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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 […]

She’s A Survivor

She’s A Survivor

 IT looked good as the procession moved on the Great East Road to the Lusaka Showgrounds to officially launch the 16-Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. It must have been the same for Musenge Musumali, 36, when growing up. But it was not. It was ugly. Musenge’s narration of her childhood during the launch […]

For Women And Girls, Stand Up!

For Women And Girls, Stand Up!

The prevention of domestic violence and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is recognised internationally as a human rights concern. Myriad annals of history attest that women and children are often the last ones to be given equal legal protection from discrimination and violence – a protection that the rest of society take for granted. It is extraordinary […]

NGO Decries High Rate Of Violence Against Women

NGO Decries High Rate Of Violence Against Women

 A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Hope for Family Development Initiative (HFDI) has decried the high rate of violence against women in the country and called for an urgent stop to the act. The organisation also cautioned men against violating the rights of women and warned against acts that could undermine the rights of women in […]

GBV Prevention Should Be The Focus For Women And Men

GBV Prevention Should Be The Focus For Women And Men

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread and socially tolerated forms of human rights violations, cutting across nationality, race, class, ethnicity and religion. It is a major source of inequality in Kenya. GBV has a profound social and economic impact on families, communities and the entire nation, as well as serious ramifications on […]

Physical Threats Put Women Off Life In Politics But At What Cost?

Physical Threats Put Women Off Life In Politics But At What Cost?

 Faced with escalating violence, a lack of funding, and locked out of male-dominated networks, many women are reluctant to enter politics with growing concerns that a drive to get women into power globally is moving far too slowly, experts said. Only about one in four parliamentarians worldwide is a woman, less than one in five […]

Nigerian Lawmaker Fears Violence Is Scaring Women Away From Politics

Nigerian Lawmaker Fears Violence Is Scaring Women Away From Politics

The first daughter of a pilot from Abia State in southeast Nigeria, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje never faced disadvantages for being a woman until she entered politics 10 years ago. In her three terms as member of parliament for Bende constituency in Abia, she has experienced discrimination, sexual innuendoes, physical threats and insubordination, mainly from male colleagues. […]

Josina Machel Sets Up NGO To Assist Victims Of Violence

Josina Machel Sets Up NGO To Assist Victims Of Violence

 Josina Machel, the daughter of Mozambique’s first President, Samora Machel, on Monday launched in Maputo the Kuhluka Association, a movement that seeks to provide support for women victims of violence. At the launch ceremony, Josina said Kuhluka will seek to eradicate gender-based violence, and will set up shelters to provide support for the survivors of […]

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