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Salvadoran Woman, Freed After 10 Years In Prison On Abortion Charge, Seeks New Footing

Salvadoran Woman, Freed After 10 Years In Prison On Abortion Charge, Seeks New Footing

Sara Rogel, a Salvadoran woman who spent 10 years in prison on charges of violating the South American country’s harsh abortion ban when she terminated her own pregnancy, is trying to get her life back after being released last week. Rogel, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison, was arrested in October 2012 after […]

UK Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Woman’s Rape And Kidnap

UK Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Woman’s Rape And Kidnap

 A police officer has admitted the rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard whose killing sparked anger and soul-searching across Britain about what police, government and society can do to stop male violence against women, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer who guarded diplomatic premises, also accepted responsibility for killing Everard […]

‘Violence Threatens Women, Girls’ Reproductive Rights’

‘Violence Threatens Women, Girls’ Reproductive Rights’

The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) has called for collective action to stem the rising cases of sexual, gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country. The executive director of the WARDC, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, made the call on Saturday in Abuja at a training for chief security officers on how to strengthen coordination mechanisms […]

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 […]

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