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Name, Shame Law Imminent In Botswana

Name, Shame Law Imminent In Botswana

Government will prioritise the Sexual Offenders Bill in efforts to table it in the November Parliament sitting. Addressing the nation on gender-based violence (GBV) issues Friday, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said the bill proposed stiffer penalties and establishment of a sex offenders’ registry for recording and publicising names as well as particulars of all persons […]

GBV Cases Decline In First Quarter Of 2020

GBV Cases Decline In First Quarter Of 2020

Zambia has recorded a decline in the number of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases. According to the latest statistics from the Victim Support Unit (VSU) of the Zambia Police Service, 5,040 GBV cases were recorded in the first quarter of 2020 countrywide, compared to 5584 cases recorded during the same period in 2019. The figures represented […]

Gender-Based Violence Impacts Both Victims and the Country, Says PM

Gender-Based Violence Impacts Both Victims and the Country, Says PM

The priority of Government is to ensure the protection of one and all and the issue of gender-based violence has an impact not only on victims, families and children but also on the country in terms of productivity and costs to the economy. The Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister […]

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

As a 10-year-old in rural Kenya, Beryl Magoko was not surprised when her Kuria community arranged for her to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), as it was normal for girls. But she was shocked to learn about reconstructive surgery for FGM at a 2013 screening in West Africa of her award-winning documentary “The Cut” – […]

Survivors Of Boko Haram Need A Lot More Than Media Frenzy

Survivors Of Boko Haram Need A Lot More Than Media Frenzy

Words have a power to comfort tortured minds and to rebuild bonds of trust, respect and empathy that are the very foundation of communities At first glance, the scene could be something out of a new mums social group. Clusters of young women gathered together and chatting distractedly, children flitting between their legs, babies tugging […]

Amplifying The Voices Of Vulnerable Women And Children- The Story Of A Warrior

Amplifying The Voices Of Vulnerable Women And Children- The Story Of A Warrior

When she was a teen, Clementine Uwamahoro came face-to-face with evil that robbed her of her innocence. Uwamahoro was raped by her brother-in-law, and shockingly, with the help of her own sister. Her sister had failed to give birth and on advice of a ‘traditional’ doctor, her husband was advised to sleep with his wife’s […]

Stories From The Rwandan Genocide: A day in the marshes (VIDEO)

Stories From The Rwandan Genocide: A day in the marshes (VIDEO)

As terrified Tutsi families realised that no-one was going to come and rescue them, they did their best to hide from the teams of killers. The young and fit often chose to out-run the killers in the forests. The old, the sick, and parents with children spent their days hiding among the tall papyrus in […]

Stories From The Rwandan Genocide: A Close-up Look At the Survivors And Killers

Stories From The Rwandan Genocide:  A Close-up Look At the Survivors And Killers

How Do You Start A genocide? On the morning of April 7th 1994, orders went out across Rwanda. The interahamwe militia set up roadblocks around Kigali, opposition leaders were murdered and soldiers and militia were sent throughout the country to carry out a wave of killings. The early organisers included politicians, military leaders, businessmen, local […]

‘Why did you cut me?’ Survivors share the pain of FGM – video

‘Why did you cut me?’ Survivors share the pain of FGM – video

Marking the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation five Nigerian girls who recently underwent FGM in Cross River State talk about the horror of what happened to them and why the want the brutal and illegal practice in Nigeria stopped.