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BitterSweet Victory For Women Facing Domestic Violence

BitterSweet  Victory For Women Facing Domestic Violence

A hotly-debated new law aimed at protecting women in Morocco against domestic violence does not go far enough, said women’s rights activists who have campaigned for reform for years. The law passed in the Muslim country earlier this month criminalises “harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women”, according to the women’s ministry. But […]

Suicide Bombers Kill 18, Injure 22 In Borno

Suicide Bombers Kill 18, Injure 22 In Borno

Three suicide bombers; two female and a male, sneaked into a fish market (Kasuwan Kifi) at Sabon Gari, remote community in Konduga Local Government at the outskirts of Maiduguri on Friday night, the police said. Commissioner of Police, Borno State, Mr Damian Chukwu said the bombers infiltrated the market after his men had cleared the […]

17 Dead In Florida School Shooting

17 Dead In Florida School Shooting

No fewer than 17 persons were killed at a Florida high school on Wednesday, after a gunman opened fire, leaving terrified students huddled in their classrooms, texting friends and family for help. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, had left “multiple dead,” with […]

Hashtag Activism Like #NotOkay Is Challenging Rape Culture

Hashtag Activism Like #NotOkay Is Challenging Rape Culture

Twitter campaigns can encourage men to shut down degrading “locker room talk” and provide victims with a voice, according to a study of #NotOkay, an online reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements about grabbing women’s genitals. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), who examined hundreds of #NotOkay tweets, found that people used social media […]

Despite Laws And Policies Violence Against Women Unabated In Uganda

Despite Laws And Policies Violence Against Women Unabated In Uganda

Violence against women is on the increase in Uganda – even in the halls of power – despite the presence of laws and policies to protect victims of abuse. Take the case Anna Abeja Adeke. The female youth MP had always dreamed of becoming a powerful politician. On her first day at the august House, […]

Courts to Keep Check On GBV Cases Over Festive Season

Courts to Keep Check On GBV Cases Over Festive Season

 A dedicated court team has been identified and will be available to assist any victim of domestic or gender-based violence outside of the normal court day, at the respective courts all over Namibia, the Office of the Judiciary announced yesterday. According to a press release from the judiciary it will be a pilot project for […]

She’s A Survivor

She’s A Survivor

 IT looked good as the procession moved on the Great East Road to the Lusaka Showgrounds to officially launch the 16-Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. It must have been the same for Musenge Musumali, 36, when growing up. But it was not. It was ugly. Musenge’s narration of her childhood during the launch […]

For Women And Girls, Stand Up!

For Women And Girls, Stand Up!

The prevention of domestic violence and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is recognised internationally as a human rights concern. Myriad annals of history attest that women and children are often the last ones to be given equal legal protection from discrimination and violence – a protection that the rest of society take for granted. It is extraordinary […]

NGO Decries High Rate Of Violence Against Women

NGO Decries High Rate Of Violence Against Women

 A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Hope for Family Development Initiative (HFDI) has decried the high rate of violence against women in the country and called for an urgent stop to the act. The organisation also cautioned men against violating the rights of women and warned against acts that could undermine the rights of women in […]

GBV Prevention Should Be The Focus For Women And Men

GBV Prevention Should Be The Focus For Women And Men

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread and socially tolerated forms of human rights violations, cutting across nationality, race, class, ethnicity and religion. It is a major source of inequality in Kenya. GBV has a profound social and economic impact on families, communities and the entire nation, as well as serious ramifications on […]