Child Abuse

Child marriages continue to threaten girls’ future

Child marriages continue to threaten girls’ future

By ‘Makuena Linake, Maseru, 30 June: – Arranged child marriages continue to occur in the Thaba Tseka district despite the call by the government for the practice to come to an end. Recently, a 15 year-old girl from Ha Mats’umunyane Thaba Tseka, was forced to marry a 24 year-old man on June 12 2020. She […]

Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire.

Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire.

By Vonjy Arisoa Antananarivo, 24 June: Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire. Selon les faits mondiaux, l’interruption des médicaments de ces patients est souvent la principale cause de leur fragilité. Pour éviter donc les risques de détérioration de leur santé, les traitements doivent se poursuivre. La […]

COVID-19 exposed girls in Tanzania to FGM

COVID-19 exposed girls in Tanzania to FGM

By Anne Robi, Dar es Salaam, 22 June: When Agnes (Not her real Name) heard of the school closure amid the outbreak of COVID 19, she felt uneasy going home, as it was a place she risked being involved in the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). “I never wanted to go because I knew […]

Lets not forget teenage mothers in COVID crisis

Lets not forget teenage mothers in COVID crisis

By Rose Milanzi, Lilongwe 15 May:  While various sectors of the Malawian society has been affected by the novel coronavirus, single and teen mothers are also suffering in the country silently, without anyone noticing them. 17-year-old Ethel Banda (not her real name) fell pregnant at the age of 16 in 2019. Following the pregnancy, Ethel […]

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

UN Women Press statement New York, 7 April: With 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people are now sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19. It’s a protective measure, but it brings another deadly danger. We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women. As more countries report infection and lockdown, more […]

Tanzania: Teenage pregnancy threaten girls’ education

Tanzania: Teenage pregnancy threaten girls’ education

By John Namkwahe Arusha, 27 November: Coming from a poor family, Sarah* from Sekei in Arusha, Tanzania, this year dropped out of school due to pregnancy. “It was difficult to continue with studies because of my appearance,” explains the 13-year-old girl with a very small stature A story behind Sarah’s teenage pregnancy is being told […]

February 21, 2020 Themes: Child Abuse | GBV | Health | Reproductive health | Sexual violence | Young Women Programs: Advocacy

Zambia:Married off at 16

Zambia:Married off at 16

By Patrica Banda – Bridget Tendwa of Kawambwa district in Luapula province was married off at 16 years. “Challenges arose in my marriage and i decided to go back to school” Bridget said. Ms Tendwa is now studying to become a Teacher. She is one of the many Zambian Girls that have fought the desire […]

January 28, 2020 Themes: Child Abuse | Reproductive health Programs: GL Commentary Service

Zimbabwe: Child marriage violates girls’ SRHR

Zimbabwe: Child marriage violates girls’ SRHR

By Gibson Mhaka Bulawayo, 4 December: The story of a 16-year-old girl from Gokwe who reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself after being forced to marry her alleged rapist who had impregnated her made sad reading. The girl from Zvinei village under Chief Nemangwe took her own life after struggling with the fact that her parents had […]

Tanzania: Child marriage ruling gives girls hope

Tanzania: Child marriage ruling gives girls hope

By ANNE ROBI Dar es Salaam:, 4 December:Veronica Nchagwa is a 14-year old standard six girl in Tanzania. Despite being bright, she is likely to become a bride before she attains 18 years as her parents are planning to marry her off as soon as she finishes her Standard Seven education next year. “My parents […]

Zimbabwe: Engage religious groups in fight for SRHR

Zimbabwe: Engage religious groups in fight for SRHR

By Wallace Mawire Harare, 5 December : Women and girls in Zimbabwe’s apostolic religious sects are beginning to embrace modern forms of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services which were previously shunned, thanks to intensified engagement and dialogue with the church communities by concerned stakeholders. The Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust (AWET) in Zimbabwe is one stakeholder […]

January 13, 2020 Themes: Child Abuse | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy | Gender Justice