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Sierra Leone Declares Rape A National Emergency

Sierra Leone Declares Rape A National Emergency

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fighting to end the culture of “indifference” and impunity surrounding rape and sexual violence by declaring it a national emergency. This will provide support to the First Lady’s “Hands off our girls” protection project. The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Bio, launched the “Hands off our girls” […]

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the “palace of terror.” Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

I was in a store recently, looking for clothes for one of my little God-daughters. I was appalled at what was on offer. Why does a clothing range for 10-12-year olds look like the same as the one for adults? I wondered. Is a ten-year-old supposed to display cleavage? In most cultures of the world, […]

Britain Reveals Landmark Laws To Fight Domestic Abuse

Britain Reveals Landmark Laws To Fight Domestic Abuse

Britain on Monday for the first time named economic control as a form of domestic abuse in “landmark” legislation aimed at tackling a crime that ruins millions of lives and costs billions of pounds. It also proposed outlawing the right of abusers to cross-examine their victims in court, in a move welcomed by women’s rights […]

Morocco Group Empowers Women To Fight Domestic Abuse, Rape

Morocco Group Empowers Women To Fight Domestic Abuse, Rape

Victims of domestic violence are often unaware of resources available to them and are too afraid to ask. In Morocco, a new initiative aims to change that by helping women take legal action against their violent husbands. Now 23, a mother of two and an education worker, Salma remembers her marriage as seven years of […]

The Fight For Rights – The Gains And Losses So Far…

The Fight For Rights – The Gains And Losses So Far…

While Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive this year and Ethiopia appointed its first female president, in other countries in 2018 women were punished for being raped or wanting control of their reproductive rights. Here are some gains and losses for women around the world in the past year: GAINS 1. Ireland in May voted […]

The Women Who Stole The Show – The Widows

The Women Who Stole The Show – The Widows

Few movies can tackle complicated themes in a film about a heist. Windows does, portraying a world it refuses to apologise for. Christian Tesfaye award 9 out of 10 stars. Heist movies are usually bad, but when they are good, they hit the sweet spot. Widows, featuring a plethora of stars, is one of those […]

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  “Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres   Why we must eliminate violence against women Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one […]

The More Than Me Rape Situation In Liberia – Women Want Justice

The More Than Me Rape Situation In Liberia – Women Want Justice

Amid the public outburst of anger and indignation over the rape and abuse of over a dozen girls by a staff of the More Than Me (MTM) Academy, along with attempts by its founder, Katie Meyler, to cover-up evidence and protect the culprit, Macintosh Johnson (now deceased), the chair of the SHEROES International Forum Liberia, […]

Rape Laws Offer Little Protection

Rape Laws Offer Little Protection

  The world over, laws to protect rape victims are paper tigers, often enacted but rarely enforced, a researcher said here. A bevy of international laws prohibit rape, and governments have been mandated under these laws to enact, implement, and monitor legislation that addresses all forms of violence against women, according to Olufunke Adesuwa Akiyode, […]

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