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Do Not Discharge, Withdraw Gender Based Violence Cases – Top Prosecutor Warns

Do Not Discharge, Withdraw Gender Based Violence Cases – Top Prosecutor Warns

Director of Public Prosecutions, Mary Kachale, has warned prosecuting agencies against discharging gender-based violence cases, saying even complainants have no powers to withdraw such cases. Speaking in Lilongwe, Kachale said gender-based violence cases are criminal therefore they are between the state and the suspects. “Even the victims, who are the complainants, should not come to […]

Iran Bans Foreign Social Media Networks In Schools

Iran Bans Foreign Social Media Networks In Schools

Iran’s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must “only use domestic social networks” for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news […]

These Women Have Been ‘Wired’ To Keep Quiet

These Women Have Been ‘Wired’ To Keep Quiet

 At the invitation of the Government of Sudan, I visited Sudan from 18 to 25 February 2018. The objective of the visit was to gain first-hand knowledge of the situation, assess the challenges of addressing conflict-related sexual violence in Sudan, and establish constructive dialogue with national authorities in this regard. It marked the first time […]

When Environmental Crisis Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

When Environmental Crisis Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan, her community saw crops failing and cattle dying. Children stopped going to school because of hunger and women and girls had to walk up to five hours every day to collect water. When resources for families […]

BitterSweet Victory For Women Facing Domestic Violence

BitterSweet  Victory For Women Facing Domestic Violence

A hotly-debated new law aimed at protecting women in Morocco against domestic violence does not go far enough, said women’s rights activists who have campaigned for reform for years. The law passed in the Muslim country earlier this month criminalises “harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women”, according to the women’s ministry. But […]

Suicide Bombers Kill 18, Injure 22 In Borno

Suicide Bombers Kill 18, Injure 22 In Borno

Three suicide bombers; two female and a male, sneaked into a fish market (Kasuwan Kifi) at Sabon Gari, remote community in Konduga Local Government at the outskirts of Maiduguri on Friday night, the police said. Commissioner of Police, Borno State, Mr Damian Chukwu said the bombers infiltrated the market after his men had cleared the […]

17 Dead In Florida School Shooting

17 Dead In Florida School Shooting

No fewer than 17 persons were killed at a Florida high school on Wednesday, after a gunman opened fire, leaving terrified students huddled in their classrooms, texting friends and family for help. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, had left “multiple dead,” with […]

Hashtag Activism Like #NotOkay Is Challenging Rape Culture

Hashtag Activism Like #NotOkay Is Challenging Rape Culture

Twitter campaigns can encourage men to shut down degrading “locker room talk” and provide victims with a voice, according to a study of #NotOkay, an online reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements about grabbing women’s genitals. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), who examined hundreds of #NotOkay tweets, found that people used social media […]

Despite Laws And Policies Violence Against Women Unabated In Uganda

Despite Laws And Policies Violence Against Women Unabated In Uganda

Violence against women is on the increase in Uganda – even in the halls of power – despite the presence of laws and policies to protect victims of abuse. Take the case Anna Abeja Adeke. The female youth MP had always dreamed of becoming a powerful politician. On her first day at the august House, […]

Courts to Keep Check On GBV Cases Over Festive Season

Courts to Keep Check On GBV Cases Over Festive Season

 A dedicated court team has been identified and will be available to assist any victim of domestic or gender-based violence outside of the normal court day, at the respective courts all over Namibia, the Office of the Judiciary announced yesterday. According to a press release from the judiciary it will be a pilot project for […]

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