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Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya’s president on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls – including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have fuelled an upsurge in gender-based violence across the world, with […]

Climate Woes Growing For Women, Hit Worst By Displacement And Migration

Climate Woes Growing For Women, Hit Worst By Displacement And Migration

From sexual violence in displacement camps to extra farm work and greater risk of illness, women shoulder a bigger burden from worsening extreme weather and other climate pressures pushing people to move for survival, a global aid group said on Tuesday. Scientists expect forced displacement to be one of the most common and damaging effects […]

Your Reaction Doesn’t Define You

Your Reaction Doesn’t Define You

Suppose you and your spouse are getting ready to buy your first home together. You sit down to talk through all the features that matter, and five minutes into the conversation, your spouse says, “Why in the world do you want four bedrooms? We don’t need them.” Chances are, you would feel defensive and disconnected. […]

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Samita Chavan used to wake up at 3am every day to the sound of her neighbour’s wet grinder in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. Now, she is adjusting to a rare silence after three months of lockdown that saw tens of thousands of migrant workers leave the city. Dharavi, believed to be Asia’s largest slum, has been hailed […]

African Innovators Tackle Coronavirus With Drones And Phones

African Innovators Tackle Coronavirus With Drones And Phones

Ghanaian pilot Eric Acquah started a drone company in 2017 to spray crops with pesticides, but when coronavirus hit the West African country he found a new mission: saving lives. The company has used 20 drones to disinfect 38 open-air markets in Ghana – spraying a couple of acres in minutes, a job that would take […]

COVID-19 Fears Grow For Isolated Indigenous People In Brazil’s Amazon

COVID-19 Fears Grow For Isolated Indigenous People In Brazil’s Amazon

Dozens of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon’s Javari Valley – an area the size of Switzerland and Denmark combined – have contracted COVID-19, with experts and officials warning the disease poses a huge threat to their lives and culture. The valley in the west of Brazil’s Amazonas state is part of a region bordering […]

Unilever To Drop ‘Fair & Lovely’ Skin Lightening Product Name

Unilever To Drop ‘Fair & Lovely’ Skin Lightening Product Name

Unilever will drop the word “fair” from its “Fair & Lovely” skin lightening products, it said on Thursday, in the latest makeover of a brand in response to a global backlash against racial prejudice. Skin lightening cosmetics have a huge market in South Asia, but their promotion is being questioned, especially in the wake of […]

ICPD Pledges To End Teen Pregnancy Crisis

ICPD Pledges To End Teen Pregnancy Crisis

The ‘shadow pandemic’ of teenage pregnancy following the lengthy closure of learning institutions due to Covid-19 can be blamed on young people being idle and engaging in sexual activity as a pastime and out of curiosity. The closure of schools and the ensuing lockdown means that, for the vulnerable adolescent girl, the free school meal […]

Africa’s Unsung Army Of Women Wage War On COVID-19

Africa’s Unsung Army Of Women Wage War On COVID-19

Armed with a face mask, notebook and pen, Everlyne Akinyi Omondi sets out each morning from her one-room home in Nairobi’s informal settlement of Kawangware to do a job few others would contemplate in a pandemic. As cases of the new coronavirus climb and Kenyans are told to stay home and avoid human contact, 38-year-old […]

AW : The Shaming Culture

AW : The Shaming Culture

Despite the advancement in technology and education, the culture of survivor shaming is Nigeria is still at an alarming rate. With the recent turn out of events, there is barely a day that goes by without reports of rape incidents splashed across the timelines of various social media platforms and news outlets. The day barely […]

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