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LOUD WHISPERS: Mama Uche

LOUD WHISPERS: Mama Uche

Let me tell you the story of Mama Uche. She was a dutiful wife to Baba Uche, and had been married to him for at least twenty years with four children. Almost every day of her life with Baba Uche, he told her how useless she was, how stupid she was and how she was […]

Going Undercover To Help Girls

Going Undercover To Help Girls

Nida has been going to Shaheen’s centers in India since she was eight years old. With Shaheen’s vocational training, she learned how to do mehendi—or henna—to make an income and now does it at weddings and other celebrations, and also teaches other girls. She has become a powerful advocate focused on ending early and forced […]

Justice for Women Who Kill

Aminata* was only 17 years old when she was arrested for killing her former boyfriend eight years ago. She was sentenced to death for murder in November 2010 and feared each day she would be executed before her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the government on Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Day on 27 […]

Trafficked To Turin: The Nigerian Women Forced To Work As Prostitutes In Italy

Trafficked To Turin: The Nigerian Women Forced To Work As Prostitutes In Italy

It’s just after 9pm when the first Nigerian women start to appear on the streets of Asti, a small city near Turin in northern Italy. Some stand in groups of two or three, flagging down passing cars or checking their phones. Many are alone – solitary figures backlit by the stream of headlights moving into […]

Congo: Rape Capital of the World

Congo: Rape Capital of the World

A long path to equality In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an estimated 400,000 women are raped every year. The prevalence and intensity of sexual violence cannot be understated, and now, it appears that the failures of the international community to curb rape’s use by the various sides of the Congo Civil Wars has allowed […]