Child Abuse

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

Zim: Abused adolescent sex workers ignored

Zim: Abused adolescent sex workers ignored

Hazel Marimbiza Bulawayo, 3 December: When she gets to her clients house, she is shocked to see 10 other men who want to have sex with her. The initial agreement was for her to service one client, but she gets death threats for refusing to sleep with the other 10. That is just one of […]

The Safe Haven Halfway Home – Mauritius

The SAFE HAVEN HALFWAY HOME (SHHH) is a temporary shelter for teenage girls who are homeless due to abuse and rejection from family members. ABOUT US  September 2017, Gender Links Mauritius opened the first halfway home in Mauritius called Safe Haven. A Halfway Home is a place that serves as a residence for people in need; providing them with […]

‘’Every human being has the same rights and we must ensure that these rights are treated with equality and respect’’

‘’Every human being has the same rights and we must ensure that these rights are treated with equality and respect’’

As Edley speaks we can already feel that this 56 years old man is speaking with experience. Edley has been working in various professional fields, one of which is the tourism industry. Whilst working in the tourism industry in the north of the island, Edley developed the essence of social work and the decided that […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Kim Mungly:- Yes I Can

Kim Mungly:- Yes I Can

I am the founder and director of Medcare Academy, a non-governmental organisation which works with vulnerable families living in regions of poverty. I also work with girls at the Rehabilitation Youth Centre and give training sessions to women. I am a councillor at the Village Council. I am from a modest family background. Both of […]

SA: All lives matter, put GBV prevention at the centre

SA: All lives matter, put GBV prevention at the centre

By Kubi Rama Johannesburg, 12 September: Over the last while I, like many South Africans, have been reeling under the deluge of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) everywhere in our country. A gender activist for over 25 years, I did not know what to say or do. I vacillated between anger, powerlessness, fear, grief and then finally […]

Lesotho: Fight to end child marriages rages on

Lesotho: Fight to end child marriages rages on

By Gerard Molupe Maseru, 10 May: There  is a disturbing trend of children who get married at the young age in Lesotho. This happens mostly in the rural areas of the country where poverty is rife. The Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Senior Programmes Officer Attorney Mohau Maapesa says they are also concerned […]

May 24, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children | Reproductive health Programs: VRC Clippings

Child marriages: Is prosecution the answer?

Child marriages: Is prosecution the answer?

Malawi: 08 May 2019, A constitutional amendment of 2017 in Malawi may have raised the age of marriage from 16 to 18 for both boys and girls but child marriages are still rampant, a development that has compelled some rights activists to call for stiffer penalties including jail terms for executors of child marriages. A […]

May 8, 2019 Themes: Child Abuse | Children | Sex roles | Young Women Programs: News