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The Drive To Close Gaps On Health Issues Facing Women And Girls

The Drive To Close Gaps On Health Issues Facing Women And Girls

In Africa today women still die needlessly during childbirth. They also fall pregnant when they aren’t ready and don’t want to get pregnant. And there are still many obstacles on their path to living full and fulfilled lives. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to people’s health and survival, to economic development, and […]

GBV Committee Recommends Interventions In South Africa

GBV Committee Recommends Interventions In South Africa

The Interim Steering Committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) has recommended a raft of emergency response interventions to the country’s gender-based violence and femicide crisis. The committee comprises a range of government departments and entities, civil society organisations focused on GBVF, research institutions, development agencies and other organisations. The committee said it had met […]

Thailand’s Human Traffickers Flout 99% Of Court Orders To Compensate Victims

Thailand’s Human Traffickers Flout 99% Of Court Orders To Compensate Victims

Human traffickers in Thailand have ignored court orders to compensate victims in more than 99% of cases in recent years, fuelling fears that many survivors could be re-trafficked, data obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed. Thai courts have ordered traffickers to pay their victims more than 130 million baht ($4.3 million) for damages […]

Women Bear Brunt of Power, Water Shortages In Zimbabwe

Women Bear Brunt of Power, Water Shortages In Zimbabwe

Mrs Thokozile Mphala (44) is a housewife and lives in the sprawling suburb of Mucheke in Zimbabwe’s ancient city, Masvingo. On a daily basis, she is caught in between preparing her children’s breakfast before they go to school and getting water from a distant borehole. She wakes up at around 3 am, when most people […]

Secret Abortions Spike In Northern Nigeria With Boko Haram Chaos

Secret Abortions Spike In Northern Nigeria With Boko Haram Chaos

Kellu became pregnant after a Nigerian soldier offered her food and shelter in exchange for sex. But the destitute teenager – who lost her family when Boko Haram militants attacked her village two years earlier – did not want to have the baby. After moving to a camp for displaced people in northeastern Borno state, […]

Sexual Harassment Goes Beyond BBC’s ‘Sex For Grades’ Report

Sexual Harassment Goes Beyond BBC’s ‘Sex For Grades’ Report

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Morrison has called for a broader discussion on issues of sexual harassment since it is not a phenomenon limited to tertiary schools in the country. According to her, issues of sexual harassment went beyond the recent expose’ by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which sought […]

She Rebuilt Her Life After Years Of Spousal Abuse

She Rebuilt Her Life After Years Of Spousal Abuse

Ana Maria*, 30, suffered psychological, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband for years and still feels distressed when she sees herself in the mirror or a photo of herself. “My face has suffered a transformation so I don’t feel comfortable filming or taking pictures,” she says. Globally, at least one in […]

Bishop Resigns After Woman’s Complaint Of Unacceptable Sexual Behaviour

Bishop Resigns After Woman’s Complaint Of Unacceptable Sexual Behaviour

A Catholic bishop in New Zealand has resigned after a church body investigated a young woman’s complaint against him regarding “unacceptable behaviour of a sexual nature”, a top church official has said. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North, Cardinal John Dew, the metropolitan archbishop of New Zealand, said in […]

Government Depts Must Be Gender Sensitive

Government Depts Must Be Gender Sensitive

The Acting Director-General of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Phumla Williams, has called for government departments to be performance audited when it comes to women empowerment and gender-sensitive responsiveness. “If we are to make progress, we must make it compulsory for departments to have gender-focused budgeting,” said Williams on Thursday. Williams was speaking at […]

1 Million Women, Children At Risk Of Domestic Violence And Sexual Abuse As Poverty Deepens

1 Million Women, Children At Risk Of Domestic Violence And Sexual Abuse As Poverty Deepens

NEARLY one million women and children in Zimbabwe are vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual abuse due to the rising food insecurity and the worsening economic crisis in the country, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned. It said most households in Zimbabwe were adopting extreme coping mechanisms to survive. […]

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