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Coronavirus Puts 4 Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage

Coronavirus Puts 4 Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage

Four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years because of the new coronavirus pandemic, a global charity said on Friday, as campaigners warned that the crisis could undo decades of work to end the practice. Deepening poverty caused by the loss of livelihoods is likely to drive many families […]

Pakistan Passes Child Abuse Law After Girl’s Rape And Murder

Pakistan Passes Child Abuse Law After Girl’s Rape And Murder

Pakistan’s parliament passed a new law against child abuse on Wednesday, two years after the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl that shocked the country. Pakistan’s first national child abuse law will introduce a penalty of life imprisonment for child abuse, said Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari. It follows the death of Zainab Ansari, whose […]

Doctors In Egypt Launch Anti-Genital Cutting Campaign

Doctors In Egypt Launch Anti-Genital Cutting Campaign

Genital cutting can cause long-lasting mental and physical health problems including chronic infections, menstrual problems, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth complications Doctors in Egypt have taken time out of their surgeries for a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) after the death of a 12-year-old girl, saying they do not […]

Balanced And Gender-Inclusive Education Is A Smart Investment

Balanced And Gender-Inclusive Education Is A Smart Investment

Fihima Mohamed’s mother never attended school and until two years ago she could not read or write. Mohamed’s mother had been born in neighbouring Somalia but was sent to Djibouti as a young girl to live with her aunt. The expectation had been that she would have a better life by escaping the ongoing conflict […]

We Must Dismantle Barriers To True Gender Equality – First Lady Jeannette Kagame

We Must Dismantle Barriers To True Gender Equality – First Lady Jeannette Kagame

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has said that while there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the challenges women face, there is an urgent need to break the barriers and other limitations they face in society. This, she said, can help place women’s leadership at the heart of the transformative global agenda. Mrs Kagame, who was speaking […]

Kenya Pledges to End FGM By 2022 – Ahead Of Global Target

Kenya Pledges to End FGM By 2022 – Ahead Of Global Target

 Kenya’s president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022, a goal women’s rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the East African nation. One in five women and girls aged between 15 and 49 in Kenya have undergone FGM, which usually involves […]

Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions On Women

Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions On Women

For the first time, women also have the right to register childbirth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors. Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, further eroding a heavily […]

Survivors Of Female Circumcision Call For Help With Mental Trauma

Survivors Of Female Circumcision Call For Help With Mental Trauma

Mental health services are lacking in Africa in general, with less than one mental health worker for every 100,000 people African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) said mental health services are their biggest need and urged governments and charities to provide support for dealing with long-term trauma. Survivors and activists from across the continent […]

Swiss Court Upholds Sentence In Genital Mutilation Case

Swiss Court Upholds Sentence In Genital Mutilation Case

A ban on female genital mutilation extends to cases where the ritual cutting was performed in another country prior to the perpetrator coming to Switzerland, the nation’s highest court said on Friday, upholding a Somali woman’s conviction last year. The woman, who was not identified in Swiss Federal Tribunal documents, had two daughters circumcised in […]

Sierra Leone Declares Rape A National Emergency

Sierra Leone Declares Rape A National Emergency

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fighting to end the culture of “indifference” and impunity surrounding rape and sexual violence by declaring it a national emergency. This will provide support to the First Lady’s “Hands off our girls” protection project. The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Bio, launched the “Hands off our girls” […]

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