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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 […]

New Flood Maps Show US Damage Rising 26% In Next 30 years

New Flood Maps Show US Damage Rising 26% In Next 30 years

Climate change is raising flood risks in neighborhoods across the U.S. much faster than many people realize. Over the next three decades, the cost of flood damage is on pace to rise 26% due to climate change alone, an analysis of our new flood risk maps shows. That’s only part of the risk. Despite recent devastating floods, people […]

COVID And War Push Yemen’s Businesswomen To Smash Taboos

COVID And War Push Yemen’s Businesswomen To Smash Taboos

Short of masks and short of protective gowns, Yemen’s overstretched medical workers started dying from COVID-19. Nadia Dhrah – herself a doctor – was dismayed, so she resolved to do what she could to help. Dhrah, who had set up a tiny business making surgical masks and clothing in 2019, thought her company could meet […]

New Insights Into Quality of Care for Girls and Women Facing The Complications Of Unsafe Abortion

New Insights Into Quality of Care for Girls and Women Facing The Complications Of Unsafe Abortion

Too many girls and women continue to die and to face both the short and long-term negative consequences of unsafe abortion – yet information is lacking on how health care providers and systems can best provide quality care for girls and women with abortion-related complications. In recognition of this research gap, HRP, WHO and partners […]

Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Rejects Mother’s Demands to Marry Man Aged 35

Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Rejects Mother’s Demands to Marry Man Aged 35

Fourteen-year-old Ruth* dreams of becoming a pilot, but last year she discovered her mother’s plans to marry her off – to a man more than twice her age. This spelt disaster for her aspirations, as girls who marry while in school usually fall pregnant and drop out, ending their education and jeopardising their health. “I […]

Rule Of Law In South Africa Protects Even Those Who Scorn It

Rule Of Law In South Africa Protects Even Those Who Scorn It

Yet another war of words is being waged in South Africa, ostensibly over the role of the courts in delivering the change envisaged in the constitution. As usual, given that most attacks on court judgements have come from leading members of the governing African National Congress (ANC), the opening salvos were fired by a member of […]

Five Things You Should Know About Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Five Things You Should Know About Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Kenya’s most celebrated author Ngugi wa Thiong’o marked his 84 birthday on January 5. Having published his first novel – Weep Not Child – in 1964, Ngugi remains active in writing and teaching. His latest creative effort is Kenda Muiyuru (The Perfect Nine), a Gikuyu epic that was longlisted for the 2021 International Man Booker Prize. Kenyan […]

What Fetching Water Costs Women And Girls In Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

What Fetching Water Costs Women And Girls In Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

Fetching water is usually a “women’s affair”, as has been documented all over the world. The consequences of spending time and energy to get safe water are felt in women’s health and emotional wellbeing, as well as incomes. Existing research on water access by women in informal settlements tends to focus on their gender role, how they collect […]

What Makes Young People Accept Help To Stay Well

What Makes Young People Accept Help To Stay Well

Anyone who has ever tried to convince an adolescent to behave a certain way is likely to be familiar with resistance. So, when offering support to help young people stay healthy, happy and out of difficulty, it’s worth knowing what they are comfortable with. Interventions that young people find acceptable are more likely to work. […]

How NGO Staff Raped 15-Year-Old Female IDP to Death In Borno

How NGO Staff Raped 15-Year-Old Female IDP to Death In Borno

 Aisha Umar, a female Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Borno State, has been reported dead after allegedly being raped by an official of an International Non-Governmental Organisation. Although there were different versions of the incident which took place last Monday, some reports said, the deceased, who was into menial jobs for survival, was reportedly lured […]