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Ban Virginity Test – Afghanistan Rights Panel

Ban Virginity Test – Afghanistan Rights Panel

Afghanistan’s human rights panel on Thursday backed an “unconditional ban” on virginity tests, saying they violate rights, lack scientific basis and do nothing to protect women. Virginity tests check whether a woman or girl’s hymen – the thin tissue that may partially cover the vagina – is torn, in an effort to determine if she […]

MDC-T Senator Calls for Virginity Tests For Women

MDC-T Senator Calls for Virginity Tests For Women

MDC-T Senator for Mutare Keresencia Chabuka has called on the nation to revert back to its traditional methods of raising children which she said ensured they did not go astray. These, she said, involved virginity tests which have now been discarded for being a violation on girls’ rights. “During our time, we also had cases […]

Zimbabwe: Virginity – Violence, Double Standards

Zimbabwe: Virginity – Violence, Double Standards

“Women, unlike men, have to worry about their virginity. They are taught that their virginity is valuable, even a commodity. Remember the issue of mombe yechimanda; virginity is commercialised, commodified.”A Harare man, Shepherd Musekiwa, whipped his wife as punishment for falsely claiming that she was a virgin before he married her. He, discovered that she […]

How Some Tunisian Women Navigate The Social Expectations Of Wedding Night Virginity

How Some Tunisian Women Navigate The Social Expectations Of Wedding Night Virginity

Tunisia has made seemingly dramatic strides in recent years in the realms of women’s rights and religious freedom. In 2014, the country gained worldwide praise for adopting a constitution that addresses women’s equality, as well as freedom of belief, worship and conscience.   But while equality for women is gaining ground in parts of Tunisia, a deep-rooted conservatism […]