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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 […]

Why is everyone reluctant to brand attack on the Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru so?

Why is everyone reluctant to brand attack on the Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru so?

The Karnataka government was accused of utter incompetence and insensitivity in the handling of the affair of the attack on the Tanzanian girl. But events on Friday seemed to swiftly turn things around. In what can only be seen as a volte-face, Tanzanian High Commissioner to India John WH Kijazi said in Bengaluru that the […]

Indian child bride becomes youngest divorcee in the world

Indian child bride becomes youngest divorcee in the world

An Indian child bride, who got married at the age of four to a 10-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh (UP), has become the youngest divorcee in the world. Four year-old Fatima Mangre, whose father got her married to Arjun Bakridi from the Shravasti district of UP, lived with her husband for four years. However, Fatima’s father, Anil Mangre, […]

Dispatches: Remembering Masika, One of Congo’s Heroes

Dispatches: Remembering Masika, One of Congo’s Heroes

The Democratic Republic of Congo lost a hero this week. Rebecca Masika Katsuva, a women’s rights activist who dedicated her life to helping rape victims in eastern Congo, passed away unexpectedly on February 2. Masika had a huge heart and incredible courage. She was raped herself – multiple times – and witnessed unimaginable violence against […]

5 Kashmiri women who won’t let you forget Kunan-Poshpora mass rape

5 Kashmiri women who won’t let you forget Kunan-Poshpora mass rape

SRINAGAR: Five young Kashmiri women have worked relentlessly for three years to comprehensively document one of the worst crimes against humanity committed by the Indian armed forces in the Valley: the mass rape of more than 30 women in Kunan-Poshpora villages of Kupwara in 1991. The fruit of their labour, ‘Do You Remember Kunan-Poshpora’, was […]

Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’

Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’

WHETHER it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact — saving lives of perhaps thousands of girls — may be one you’ve never heard of. It stars not Leonardo DiCaprio but a real-life 19-year-old Pakistani woman named Saba Qaiser. Her odyssey began when she fell in love against her family’s wishes and […]

How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

  One woman was molested at age eight. The second was 15 years old when four men blindfolded and raped her. And the third faced sexual assault twice, once as a child and the second time as an adult. Shame and fear kept all three of them silent for years before telling anyone about their […]