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LOUD WHISPERS: Demand and Supply

LOUD WHISPERS: Demand and Supply

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi I walked into the conference hall alone, leaving all my aides outside and stood at the high table waiting for the national anthem to start. I looked around at the audience and my heart started to beat faster than normal. I could not believe what I was seeing. When you have been engaged […]

Daughters of Somalia, a Continuous Pledge to End Female Genital Mutilation

Daughters of Somalia, a Continuous Pledge to End Female Genital Mutilation

In Somalia, over 90 per cent or more of girls and women, have been subjected to female genital mutilation, or FGM. Despite the practice having devastating health ramifications for women and girls – including pain, bleeding, permanent disability and even death – discussion over how to end the harmful tradition, remains taboo. The United Nations […]

Rwanda Makes Case for Women Protection – UN

Rwanda Makes Case for Women Protection – UN

With Covid-19, the situation for women human rights defenders and the prospects for women’s full participation in building peace have become ‘vastly worse’. This is according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. She made the remarks on Tuesday while participating in a Security Council debate, under the theme “Protecting Participation: Addressing […]

Fighting For Justice Against Gender-Based Violence in Madagascar

Fighting For Justice Against Gender-Based Violence in Madagascar

 “I want to be a health worker when I grow up,” said 8-year-old Satiana Hary* shyly, twisting the edges of her knee-length gown. “Because I want to be able to treat myself if I fall sick.” Sadly, little Satiana knows a lot about falling sick, and about violence too. She has recently endured advanced endometritis, […]

China To Give Women Right To Decide On Caesarean Birth

China To Give Women Right To Decide On Caesarean Birth

China will give pregnant women the right to choose a caesarean birth for babies even if husbands object, state media reported on Tuesday, one of the latest steps to safeguard women’s rights in a society in which traditions can play a powerful role. China’s top law-making body, the standing committee of parliament, is meeting this […]

In conservative Egypt, Women Seek Low-Cost Ways To ‘Prove’ Virginity

In conservative Egypt, Women Seek Low-Cost Ways To ‘Prove’ Virginity

She advertises her surgeries discreetly as a “health and beauty” service, but the gynaecologist offering hymen reconstruction operations to women in rural Egypt says they save lives. In conservative societies such as Egypt, an “intact” hymen – the thin tissue that may partially cover the vagina – is still widely seen as confirming virginity. For brides, […]

Sitting pretty? – The Struggles of Indian Workers

Sitting pretty? – The Struggles of Indian Workers

On her feet at work for 10 hours each day, Indian shop assistant S. Lakshmi lumbers home at the end of her shift to nurse her aching legs and swollen ankles. But relief may be in sight. Tamil Nadu became last month the second Indian state to enshrine the “right to sit” for retail staff […]

Every Country In The World Is Affected By Human Trafficking

Every Country In The World Is Affected By Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has collected information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide. Globally countries are detecting and reporting more victims and are convicting more traffickers. This can be […]

EU Parliament Passes Resolution Demanding Right To Safe Abortion

EU Parliament Passes Resolution Demanding Right To Safe Abortion

 European Union lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution calling for the bloc’s 27 countries to ensure the right to legal and safe abortion in a push to improve women’s sexual and reproductive health. The non-binding resolution, passed by 378 to 255 votes, said the COVID-19 pandemic had limited access to many services crucial for sexual […]

Bank Supports Govt in Fight for Women Liberation

Bank Supports Govt in Fight for Women Liberation

NMB Bank is upbeat in realising President Samia Suluhu Hassan quest to liberate women economically by providing them with entrepreneurship education as well as capital to run their businesses. Early this week, the bank launched the Mwanamke Jasiri platform that loosely translates as a Brave Woman podium for all women in the Southern Regions aimed […]

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