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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 […]

‘It Is No Exaggeration To Say That We Are A Sick Society’ – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

‘It Is No Exaggeration To Say That We Are A Sick Society’ –  Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng released the annual report of the South African judiciary 2018/19 at a time when outrage over gender-based violence is leading many to call for increasingly harsh and immediate penalties for the crime. But Judge Mogoeng avoided any populist endorsement of this sentiment — instead advocating more nuanced approaches to prosecution and […]

OXFAM Rwanda Intensifies Efforts In Fighting Sexual and Gender Based Violence

OXFAM Rwanda Intensifies Efforts In Fighting Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Considering that more victims of sexual and gender-based violence continue to be experienced, OXFAM in Rwanda in partnership with Rwanda Interfaith Council on Health (RICH) and Ruhango District has intensified campaigns against the vices. In a campaign that took place in Ruhango district on Thursday, Eugene Ingabire Gender Justice Technical Advisor at OXFAM in Rwanda […]

Ending Statelessness Is Easy, Says Kyrgyz Winner Of Top U.N. Prize

Ending Statelessness Is Easy, Says Kyrgyz Winner Of Top U.N. Prize

A lawyer who helped Kyrgyzstan become the first country to eradicate statelessness has urged politicians to end the plight of millions of “legal ghosts” who lack any nationality after winning a prestigious U.N. award on Wednesday.   Kyrgyz human rights lawyer Azizbek Ashurov said combating statelessness was “simple”, but required political will, arguing that governments […]

Leaders Call On World To End Scourge Of Gender-Based Violence

Leaders Call On World To End Scourge Of Gender-Based Violence

 Betty* is a survivor. The South Sudanese teenager has risen above a horrific act of violence and reclaimed her life. But her heroic act of recovery should never have been necessary, leaders at the United Nations emphasized on Tuesday at a panel discussion on gender-based violence. Betty was 16 years old when four armed men […]