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LOUD WHISPERS: Who Is A Witch?

LOUD WHISPERS: Who Is A Witch?

There was a report some days ago about a group of women in a rural community in Akwa Ibom State who were rounded up and burnt on allegations of witchcraft. In the year 2020. While we wait for the police and government to confirm or refute the news, here is an abridged article I wrote […]

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

Today, April 23rd, is designated World Book and Copyright Day by the United Nations. On this day, two years ago, Port Harcourt, Nigeria became UNESCO World Book Capital City (WBCC). The WBCC title is a ‘symbolic nomination to a city in recognition of its efforts in promoting books and reading’. The city holds this title […]

Netflix Stands By film ‘365 Days’ Accused Of Glorifying Sex Trafficking

Netflix Stands By film ‘365 Days’ Accused Of Glorifying Sex Trafficking

Netflix said on Friday it will continue to stream the Polish film “365 Days” amid calls for its withdrawal including by British singer Duffy who said it glamorised “the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”. Welsh singer-songwriter Aimee Duffy, known as Duffy, released an open letter on Thursday to Netflix Chief Executive Reed […]

Colombian Army Fires 31 Members For Alleged Sex Abuse Against Minors

Colombian Army Fires 31 Members For Alleged Sex Abuse Against Minors

The Colombian army said on Friday it fired 31 of its members accused of involvement with sexual abuse or violence against minors, amid recent accusations of sex abuse of young girls by soldiers. At least 118 members of the army have been investigated since 2016 for sex crimes against minors, the head of the army […]

Trust Fund To Help Women In Seychelles Start Business Initiatives During COVID Slowdown

Trust Fund To Help Women In Seychelles Start Business Initiatives During COVID Slowdown

Faced with dwindling economic activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more women in Seychelles are being encouraged to try a new business venture thanks to specially allocated funding through the Seychelles Women’s Trust Fund. “Given the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on people’s lives, especially at the economic level, the trust has modified the focus […]

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Hospitals are running out of space in Intensive Care Units due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading fast across the country. The facilities are fast getting overwhelmed with critically ill patients that need admission, forcing hospitals to set aside other rooms for the patients. This is despite the Ministry of Health introducing home-based care […]

Masks And Bikinis As Bangkok Sex Districts Reopen With New Rules

Masks And Bikinis As Bangkok Sex Districts Reopen With New Rules

With performers wearing facemasks as well as bikinis, Bangkok’s red-light districts reopened on Wednesday after more than three months of the shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. Bars, karaoke venues and massage parlours were in the latest category of businesses allowed to reopen – with conditions – now that Thailand has gone 37 days […]

COVID-19 Highlights Need For Companies To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

COVID-19 Highlights Need For Companies To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

The global surge in domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns highlights the need for companies to do more to protect victims and help them get their lives back on track, experts on the issue said on Thursday. Companies should offer women facing domestic abuse flexible working, extra leave so they can move home and sort out […]

Black South African Healthcare Workers Are Underpaid

Black South African Healthcare Workers Are Underpaid

It will take the average professional nurse 65 years to earn the annual salary of a chief executive officer of one of the private hospital groups in South Africa. This is according to Oxfam report The Right to Dignified Healthcare Work, a Right to Dignified Healthcare for All. Oxfam South Africa collaborated with a number of organisations […]

Philadelphia Doctor Brings Coronavirus Testing To The City’s Black Communities

Philadelphia Doctor Brings Coronavirus Testing To The City’s Black Communities

When Dr Ala Stanford received a flurry of calls in March from Black friends who feared they had COVID-19 but couldn’t get tested at hospitals in Philadelphia, she knew she had to act. The virus was tearing through the city’s Black community but many – even those with health insurance – were getting turned away. […]

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