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Spain rape victim asked by judge if she tried ‘closing her legs’

Spain rape victim asked by judge if she tried ‘closing her legs’

A women’s rights organisation in Spain has lodged a complaint against a female judge who “humiliated” an alleged rape victim by asking whether she had tried closing her legs. The magistrate reportedly interrupted the alleged victim’s account, asking: “Did you close your legs properly? Did you close off your female organs?” The Clara Campoamor association […]

Warriors against FGM

Warriors against FGM

“We protect our community, that’s our first big responsibility.” Twenty-five-year-old Josephat is a “moran” — a young male warrior — from Samburu, northern Kenya. In Samburu culture, young men become morans between the age of 16 and 18. They stay morans until they’re around 30-years-old when they are allowed to marry and become elders. Warrior fashion is very distinctive, […]

Setting and funding agendas for Women’s Human Rights in the Eastern Africa Region

Setting and funding agendas for Women’s Human Rights in the Eastern Africa Region

  There have been a number of considerable achievements in the Eastern Africa Region for the advancement of women. Rwanda ranks the highest in the world for female representation in parliament at 64%. Across the region, the participation of women in politics has increased at local, national and regional levels in all countries of the […]

Faith, Public Responsibility and Women’s Rights

Faith, Public Responsibility and Women’s Rights

For nearly three decades, I have been domiciled in Europe and America while my heart is glued in to my beloved Africa. I have had the previlege of extensive travel in every region of the world and experienced the joy of  hospitality of people so different in every way from me. During this nomadic life, […]

President Zuma undermining SA women, says rights group

President Zuma undermining SA women, says rights group

“The president is really undermining the laws of this country that seek to protect the citizens of this country and deal with sexual violence against women and children,” spokesperson Nonhlanhla Skosana said. “We are rated the highest in the world in terms of sexual violence against women and children so I think he would be […]

Guatemala Sexual Slavery Verdict Shows Women’s Bodies Are Not Battlefields

Guatemala Sexual Slavery Verdict Shows Women’s Bodies Are Not Battlefields

The word muxuk refers to a woman who has been “desecrated”, a woman whose “social and spiritual world was destroyed and broken in all of the areas of her life”. In the Q’eqchi’ language there are four ways to refer to sexual violence, yet muxuk is the term Guatemalan women of the Sepur Zarco community […]

The Face Of Kenyan Protest: Boniface Mwangi On Corruption, Land Grabs And Women’s Rights

The Face Of Kenyan Protest: Boniface Mwangi On Corruption, Land Grabs And Women’s Rights

When I call up Boniface Mwangi for this interview, he sounds weary, “There is no one else?” he asks. Mwangi has had a rough start to 2016 having lost one of his closest friends, fellow activist and photographer James Quest to a hit and run. Mwangi, or Boni, as his close friends call him, started […]

Uganda rights group receives hundreds of complaints from women about vote

Uganda rights group receives hundreds of complaints from women about vote

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A control center set up in Uganda to monitor violence against women and other obstacles preventing women from voting in last week’s presidential election said it had received nearly 600 complaints. Delays to the opening of polls in the Feb. 18 vote was the main complaint received by the Women’s […]

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

While African Union chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was extolling the virtues of empowering women on the continent at the African Union summit in Ethiopia last month, Swaziland’s attorney general, Majahenkhaba Dlamini, was warning lawyers and judges at the official opening of the country’s high-court year about the threat posed to Swazi society by women’s ambition to […]

Gujarat village bans mobile phones for unmarried women

Gujarat village bans mobile phones for unmarried women

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be promoting his Digital India drive across the world but a village in his native district of Mehsana in Gujarat has banned mobile phones for unmarried women. In a Khap panchayat-like diktat, Suraj village –100 km from the state’s financial capital of Ahmedabad – decided to fine women Rs 2,100 […]