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When the World Unites to End Violence Against Women

When the World Unites to End Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls is a global human rights challenge which must be fought to a standstill, JOY YESUFU writes. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the frontlines showed that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have escalated. The trend is described as […]

Egypt Student Jailed For 3 yrs For Online Sexual Harassment

Egypt Student Jailed For 3 yrs For Online Sexual Harassment

 A former Cairo student was jailed for three years on Tuesday for using social media to sexually harass women and will face charges of sexual assault next month in a case that triggered a #MeToo moment in the country. Ahmed Bassam Zaki, formerly at the American University in Cairo, will face the court again on […]

Championing Advocacy Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Championing Advocacy Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Sexual and Gender-based violence cases like rape, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, forced early marriage, domestic violence, marital rape, trafficking, and female genital mutilation among others have undoubtedly ripped the peace of nations. Rebecca Ejifoma reports that the recently commemorated 16 days of activism by Agents for Citizens-Driven Transformation against gender-based violence was an opportunity to address these […]

Kenyan Women Win Damages for Sexual Violence During 2007-8 Poll Violence

Kenyan Women Win Damages for Sexual Violence During 2007-8 Poll Violence

Many rape survivors suffer trauma and hardship more than a decade after the election violence Four rape survivors won 4 million shillings ($35,906) each on Thursday, as Kenya’s High Court ruled the government failed to investigate sexual violence cases after a disputed 2007 poll. The landmark ruling came after eight survivors – backed by human […]

Gambia Launches 16 Days Campaign of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Gambia Launches 16 Days Campaign of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The Gambia has joined the rest of the world to lead the campaign against gender-based violence. The Network Against Gender-Based Violence (NGBV) in partnership with ActionAid The Gambia on Tuesday briefed the press about the forthcoming 16-day activism at an event held at ActionAid’s conference hall in Pipeline. The launching ceremony was supported by Amplify-Change […]

Awareness Key to End Violence, Harassment In World Of Work

Awareness Key to End Violence, Harassment In World Of Work

REPRESENTATIVES from government ministries responsible for gender and other stakeholders will on November 12 and 13 meet in Arusha to discuss measures on the first International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards that address violence and harassment in the workplace. Convention 190 concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace was adopted in Geneva on […]

France Turns To Trackers To Fight Violence

France Turns To Trackers To Fight Violence

As France trials electronic bracelets to keep domestic abusers away from their victims, women’s rights campaigners have warned that tagging systems will not be enough to stop violent men from killing. The GPS-tracking devices – similar to tags used to keep tabs on sex offenders – detect when an abuser gets too close and trigger […]

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 […]

Abuse Victims Hope Jamaica Election Brings Long-Awaited Women’s Shelters

Abuse Victims Hope Jamaica Election Brings Long-Awaited Women’s Shelters

Tiffany’s ex-boyfriend hit her almost every day, but once, he beat her so badly he damaged her eyesight. Eventually, the 20-year-old Jamaican hairdresser went to the police – she only wishes more help had been available at the time. As Jamaicans head to the polls on Thursday, thousands of domestic violence victims hope the next […]

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 […]

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