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Root Causes Of South Sudan’s Conflict Untouched

Root Causes Of South Sudan’s Conflict Untouched

Since civil war broke out in December 2013 in the young state of South Sudan, the country has made 12 peace agreements. None of which have brought sustainable peace. The parties continue to battle over control of resources, mostly oil. As a result of this continuing conflict, about 7.5 million people need humanitarian aid. Three United Nations agencies have warned an […]

South-East Records Highest Sexual, Gender-Based Violence

South-East Records Highest Sexual, Gender-Based Violence

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday said it has received over 113 cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) within the six geo-political zones with South-east having the highest record. Besides, the commission said it’s working on a recommendation to the federal government through the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as part of his request […]

Better Pay Would End Female Genital Mutilation – Survivor

Better Pay Would End Female Genital Mutilation – Survivor

Female genital mutilation (FGM) will not end unless women are lifted out of poverty and donors stop wasting money on ineffective aid programmes, said a prominent Gambian activist. Jaha Dukureh is a survivor of child marriage and FGM, an ancient ritual which involves the total or partial removal of the external genitalia. An estimated 200 […]

Egypt Detains Doctor, Parents As Girl Dies After Genital Cutting

Egypt Detains Doctor, Parents As Girl Dies After Genital Cutting

 The victim’s parents and aunt took her to a private clinic where she underwent the illegal procedure, also known as female circumcision Egypt has detained a retired doctor after the death of a 12-year-old girl on whom he performed female genital mutilation (FGM) sparked anger among women’s rights activists. The victim’s parents and aunt took […]

Cheap As Bread, Girls Sell Sex To Survive Crisis In Africa

Cheap As Bread, Girls Sell Sex To Survive Crisis In Africa

Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex – sometimes for less than the cost of bread – to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country […]

World Bank Disregarding Ban On Pregnant Schoolgirls

World Bank Disregarding Ban On Pregnant Schoolgirls

The World Bank may reverse its hold on a US$500 million education loan to Tanzania despite the government’s policy of expelling pregnant schoolgirls. On January 28, 2020, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors will vote on the loan to fund Tanzania’s secondary education strategy. “The World Bank understands that providing girls with safe, quality […]

Rape, Sexual Violence Prompt Grave Concerns In Zanzibar

Rape, Sexual Violence Prompt Grave Concerns In Zanzibar

SEXUAL violence against women and children has been in focus here since the launch of National Plan of Action to End Violence (NPAEV) in August 2017, but there is little indication that crimes against women are abating. The campaign has literally proved to be effective and very productive, mainly with increased people’s awareness of reporting […]

Ivory Coast Pledges Trafficking Crackdown As 137 Child Victims Are Rescued

Ivory Coast Pledges Trafficking Crackdown As 137 Child Victims Are Rescued

Ivory Coast police on Monday vowed to ramp up efforts to stop child trafficking after rescuing 137 children from forced labour and sex work in the first major operation in several years. Police surrounded the southeastern town of Aboisso for 48 hours last week and searched vehicles, cocoa plantations and nearby villages for children who […]

Explainer : Important Things To Know About Ekiti Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2019

Explainer : Important Things To Know About Ekiti Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2019

Last week, a report by Constitutional Rights Awareness and Liberty Initiative adjudged  Ekiti state as the most human rights-friendly state in the western part of Nigeria in commemoration of this year’s International Human Rights Day in Lagos. Ekiti state came first in the western, eastern and southern part of Nigeria. Due to the upward swing […]

Baby Factories Are a New Avenue for Illegal Adoption and Human Trafficking

Baby Factories Are a New Avenue for Illegal Adoption and Human Trafficking

Infant commodification and human trafficking are on the rise in many African countries. One avenue for human trafficking of this kind are ‘baby factories’ where women of childbearing-age are forced into pregnancy for purposes of selling their children. This type of internment subjects the mother and the child to unspeakable trauma, violence and abuse. The […]

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