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16 Days of Activism – Addressing the Pandemic of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls

16 Days of Activism – Addressing the Pandemic of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) focused on the largest study of the prevalence of violence against women. The report was on behalf of a special working group of the United Nations, and it revealed that across their lifetime, one in three women are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate […]

Afghans ‘Marry Off’ Baby Girls For Dowries As Starvation Looms

Afghans ‘Marry Off’ Baby Girls For Dowries As Starvation Looms

Jobless and engulfed in debt, Afghan brick kiln worker Fazal said the country’s imploding economy had left him with a stark choice – marry off his young daughters, or risk the family starving to death. Last month, he received a $3,000 dowry payment after handing over his 13- and 15-year-old daughters to men more than […]

Women, Girls Internet Vulnerability On the Rise

Women, Girls Internet Vulnerability On the Rise

Sophia Nalumba (not real name) sits in an Internet café beaming with excitement. She does not even seem to notice the people around her who are wondering what had made her happy. Without hesitating, she beckons one lady to loudly read out the email in front of her and everyone joins in the frenzy as […]

Over 500 Women Vie for District Councillor Positions

Over 500 Women Vie for District Councillor Positions

National Electoral Commission (NEC) has disclosed that 558 candidates are vying to fill the women councillor positions in the district council. The elections are slated for November 13, and each district has to elect five women councillors making up 30 per cent of the council. According to Charles Munyaneza, the Executive Secretary of NEC, preparations […]

End Violence Against Women in Politics – Pressure Group

End Violence Against Women in Politics – Pressure Group

Women Reform Network, a grouping of 25 women’s rights organisations that advocate for gender equality has condemned the use of violence against women politicians. The statement follows the recent attack of the MDC Alliance Zvimba South constituency coordinating member Maria Wemba. She was allegedly abducted and tortured by suspected Zanu PF youths last month ahead […]

Amhara State Council Declares Emergency Including Region-Wide Curfew, Suspension of Activities By State Institutions

Amhara State Council Declares Emergency Including Region-Wide Curfew, Suspension of Activities By State Institutions

The Amhara National Regional State Council, in its 6th round, the first year, 4th emergency meeting held today has declared a nine-point emergency decree which includes the suspension of regular activities by all government institutions in the state and state-wide curfew. The following is the translation of the nine points emergency decree by the Amhara […]

Remove Sanctions On Zimbabwe – Chakwera Tells West

Remove Sanctions On Zimbabwe – Chakwera Tells West

Malawi president and SADC chairperson Lazarus Chakwera has called for the immediate and unconditional removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the Western bloc of states saying this would facilitate economic recovery. Zimbabwe is set to commemorate the Anti Sanctions Day on October 25. In a solidarity statement, Chakwera said: “As SADC we are concerned […]

President Kenyatta Lifts Nationwide Curfew

President Kenyatta Lifts Nationwide Curfew

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in effect since March last year. The curfew was initially imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. “I hereby order and direct the nationwide dusk-dawn curfew to be vacated with immediate effect,” he said as crowds responded […]

Declare Femicide a National Disaster, Urges Fida-Kenya

Declare Femicide a National Disaster, Urges Fida-Kenya

Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya (Fida-Kenya) has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare femicide and gender-based violence (GBV) national disasters in the wake of the suspected murder of Olympian Agnes Tirop. Her husband Ibrahim Rotich, was arrested on Thursday in Changamwe, Mombasa County in relation to the death of his wife who was found dead […]

Ethiopia Relief Effort Hamstrung As Fresh Tigray Offensive Launched

Ethiopia Relief Effort Hamstrung As Fresh Tigray Offensive Launched

Ethiopia’s government has launched a new offensive against rebel forces from the blockaded Tigray region, where malnutrition and starvation deaths are rising while UN officials coordinating the humanitarian response have been deported from the country. Major air and ground operations against rebel positions in the neighbouring Amhara region reportedly commenced last week, with rebel officials […]