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Honduras: Indigenous Leader Murdered Despite Police Protection

Honduras: Indigenous Leader Murdered Despite Police Protection

Berta Caceres, the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, or COPIHN, was killed by unknown assailants early Thursday morning at 1:00 a.m. local time inside her home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibuca. Caceres was leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and was a staunch human rights […]

The Divorce Diary of Jamila Audu

The Divorce Diary of Jamila Audu

MY NAME IS JAMILA AUDU BUT EVERYBODY CALLS ME INNA. I AM FROM ADAMAWA STATE. I AM 42 YEARS OLD AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY DIVORCE DIARY WITH YOU. I met my ex-husband Musa at a friend’s wedding in Sokoto. My father was a lecturer at the University of Sokoto. I had just […]

India’s Dark Secret

India’s Dark Secret

Imagine being taken to a room in a dark decrepit building. Imagine being pinned down on the floor. Imagine your underwear being taken off. Imagine seeing a knife being heated on the gas stove. Imagine the same hot knife slicing your clitoris. Imagine young girls shrieking in pain. The cruel practice of female genital cutting […]

Uganda: Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women

Uganda: Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women

Kampala — Mayimuna Monica* has been living with HIV for over 10 years and wants to have a baby. But she can’t because her uterus was removed against her will at a government hospital where she had gone to deliver her last child now aged eight. “My uterus was removed in 2007. When I got […]

Kenya: Gang-Raped and Nowhere to Turn

Nairobi — Owuor P.’s 16-year-old sister Nekesa tried and tried to get an abortion after she was gang-raped and found herself pregnant during Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007-8. “We are not sure how many raped her,” Owuor told me. “She told us that she saw three men rape her and then she lost consciousness. She […]

Rape charges hang over U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

Rape charges hang over U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Sitting under a mango tree on the outskirts of this capital city, Abdou Mbone, 58, says U.N. peacekeeping troops raped his wife, Halima, before leaving her dead body in the street a year ago. Mbone’s wife had gone to purchase food for dinner before realizing that Christian militias were in the neighborhood fighting Islamic […]

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

The Congolese human rights campaigner Rebecca Masika Katsuva, who has died suddenly aged 49, of malaria and high blood pressure, was known affectionately to many as “Mama Masika”. Attacked and raped during the wars that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo, she went on to campaign against rape as a weapon of war, and set […]

Memories of FGM: ‘I was screaming in pain and fear’

Memories of FGM: ‘I was screaming in pain and fear’

“What hurt me the most was the indifference of the people around me,” says Assita Kanko. She is sitting in an elegant tearoom in Brussels, Belgium, having tea and cake. But she is talking about the worst experience of her life – the day she was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). “I was […]

Girls not brides!

A hearty Gbosa!(Well done!) to Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and her team for setting up this forum. It is much needed and long overdue. A very loud Gbosa! (Well done!) also goes to all the people who worked towards making marriage for people under the age of 18 illegal in Zimbabwe. This victory in Zimbabwe became even […]

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

New Delhi, India – It was January 2 and the residue of  the new year celebrations still hung in the New Delhi air. But for a group of students, academics and activists converging on the streets of the capital, the mood was anything but celebratory. The anger at this rally in solidarity with GN Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound […]