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Ministry Plans Sensitisation Tours to FGM Prone Counties

Ministry Plans Sensitisation Tours to FGM Prone Counties

The government has raised concern over the increase in Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practices in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of major concern is that the cases have cropped up in areas which had previously made progress in the vice’s eradication according to Public Service and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rachel Shebesh. […]

PM Reserves 30 Percent of Parliament Seats for Women in Upcoming Poll

PM Reserves 30 Percent of Parliament Seats for Women in Upcoming Poll

 Nearly a third of Somalia’s parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women’s rights campaigners in the Horn of Africa nation. While welcoming Saturday’s announcement by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, some women’s groups cautioned that implementing the measure in […]

Pope, In New Decree, Formally Allows More Roles For Women In Church

Pope, In New Decree, Formally Allows More Roles For Women In Church

Pope Francis, in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday changed its law to formally codify their roles as altar servers, distributors of communion and readers at liturgies. The pope’s decree formalised practices already common in many countries. But the change in the Code of Canon Law means […]

Kenya Supports Reproductive Health Education

Kenya Supports Reproductive Health Education

The County Government of Murang’a has supported reproductive health education for minors. Health CEC Joseph Mbai told the Nation on phone that: “What we are opposed to is minors being given free access to contraceptives and abortion services since that is tantamount to giving them a free licence to promiscuity.” He said such education must […]

Gender Violence Takes Centre-Stage In New Spanish Opera

Gender Violence Takes Centre-Stage In New Spanish Opera

The death of a woman at the hands of her former lover is played out repeatedly in a dark new take on a classic opera in Madrid that seeks to leave audiences questioning their own attitudes to gender violence. In “Marie”, award-winning Spanish playwright Lola Blasco recasts an unfinished 19th-century story that inspired the avant-garde […]

UN Women – Covid-19 Spikes Online Trafficking Of Women and Girls

UN Women – Covid-19 Spikes Online Trafficking Of Women and Girls

UN Women has raised the red flag on the acute rise of online trafficking targeting girls and women during this Covid-19 pandemic period. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, in a statement, said it is unfortunate that the drivers of trafficking in women and girls have intensified as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. […]

Govs Push For Local Production Of Covid-19 Vaccine

Govs Push For Local Production Of Covid-19 Vaccine

Want imams, bishops, others to lead enlightenment campaigns Governors of the 36 states of the federation have stressed the need to consider local manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine despite the current arrangement with global partners on its availability. The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said […]

UK Urged To Make Strangulation A Crime Under Domestic Abuse Bill

UK Urged To Make Strangulation A Crime Under Domestic Abuse Bill

British lawmakers said on Tuesday women’s lives could be saved if non-fatal strangulation was recognised as a specific offence, amid renewed fears of domestic violence under a new lockdown. Debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill in the upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, coincided with the first day of a third lockdown, which will […]

SA Records Over 500 Deaths In A Single Day Due to Covid-19

SA Records Over 500 Deaths In A Single Day Due to Covid-19

South Africa recorded its second-highest daily death count since the pandemic after 513 people succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday. The country’s largest spike in a single day was last reported in July, when 572 patients died, due to COVID-19 complications. According to the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, of the latest fatalities, 202 were reported […]

Osun Govt. Sets Up Clinic for Depressed, Abused Women

Osun Govt. Sets Up Clinic for Depressed, Abused Women

The commissioner explained that the ministry as a social welfare organ had been working toward protecting the interest of women and children. The Osun Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Olubukoka Olaboopo, on Wednesday, says the ministry has created a women clinic where depressed, abused women can get help, physically and psychologically. Mrs Olaboopo […]