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El Salvador’s Pregnant Girls Raped In Lockdown

El Salvador’s Pregnant Girls Raped In Lockdown

More than 100 girls in El Salvador, some as young as 10, got pregnant after being raped at home during the coronavirus lockdown, but strict laws mean they have no safe options to end unwanted pregnancies, campaigners said on Monday. Under El Salvador’s total ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, a deformed […]

Braving Stigma, Female Athletes Lead Cycling Drive In Kabul

Braving Stigma, Female Athletes Lead Cycling Drive In Kabul

Almost every morning, before rush hour clogs up the streets of Kabul, professional athlete Rukhsar Habibzai puts on her helmet, goggles and cycling shoes and rides door-to-door picking up women for a training session around Afghanistan’s capital. Many in the conservative country see cycling as a sport reserved for men, so for Habibzai and the […]

Women Seeking Help From Violence Almost Doubles In Mexico Lockdown

Women Seeking Help From Violence Almost Doubles In Mexico Lockdown

The number of women and children seeking help at shelters for victims of violence has surged by more than 80% in Mexico under the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country’s largest network of shelters for victims of violence. The National Network of Shelters, which includes about 69 refuges across Mexico, also said the number of […]

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

As soon as Kenya introduced a coronavirus curfew, Dr Jemimah Kariuki, an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Nairobi’s Kenyatta Hospital started seeing more death and complications. “Every time I went to the hospital it was fewer numbers but more complications…and when women died alone in childbirth, I was like ‘in 2020?’ You are dying? Alone?” she said. Mothers […]

World Urged To Rebuild Greener, More Equal Economies After Coronavirus

World Urged To Rebuild Greener, More Equal Economies After Coronavirus

Plans to rebuild shattered economies after the new coronavirus pandemic offer a chance to create a greener, fairer societies amid growing anger worldwide at rising inequality, the civil society group CIVICUS said on Thursday. The crisis has deepened and laid bare economic inequalities, with many essential roles such as food delivery and medical care undertaken […]

President Fines Guests Who Breached Lockdown To Attend His Party

President Fines Guests Who Breached Lockdown To Attend His Party

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark his party’s 60th anniversary and subsequently fining all the guests who attended. The South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) birthday party took place in parliament on April 19, when Namibia was under lockdown and group gatherings were […]

Spain Provides Lockdown Support For Trafficking Victims, Prostitutes

Spain Provides Lockdown Support For Trafficking Victims, Prostitutes

Spain unveiled on Tuesday a series of measures aimed at helping prostitutes and victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation survive the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Under the new measures, victims will be able to access improved support services, emergency accommodation and claim a new social benefit for those at risk of extreme poverty, the Ministry of […]

Lebanon’s Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Migrant Women Penniless And Stranded

Lebanon’s Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Migrant Women Penniless And Stranded

Domestic worker Kurate only went to Lebanon so she could earn money to support her family in Ethiopia. Now she is stuck there with no work, no income – and no way of getting home to them. Since Lebanon closed its borders in one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns, workers’ rights groups say tens […]

The Story Corner : TikTok Craze

The Story Corner : TikTok Craze

Our people are boredddddddddddddddddddd…   This lockdown is causing a lot of hullabaloo on social media. The lockdown is literarily killing people. People are getting frustrated at home especially for us Nigerians who battle with electricity. lol. A lot of our stars have been going live on a daily basis. They are bored to stupor […]

In Italy, Support Groups Fear Lockdown Is Silencing Domestic Abuse Victims

In Italy, Support Groups Fear Lockdown Is Silencing Domestic Abuse Victims

Italy has seen a sharp fall in official reports of domestic violence as it approaches a month under coronavirus lockdown, raising concern among some support groups that forced confinement is leaving victims struggling to seek help. Citing official data, a parliamentary committee into violence against women said last week that reports to police of domestic […]

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