Child Abuse

Mauritius: Children’s Act comes into full force

Mauritius: Children’s Act comes into full force

Port Louis, 1 February 2022: The very long  awaited Children’s Act 2020 has now come into full force as from 24 January 2022. Gender Links (GL) congratulates Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah on this important step in the development and protection of children’s rights. Gender Links is also grateful to all  […]

February 1, 2022 Themes: Child Abuse | Children Programs: GL Commentary Service

Priya’s story from Safe Haven Halfway Home

“Although I sometimes feel low, I look in the mirror and remind myself not to give up.” My name is Priya and I am 20 years old. I came to Safe Haven Halfway Home in September 2019 after suffering physical and mental abuse from my relatives. I was five years old when my mother became […]

GL Safe Haven Halfway Home Newsletter – March 2021

GL Safe Haven Halfway Home Newsletter – March 2021

By Gender Links Mauritius The Gender Links Mauritius Safe Haven Halfway Home newsletter for March 2021 is now out. At Safe Haven Halfway Home, we welcome young women as from the age of 18, who have endured difficult past experiences and most of the time rejected by family members. As an ongoing service-based, non-for-profit organisation […]

Tanzania: Traditional leaders play key role in ending FGM

Tanzania: Traditional leaders play key role in ending FGM

By Anne Robi, Dar es Salaam, 3 December: Maria Mangare (not her real name) was only 13 years old when she was cut off, leaving her with a wound and scar that have since put her in long-term health risks. “It will take me years and years to forget that act as I still remember […]

Madagascar: Près d’un millier d’enfants victimes de viol depuis janvier

Madagascar: Près d’un millier d’enfants victimes de viol depuis janvier

By Vonona Rakotondratsimba, Antananarivo, 27 November: La situation est alarmante. Même les plus petites ne sont pas épargnées. Face à ces actes infâmes « J’ai juste été meurtrie » déplore Mialy Rajoelina, la première Dame du pays et présidente de l’association Fitia. Une fois de plus, une jeune fillette de 02 ans décède à Toliara, suite au […]

Jail rapists for life, women in media urge

Jail rapists for life, women in media urge

By Joseph Kayira Blantyre, 6 November 2020 – The Association for Women in Media (AWOME) in Malawi, has demanded that rapists should be jailed for life following increased cases of rape and defilement in the country. The calls follow a gruesome defilement of an 11-year-old girl in Chikwawa, a district in southern Malawi a fortnight […]

Three Years of Safe Haven

Three Years of Safe Haven ‘Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time’ – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Background Since its inception in September 2017, Gender Links Safe Haven Halfway Home (SHHH) has been a refuge for 69 residents coming from different socio-economic backgrounds and having known numerous types of violence throughout their lifetime […]

Teen pregnancies surge in Malawi

Teen pregnancies surge in Malawi

Tamanda Matebule, Blantyre, 1 August: School closures due to COVID -19 have influenced an increase in teenage pregnancies, with 7274 teenage girls reportedly pregnant in the Mangochi  district. A 16-year-old girl from Mangochi district currently doing her senior secondary school education shared her experiences having fallen pregnant after she was raped by her step- father. […]

Teen pregnancies surge in Malawi

Teen pregnancies surge in Malawi

Tamanda Matebule, Blantyre, 1 August: School closures due to COVID -19 have influenced an increase in teenage pregnancies, with 7, 274 teenage girls reportedly pregnant in the Mangochi  district alone. A 16-year-old girl from Mangochi district currently doing her senior secondary school education shared her experiences having fallen pregnant after she was raped by her […]

Girls’ vulnerable as COVID-19 drives child marriages

Girls’ vulnerable as COVID-19 drives child marriages

By Andile Tshuma, Bulawayo, 20 July: Covid-19 has upended the lives of many children and their families alike, with migratory efforts such lock downs resulting in countrywide school closures, affecting children’s routines and support systems. Pandemic control measures that do not account for the gender specific needs and vulnerabilities of young women and girls may […]