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President Hage Geingob Calls People To Rally Against Gender Based Violence

President Hage Geingob Calls People To Rally Against Gender Based Violence

Although there has been progress in achieving gender equality, the country needs to do more against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), President Hage Geingob determines. The President said in the observance of International Women’s Day on Friday. GBV is generally accepted as one of the most urgent issues facing Namibian society and policymakers. It has been long […]

Lucy Kalapura Is Fighting To End Sexual Abuse In India’s Churches Despite Threats

Lucy Kalapura Is Fighting To End Sexual Abuse In India’s Churches Despite Threats

When Bishop Franco Mulakkal returned to the Jalandhar diocese in October after spending 21 days in jail, his supporters welcomed him back with massive garlands and showers of rose petals. As images of the hero’s welcome given to the rape-accused priest filled her TV screen and social media timeline, something snapped in sister Lucy Kalapura. The 52 […]

The Long Term Devastating Effects of Sexual Abuse Young Survivors

Over the past few years there have been numerous stories, articles, revelations of rapes, and other sexual abuses on very young girls. This trend continues unabated.  It has almost begun to feel uncomfortably and perversely as if it is the norm and as with other forms of violence against women, that it is just the […]

Nuns Launch Campaign Against Domestic Violence

Nuns Launch Campaign Against Domestic Violence

 In a bid to end domestic violence in Kabarole District, nuns of the Holy Cross Sisters family Virika have initiated community debates to increase awareness about the vice. The move has been prompted by the increasing cases of domestic violence in Karangura Sub-county, a challenge they say is hindering development in the area. Rev sister […]

Without Safe Houses, Girls Will Be Cut

Without Safe Houses, Girls Will Be Cut

 “Without safe houses, girls will be cut,” said human rights activist Rhobi Samwelly, who runs two safe houses for girls in the Butiama and Serengeti districts of Tanzania’s largely rural Mara region. “During the cutting season, you can’t get protection in the community,” she explained. In parts of Tanzania where female genital mutilation (FGM) is […]

Catholic Priest Apologises After Three Decades to Man Who Shared Sexual Abuse Story

Catholic Priest Apologises After Three Decades to Man Who Shared Sexual Abuse Story

An 84-year-old Catholic priest broke his silence after three decades to apologise to Limpopo-born William Segodisho, who recently shared his story about the sexual abuse he suffered while in his teens. Segodisho, 46, told the media at a briefing on Wednesday how father Adam O’Connor* sexually groomed him from 1985 to 1989. The two had […]

Young Women Must Come Out And Shame Their Abusers

Young Women Must Come Out And Shame Their Abusers

About 80 girls and women marched in Duncan Village at the weekend to protest against women abuse and gender-based violence in the township. The march, on 8 September, was organised by the Ikhayalethu Girls’ Club in Duncan Village, supported by Bumb’ ingomso, which is part of the Small Projects Foundation, and the Buffalo City Metropolitan […]

Zimbabwe’s Female Artistes ‘Fed Up’ With Abuse

Zimbabwe’s Female Artistes ‘Fed Up’ With Abuse

Local female artistes are fed up with sexual harassment, intimidation, non-payment and fake promises that make their working conditions difficult. Mutare-based actress and filmmaker Amanda Ranganawa said this recently in an interview with The Herald. “While there has been many a song and dance about women empowerment, there continues to be little or even no […]

Government Turns A Blind Eye To Mission Sexual Abuse In Manica

Government Turns A Blind Eye To Mission Sexual Abuse In Manica

Mozambique’s government and international institutions turned a blind eye to 30 years of sexual abuse at a Christian mission orphanage in Manica, according to an investigation by Estacio Valoi, probably Mozambique’s best investigative journalist. Australian pastor Roy Perkins has been in charge of Maforga Mission for 30 years. Valoi reports that abuse of children in […]

Nine Years In Al-Shabaab Camp – The Story Of A Strong Woman

Nine Years In Al-Shabaab Camp – The Story Of A Strong Woman

Her arms lie outstretched on the table before her. The next moment, she has withdrawn them, folding them in towards her body. Her eyes focus. Unfocus. Focus again. Her shoulders are hunched, her voice monotone, her attention disinterested at best, absent at worst. The dark skin of her face and hands – all that can […]

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