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UK Government To Introduce Criticised Voter ID Law This Year

UK Government To Introduce Criticised Voter ID Law This Year

 Britain’s government will introduce a new law this year to crack down on the potential for voter fraud and intimidation by including rules requiring voters to prove their identities, a move critics said could deter people from casting ballots. Currently, voters need to only give their name and address to be able to vote, but […]

Kenya First Female Chief Justice

Kenya First Female Chief Justice

If parliament formally approves the nomination of Justice Martha Koome as the next Chief Justice of Kenya and president of the Supreme Court, as is widely expected, she will become the first woman to occupy the seat in Kenya’s history. Justice Martha Koome topped nine other candidates – including two other women – for the job during interviews carried […]

Govt Raises Concerns Over Rising Gender-Based Violence

Govt Raises Concerns Over Rising Gender-Based Violence

The government has raised concerns over increasing cases of gender-based violence in the Country. According to the Ministry of Public Service and Gender, GBV cases are on an upward trajectory with the incidents coinciding with the Covid-19 period. The Cabinet Secretary in the ministry, Margaret Kobia, said at the end of 2020 some 5,009 gender-based […]

Supreme Court Shut Down As Judiciary Workers Begin Strike

Supreme Court Shut Down As Judiciary Workers Begin Strike

The action is expected to be replicated across all Nigerian courts on Tuesday. Judiciary workers Tuesday morning shut down the Supreme Court in Abuja, in line with their threat to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike to press for financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government. The development came as a defiance to the […]

New Zealand Passes Miscarriages Bereavement Leave Law

New Zealand Passes Miscarriages Bereavement Leave Law

New Zealand’s parliament has passed legislation giving mothers and their partners the right to paid leave following a miscarriage or stillbirth, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. The bereavement allowance, passed unanimously in parliament late on Wednesday, gives employees three days leave when a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth without […]

French Actor Depardieu Placed Under Sexual Violence Investigation – Judicial Source

French Actor Depardieu Placed Under Sexual Violence Investigation – Judicial Source

 French actor Gerard Depardieu was placed under formal investigation on charges of rape and sexual violence in December last year, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday. A lawyer representing the 72-year-old Depardieu, one of France’s most prolific and famous actors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment left by Reuters at his […]

Women Inch Towards Equal Legal Rights Despite COVID-19 Risks, World Bank says

Women Inch Towards Equal Legal Rights Despite COVID-19 Risks, World Bank says

Women gained legal rights in nearly 30 countries last year despite disruption due to COVID-19, but governments must do more to ease the disproportionate burden shouldered by women during the pandemic, the World Bank said on Tuesday. Nations should prioritise gender equality in economic recovery efforts, the bank said, warning that progress on equal rights […]

‘Zero Tolerance’ for School Sex Offences

‘Zero Tolerance’ for School Sex Offences

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has zero-tolerance for teachers or staff members accused of sexual offences against pupils, said executive director Sanet Steenkamp. She said this at a time student organisations have accused the ministry of neglecting its duty to protect pupils from sexual predators. “I want to state that the ministry upon […]

Australia Promises Quick, Independent Probe After Third Rape Accusation

Australia Promises Quick, Independent Probe After Third Rape Accusation

 Australia will quickly deliver the result of a planned independent inquiry into parliament’s workplace culture, the government said on Monday, as pressure grows after a newspaper published a third accusation of rape. Two female employees of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal party said last week they had been raped by the same man in 2019 […]

UK Urged To Make Strangulation A Crime Under Domestic Abuse Bill

UK Urged To Make Strangulation A Crime Under Domestic Abuse Bill

British lawmakers said on Tuesday women’s lives could be saved if non-fatal strangulation was recognised as a specific offence, amid renewed fears of domestic violence under a new lockdown. Debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill in the upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, coincided with the first day of a third lockdown, which will […]

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