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No Bail for Former MP Accused of Rape

No Bail for Former MP Accused of Rape

Former National Council member Steve Biko Booys, who is accused of raping his biological daughter, was denied bail yesterday. The 42-year-old Booys, who is also a former Okahandja constituency councillor, was remanded in custody and his case postponed to 14 July when he appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz dismissed Booys’ […]

After Mourning, Fight On GBV Should Continue

After Mourning, Fight On GBV Should Continue

TANZANIA is still mourning the death of the late President John Magufuli, but at the same time it is celebrating the beginning of a new presidency. With the swearing-in of Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan as the sixth Tanzania President, the country created its own history by having the first female president. As we wait […]

Women Reduced To Tears At SGBV Protest

Women Reduced To Tears At SGBV Protest

EMOTIONS ran high as hundreds of Keetmanshoop residents took part in a youth-led protest against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at the town on Friday. The protest formed part of the countrywide #ShutItAllDown movement. Some protesters broke out in tears when a moment of silence was observed to remember victims of femicide after the group […]

Kenyan Men Take Lead In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Kenyan Men Take Lead In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Organisations involved in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and outdated cultural practices are now increasingly involving men owing to their influence in the African family setup. Men Engage Kenya Network (Menken), in partnership with Isiolo County Government, is undertaking a male-led advocacy campaign that seeks to engage 2,000 men in dealing with GBV cases, […]

As #MeToo Turns Three, Founder Launches Platform To Fight Sexual Violence

As #MeToo Turns Three, Founder Launches Platform To Fight Sexual Violence

The founder of the #MeToo movement marked its third anniversary on Thursday by launching an online platform to fight sexual violence, hoping to expand the reach of the campaign against harassment and assault. The digital platform, called “‘me too.’ Act Too,” will act like a search engine, giving users personalized options to donate, participate or […]

‘Groundbreaking’ Lesotho Study Reveals High Cost Of Domestic Violence

‘Groundbreaking’ Lesotho Study Reveals High Cost Of Domestic Violence

Countries could save billions of dollars a year by tackling the “disgusting pandemic” of domestic violence, the Commonwealth secretary-general said as economists estimated the scourge cost the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho 5.5% of GDP. Patricia Scotland said domestic violence burdened health, police and judicial services, led to absenteeism at work and school, and permanently […]

Sexual Violence In Namibia

Sexual Violence In Namibia

Sexual assaults against women and children have become an epidemic of horror, with more disturbing reports highlighting the country’s horrific rape crisis. This past weekend, a number of rape and sexual assault cases were reported to the police, including an uncle who allegedly raped his niece in northern Namibia. According to the police, the alleged […]

AW Gist (The Change Agents): Money Is Not Enough

AW Gist (The Change Agents): Money Is Not Enough

Just before you begin: This is a discussion between three social agents, three women involved in different social innovations who’ve been brought together to discuss the different issues they’ve solved, the different stories they’ve heard and how we all can become good influencers, good change agents. I hope this stirs a thing up as you […]

WHO Supports Government To Curb Gender-Based Violence

WHO Supports Government To Curb Gender-Based Violence

World Health Organization (WHO) Nigeria has ramped up partnerships with the Nigerian government to improve awareness on the health challenges of violence against women and the importance of health sector response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV), particularly in the northeast, where thousands of conflict-displaced persons are receiving humanitarian aid. In 2019, WHO assisted in creating awareness […]

Central African Republic Seeks Justice For Rural Victims Of Sexual Violence

Central African Republic Seeks Justice For Rural Victims Of Sexual Violence

Restoring court operations in rural parts of the war-torn Central African Republic is vital to tackling sexual violence and ensuring victims can seek justice, a top government official said, as the coronavirus pandemic fuels gender-based abuse. Rape has been widely used as a weapon of war in the country of 4.6 million, which is still […]