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The Urgency Need For A Revolutionised Sex Education

The Urgency Need For A Revolutionised Sex Education

Fatima, who was 14, sat opposite me. There was a defiance to her body language, yet a vulnerability that made me want to tell her it was okay to cry. She was telling me how, in the course of the past year, she had dropped out of the school theatre club, no longer had any […]

Sexual Violence Takes A Huge Increase In South Sudan

Sexual Violence Takes A Huge Increase In South Sudan

The U.N. official who combats sexual violence in conflict said Tuesday that such atrocities have “escalated dramatically” in South Sudan this year and that accountability is needed to prevent more rapes. “In 2018, there has been a clear and alarming increase in the number of cases and victims of conflict-related sexual violence documented,” Pramila Patten […]

‘Sexual Violence, FGM On The Increase In Sudan’

‘Sexual Violence, FGM On The Increase In Sudan’

 A Sudanese human rights organisation has highlighted an increase in sexual and physical violence against women and children in the country, as well as endemic female genital mutilation (FGM). Speaking at the launch of the 16-day Women’s Initiative and Building Trust campaign to combat violence against women in Khartoum on Thursday evening, Nahid Jabrallah, the […]

A Message To The MTM Community Regarding Sexual Assault At the More Than Me Academy

A Message To The MTM Community Regarding Sexual Assault At the More Than Me Academy

To all the girls who were raped by Macintosh Johnson in 2014 and before: we failed you. We gave Johnson power that he exploited to abuse children. Those power dynamics broke staff ability to report the abuse to our leadership immediately. Our leadership should have recognized the signs earlier and we have and will continue […]

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 […]

Absence Of Female Police Officers Hampering Fight Against Sexual Violence

Absence Of Female Police Officers Hampering Fight Against Sexual Violence

The absence of female police officers at majority of the police posts in the districts of Gomba and Mukono, is hampering the fight against sexual violence against women, an official has said. Ms Noor Nakibuuka Musisi, an official from a Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, explained earlier today that the absence of the […]

Creating Workplace Structures Against Sexual Violence

Creating Workplace Structures Against Sexual Violence

It’s time that the social justice sector strengthened its own response to sexual harassment and misconduct. Here, Sonke grapples with the difficult questions that must still be answered if we are to stem harassment in the workplace, every workplace, and reflects on our approach. We hope that our journey, and that of other organisations wrestling […]

The Debate On Bride Price – The Threat Of Staying Or Paying

The Debate On Bride Price – The Threat Of Staying Or Paying

A few days ago, Noura Hussein, a 19-year old Sudanese woman, was sentenced to death by a court in Omdurman for stabbing to death the man to whom she was forcibly married as he was in the process of raping her. She had been with him for six days when he raped her the first […]

Nigeria’s Military Committed War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity – Amnesty

Nigeria’s Military Committed War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity – Amnesty

Nigeria’s military has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity including torture, rape and killing civilians during its fight against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. The crimes were perpetrated for years and have continued despite a presidential inquiry established last August whose findings have not been made public, […]

Victims Of Sexual Violence Lack Victim Friendly Interviewing Rooms

Victims Of Sexual Violence Lack Victim Friendly Interviewing Rooms

This statement follows an oversight visits to Camperdown and Mpophomeni Police Stations by DA Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele MP , DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison, Dr Rishigen Viranna MPL and DA KZN DAWN Leader, Shehana Kajee. Please find soundbites in English and IsiZulu by Mr Mbhele. Following our parliamentary reply […]

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