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Female Protest Leader Gunned Down In Iraq’s Basra

Female Protest Leader Gunned Down In Iraq’s Basra

A female activist was killed on Wednesday and three others wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their car in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, security and health sources told Reuters. It was the third incident this week in which gunmen targeted an anti-government political activist, after one activist was killed and four others […]

SA Records Drop In Gender-Based Violence

SA Records Drop In Gender-Based Violence

South Africa’s initial COVID-19 lockdown saw gender-based violence and sexual crimes dramatically decrease during levels 5 and 4. Sexual offences crimes decreased between April and June, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday. Releasing the inaugural first quarter crime statistics, Cele said between April and June, sexual offences decreased by 39.7%. These related to crimes […]

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative’s son would alleviate the financial burden on her family and offer a better […]

Turkish Women Bear Brunt Of Unpaid Work Amidst Lock Down

Turkish Women Bear Brunt Of Unpaid Work Amidst Lock Down

Turkish women did four times as many households and care work as men during lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, research supported by the United Nations Development Programme showed on Thursday. A survey conducted in May of more than 2,400 people showed women shouldered most of the unpaid work during lockdown even […]

Amid Quarantine, Ecuador Women Speak In Code To Seek Protection From Domestic Violence

Amid Quarantine, Ecuador Women Speak In Code To Seek Protection From Domestic Violence

Ecuadorean women are using code words to seek help in situations of domestic violence as the country’s quarantine is creating conditions for increased abuse of women and has also forced the closure of many organizations that provide support. Some women send specific emojis in cell phone text messages or approach neighbors to ask for salt […]

Rape Survivor Fights Sexual Violence With Awareness Campaign

Rape Survivor Fights Sexual Violence With Awareness Campaign

A Botswana singer and activist who was raped three years ago launched a campaign on Friday to fight high rates of sexual violence in the country, saying the rape of her younger sister last month had spurred her to act. Refilwe Mooki, 23, who still suffers post-traumatic stress as a result of her attack, said […]

Domestic Violence Cases Decrease In Cuanza Sul

Domestic Violence Cases Decrease In Cuanza Sul

The central Cuanza Sul province registered a total of 136 cases of domestic violence in the last six months, less 30 in relation to the same period in 2019, the provincial director of the Department of the Social Action Family and Gender Equality, Maria da Conceição Neto, told ANGOP on Tuesday. In the meantime, the […]

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya’s president on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls – including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have fuelled an upsurge in gender-based violence across the world, with […]

COVID-19 Highlights Need For Companies To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

COVID-19 Highlights Need For Companies To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

The global surge in domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns highlights the need for companies to do more to protect victims and help them get their lives back on track, experts on the issue said on Thursday. Companies should offer women facing domestic abuse flexible working, extra leave so they can move home and sort out […]

Join The Fight Against GBV

Join The Fight Against GBV

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has called on all South Africans to join hands in the fight against the scourge of Gender-Based Violence. “I implore all South Africans wherever you are, whatever language you speak, whatever your religious persuasion and whatever your political affiliation, let us join hands together to fight this evil scourge that […]