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Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights for Women With Disabilities

Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights for Women With Disabilities

ONE hot Sunday morning in April, 24-year-old Masuzyo Bupe (not real name) was excited as she looked forward to receiving her once in a lifetime visitors in form of representatives from the family of the man who had shown interest to marry her. However, her happiness was short-lived as her mother informed her that there […]

LOUD WHISPERS: When One Violation Is Not Enough

LOUD WHISPERS:  When One Violation Is Not Enough

I am angry, frustrated, tired, and I feel sick. One of my security aides has been arrested for rape. I have known him for over ten years, so he is not a stranger who just joined my team. I have written in the past about three kinds of children. The ones you train well and […]

EU Court Says Headscarves Can Be Banned At Work Under Certain Conditions

EU Court Says Headscarves Can Be Banned At Work Under Certain Conditions

Companies may ban Muslim employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions, the European Union’s top court said on Thursday in a ruling on two cases brought by women in Germany who were suspended from their jobs for wearing one. The issue of the hijab, the traditional headscarf worn around the head and shoulders, has […]

Tanzania To Offer Alternative Education For School Dropouts Including Pregnant Girls -official

Tanzania To Offer Alternative Education For School Dropouts Including Pregnant Girls -official

 Secondary school drop-outs in Tanzania will be offered the opportunity to resume studies in alternative colleges, the government said on Tuesday, part of a shift away from a disputed policy under which pregnant girls were expelled from school. Such expulsions had increased under the tenure of maverick President John Magufuli, who died in March, according […]

Afghan Girls Determined To Go Back To School After Deadly Attack

Afghan Girls Determined To Go Back To School After Deadly Attack

Days after losing her younger sister in a bomb attack on the school in Kabul that both girls attended, Farzanah Asghari stood by the 15-year-old’s grave and quietly wept. At least 80 people were killed and more than 160 injured in the attack near the Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School in the Afghan capital as students […]

Myanmar Protesters String Up Women’s Clothes For Protection

Myanmar Protesters String Up Women’s Clothes For Protection

Protesters in Myanmar have taken to stringing up women’s clothing on lines across the streets to slow down police and soldiers because walking beneath them is traditionally considered bad luck for men. The wraparound cloths, known as longyi, are hung on washing lines. Sometimes women’s underwear is used too. “The reason why we hang the […]

Coronavirus Fallout Traps More Congolese Girls In Sex Work

Coronavirus Fallout Traps More Congolese Girls In Sex Work

When Naomie’s mother asked the teenager to join her as a sex worker in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo last September, she knew it was a matter of survival for the family. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic – from rising food prices to a curfew resulting in fewer clients for her […]

Activists Are Working Together To Break The Silence On Intimate Partner Violence

Activists Are Working Together To Break The Silence On Intimate Partner Violence

Eight girls sit on straw mats in a dusty courtyard in Gaza province, southern Mozambique. They share their stories about abuse, violence and overcoming trauma. Celeste*, 21, a young woman with a gentle smile, leads the group. Her story resonates with the other girls: “I have been through abuse and I know how much it […]

Avoiding Unintended Pregnancies In Cash-Strapped Malawi

Avoiding Unintended Pregnancies In Cash-Strapped Malawi

In January, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, Malawi clang to the hope that the deadly disease stays outside its borders. But all the hope came crumbling when the country recorded its first case of COVID-19 at the beginning of April. With a weak health system characterized by frequent drug stock-outs and high […]

Hundreds of Schoolgirls Abducted in Raid

Hundreds of Schoolgirls Abducted in Raid

Gunmen have abducted hundreds of children in an attack on a boarding school. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his government would not “succumb to blackmail by bandits.” An armed gang abducted over 300 schoolgirls in an attack on a boarding school in northwestern Nigeria, authorities said on Friday. “There’s information that they were moved to […]

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