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In Italy, Support Groups Fear Lockdown Is Silencing Domestic Abuse Victims

In Italy, Support Groups Fear Lockdown Is Silencing Domestic Abuse Victims

Italy has seen a sharp fall in official reports of domestic violence as it approaches a month under coronavirus lockdown, raising concern among some support groups that forced confinement is leaving victims struggling to seek help. Telefono Rosa, Italy’s largest domestic violence helpline, said calls fell 55% to 496 in the first two weeks of […]

In Her 30’s – Men Are Scum

In Her 30’s – Men Are Scum

‘In her 30s’  This is the place where I share my daily ordeal with y’all on a weekly basis. I try to talk to you cos I feel y’all can relate with me or will be able to relate with me. You are welcome! Let me formally introduce myself; My name is Miriam. I am an […]

AW Gist Corner (The Change Agents) : Social Distancing

AW Gist Corner (The Change Agents) : Social Distancing

This is about picturing the realities in our society. Just before you begin : This is a discussion between three social agents, three women involved in different social innovations who’ve been brought together to discuss the different issues they’ve solved, the different stories they’ve heard and how we all can become good influencers, good change […]

Coronavirus Measures Will Hit Women Harder Than Men

Coronavirus Measures Will Hit Women Harder Than Men

Data is urgently required to highlight the different impact of coronavirus on women and men, with early signs that women face higher levels of violence and more care work, researchers said on Wednesday. Although death rates appear to be slightly higher among men, a study by aid organisations CARE International and International Rescue Committee (IRC) […]

More Afghan Women Find Solace In Drugs As Coronavirus, Migration Upends Life

More Afghan Women Find Solace In Drugs As Coronavirus, Migration Upends Life

The dead body had started to smell but Farzanah barely noticed at first, smoking her heroin pipe undeterred. The 26-year-old, who was raised as a refugee in Iran, had been an addict for 14 years since returning to her hometown of Zaranj, capital of Afghanistan’s southwestern Nimruz province that borders Iran, and had seen the […]

The Tales Of The Soap Making Women Of Guéckedou

The Tales Of The Soap Making Women Of Guéckedou

“Since Ebola passed through our communities, we have been aware of the importance of handwashing with soap, especially after using the toilet. We have also discovered that most of our children’s diseases are related to hygiene,” says Pauline, 30, who is president of a women’s saving’s group in her community in Guinea’s Guéckedou prefecture. Memories […]

Meet Emma Theophilus Namibia’s Youngest Member of Parliament and Minister

Meet Emma Theophilus Namibia’s Youngest Member of Parliament and Minister

RECENTLY appointed information and technology deputy minister, Emma Theophilus might have her work cut out for her, but says she is ready for the task. The 23-year-old became Namibia’s youngest member of parliament. A law graduate, Theophilus was part of president Hage Geingob’s list of eight non-voting members announced on Sunday and sworn in yesterday. […]

One-Size-Fits-All Approach To COVID-19 Could Have Lethal Consequences

One-Size-Fits-All Approach To COVID-19 Could Have Lethal Consequences

Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people. Policy B would result in the death of a lot of children, especially infants. Which would you choose? Right now we are facing a choice between more or less drastic […]

Japan Airlines Lets Female Crew Ditch High Heels After #KuToo Campaign

Japan Airlines Lets Female Crew Ditch High Heels After #KuToo Campaign

Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines will be allowed to wear trousers and abandon high heels next month, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. The airline becomes one of the first major Japanese firms to announce the shift after a campaign known as #KuToo last year called to reject […]

Europe Braces For Domestic Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’ Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Europe Braces For Domestic Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’ Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Domestic abuse charities in Europe have called for hotels and holiday lets to be turned into refuges as they warned that coronavirus lockdowns would lead to a massive jump in the numbers of women fleeing violence. Governments, support services and charities are scrambling to help thousands of women facing weeks of isolation at home with […]

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