking the rules introduced on Friday (18 December 2020.) They […]

Denmark Strengthens Rape Laws, Outlaws Sex Without Explicit Consent

Denmark Strengthens Rape Laws, Outlaws Sex Without Explicit Consent

Denmark strengthened its rape laws on Thursday by criminalising sex without explicit consent. The new law passed by parliament widened the circumstances that could constitute rape – under the old legislation, prosecutors had to show the rapist had used violence or attacked someone who was unable to resist. “Now it will be clear, that if […]

Abolish P3 Form Charges for GBV Cases, Plead Women

Abolish P3 Form Charges for GBV Cases, Plead Women

Women activists in Kilifi have called upon the County government to abolish the Sh3,000 charged for P3 forms in cases of domestic violence. They said the amount is too high for vulnerable girls and women and that it has denied them justice, especially at this time when domestic violence cases are on the rise in […]

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