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As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Honrne Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. “I felt […]

Ghana’s Market Women Score Win Against Forced Eviction

Ghana’s Market Women Score Win Against Forced Eviction

 In a junk-strewn lot on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital, weary-looking street vendors gathered to hear their leader Vida Tangwam passionately protest their impending eviction. The women – among them high school drop-outs and single mothers – were usually treated like “nobody” by city authorities, Tangwam said. For decades street vendors have been forcibly, and […]

Parliament Disapproves Land Bill In Uganda

Parliament Disapproves Land Bill In Uganda

The Ugandan government last week withdrew from parliament a proposed constitutional amendment Bill that sought to allow compulsory acquisition of private land for infrastructural development. Article 26 of the Constitution provides that no person shall be compulsorily deprived of his property except after adequate compensation. The amendment proposed to insert a clause in the law […]

Lagos Records 3,089 Cases Of Sexual, Domestic Violence In 8 Months

Lagos Records 3,089 Cases Of Sexual, Domestic Violence In 8 Months

Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) on Monday disclosed that no fewer than 3,089 cases of sexual, domestic violence were reported in the state in the past eight months. The state’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, revealed this at the media parley commemorating, the Domestic and Sexual Violence […]

Eritrea May Change Army Draft That Spurred Thousands to Europe

Eritrea May Change Army Draft That Spurred Thousands to Europe

  Eritrea says it will cut the size of its army as part of changes to a system of mandatory national service that the United Nations blames for propelling tens of thousands of people to flee to Europe and neighboring countries. The official end to a two-decade war with neighboring Ethiopia means the country that […]

Sudanese Woman Activist Faces Death Sentence

Sudanese Woman Activist Faces Death Sentence

 A prominent Sudanese rights activist opposed to government’s morality laws criminalising “indecent dressing” is facing a death sentence following trumped up charges of crimes against the state. Police arrested Wini Omer, a frequent target for prosecution by authorities, in the capital Khartoum on International Human Rights Day in December 10 for allegedly wearing “inappropriate” clothes. […]

Egyptian Court Delays Verdict in Mass Trial Over Rabaa Sit-in

Egyptian Court Delays Verdict in Mass Trial Over Rabaa Sit-in

An Egyptian court on Saturday delayed a final ruling in a case against 739 people involved in a 2013 sit-in protest that was broken up by security forces, saying defendants could not be transferred to the court due to “security concerns”. The case, which involves top leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including the group’s […]

Young Girls Should Be Given Access To Political Participation And Empowerment

Young Girls Should Be Given Access To Political Participation And Empowerment

On 23 April 2018 Girl Child Empowerment conducted a community dialogue meeting in Masthebe community in Bulawayo. The activity was cemented with the passion of lifting the banner for young girls and women towards participating in 2018 national elections. The community training and awareness was aimed at presenting some lectures on the issues affecting young […]

Tanzania Sets 2-Week Deadline For Bloggers Amid Internet Crackdown

Tanzania Sets 2-Week Deadline For Bloggers Amid Internet Crackdown

  Tanzania’s communications regulator has issued a two-week deadline for bloggers to register their platforms under strict new online content rules, amid concerns that the government is cracking down on internet users. The regulations passed in March make it mandatory for bloggers and owners of other online forums such as Youtube TV channels to register […]

She’s Made To Work Two Months More Than Her Male Counterpart To Earn The Same Salary

She’s Made To Work Two Months More Than Her Male Counterpart To Earn The Same Salary

It is estimated that a South African woman would need to work two months more than a man to earn the equivalent salary that her male counterpart would earn in a year. There are other gender inequalities in all facets of life. By SEDIKO RAKOLOTE.  Despite having a Constitution which describes equality as a fundamental […]