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South African Government Tightens Law To Curb GBV

South African Government Tightens Law To Curb GBV

The South African government and its partners will make good on its promise to protect the country’s women and children against gender-based violence, President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed. To demonstrate this commitment, the government recently set the wheels in motion to tighten perceived legislative loopholes. Apart from the R1.6 billion Emergency Response Action Plan to […]

Ban Virginity Test – Afghanistan Rights Panel

Ban Virginity Test – Afghanistan Rights Panel

Afghanistan’s human rights panel on Thursday backed an “unconditional ban” on virginity tests, saying they violate rights, lack scientific basis and do nothing to protect women. Virginity tests check whether a woman or girl’s hymen – the thin tissue that may partially cover the vagina – is torn, in an effort to determine if she […]

Netherlands Wants To Punish Silence On Sex Abuse In Closed Communities

Netherlands Wants To Punish Silence On Sex Abuse In Closed Communities

The Dutch government wants to prosecute members of private groups and communities who fail to report sexual abuse in their organisations, a move that comes after Jehovah’s Witnesses rejected demands to tackle the under-reporting of abuse. A 2019 report commissioned by the government to investigate sexual abuse involving Jehovah’s Witnesses found few cases were being […]

Afghan Government Says Mother’s Name Can Go On Birth Certificates

Afghan Government Says Mother’s Name Can Go On Birth Certificates

The Afghan government has accepted a proposal to put mothers’ names on their children’s birth certificates, in a rare win for women’s rights activists in the deeply conservative country. Campaigners have for years pushed for women to be named on official documents including children’s birth certificates, which like Afghan identity documents carry only the name […]

UK Court Sentences Man Who Filmed Naked, Unconscious Woman After Five-Year Battle

UK Court Sentences Man Who Filmed Naked, Unconscious Woman After Five-Year Battle

A man who filmed a woman naked and unconscious in a London hotel room was on Friday fined 2,000 pounds ($2,640) and ordered to attend rehabilitation sessions, but avoided prison, after a five-year legal battle by his victim. Emily Hunt woke up next to a man she did not recognise in a hotel room in […]

Access To Justice For Victims And Survivors Of Sexual Violence Remains Elusive

Access To Justice For Victims And Survivors Of Sexual Violence Remains Elusive

It’s been a year since 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered at a Cape Town post office. But civil society activists say slow progress has been made to improve the criminal justice system’s response to gender-based violence and femicide despite the government’s ‘rapid’ interventions. Uyinene Mrwetyana was brutally killed by former Clareinch […]

Egypt Approves Law To Protect Identities Of Women Reporting Sex Abuse

Egypt Approves Law To Protect Identities Of Women Reporting Sex Abuse

Egypt approved a new law on Sunday to protect the identity of women who come forward to report sexual harassment or assault in a move that aimed to encourage women and girls to report cases of sexual violence. The law, which will give victims the automatic right to anonymity, comes as hundreds of women have […]

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage. The East African nation has high rates of child marriage and violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation (FGM). The United Nations says 45% of women are married before […]

Woman Filmed Naked And Unconscious In London Hotel Wins 5-year legal fight

Woman Filmed Naked And Unconscious In London Hotel Wins 5-year legal fight

  A woman who was filmed naked and unconscious by a man she did not know in a London hotel room won a five-year legal battle on Friday after he pleaded guilty under new rules on voyeurism. Emily Hunt woke up next to a man she did not recognise in a hotel room in May […]

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Bill To Protect Sex Assault Victims’ Identity

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Bill To Protect Sex Assault Victims’ Identity

The government is under pressure to encourage more women to report assault after a slew of complaints on social media Egyptian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a draft law that would give survivors of sexual assault and harassment the automatic right to anonymity, under pressure to do more to encourage women to report such crimes. The […]