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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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

I was having a conversation with a group of male and female middle-aged professionals recently. One of the men in the group said that feminists like me are always quick to jump to the defence of women, even when they are in the wrong. He said that while he is against any kind of sexual […]

Europe Braces For Domestic Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’ Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Europe Braces For Domestic Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’ Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Domestic abuse charities in Europe have called for hotels and holiday lets to be turned into refuges as they warned that coronavirus lockdowns would lead to a massive jump in the numbers of women fleeing violence. Governments, support services and charities are scrambling to help thousands of women facing weeks of isolation at home with […]

Feminists Want Gender Related Laws Passed Before 2021 Elections

Feminists Want Gender Related Laws Passed Before 2021 Elections

Women rights defender has called for an expeditious passing of all pending gender-related bills before the country heads for the 2021 general elections. Under the Uganda Women’s network, organizations argue that women freedom spaces continue to shrink despite attempts by the government to develop various emancipation frameworks. These including; the Uganda Women Network (UWONET) Secretariat, […]

Women Still Underrepresented In Government

Women Still Underrepresented In Government

The one-day seminar on ‘The Way Forward for an Enforceable Gender Quota and strategies for implementing Election Law 4.5 (b) and (c)’ was organized by UN Women in partnership with the National Elections Commissions (NEC) with support from Canada. Says Veep Taylor as UN Women holds seminar on ‘Way forward for an enforceable Gender quota […]

India’s Poor Risk Loss Of Privacy, Land In Drive To Digitise Records

India’s Poor Risk Loss Of Privacy, Land In Drive To Digitise Records

A push to digitise land records in India to establish ownership and minimise conflicts has raised concerns over privacy for poorer communities and could make them more vulnerable to evictions, legal and technology experts said on Monday. India’s national land record modernisation programme seeks to re-survey lands, verify and upgrade records, and put the information […]

Not An Hour Goes By Without An Atrocity Being Committed Against A Woman Or A Child In SA

Not An Hour Goes By Without An Atrocity Being Committed Against A Woman Or A Child In SA

Feminism has awakened consciousness in unexpected ways, opened minds and made remarkable things happen for women. But misogyny is entrenched in the minds of some men and women are the lowest common denominator in the blame game – repositories of frustration and powerlessness. In an analysis of 75 countries, nine out of 10 people were […]

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 […]

Female Genital Mutilation Costs $1.4 Billion Annually – UN Health Agency

Female Genital Mutilation Costs $1.4 Billion Annually – UN Health Agency

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) poses serious risks to the health and well-being of women and girls, but it also exacts a crippling economic toll, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). New modelling by the UN agency to coincide with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked on Thursday, reveals that […]

Balanced And Gender-Inclusive Education Is A Smart Investment

Balanced And Gender-Inclusive Education Is A Smart Investment

Fihima Mohamed’s mother never attended school and until two years ago she could not read or write. Mohamed’s mother had been born in neighbouring Somalia but was sent to Djibouti as a young girl to live with her aunt. The expectation had been that she would have a better life by escaping the ongoing conflict […]

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