GBV

Efforts made to counter GBV in COVID-19 crisis

Efforts made to counter GBV in COVID-19 crisis

By Manteboheleng Mabetha, Maseru, 7 May: The measures put in place to curb the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) have brought with them an increase in social ills such as Gender Based Violence (GBV). The Lesotho government has called for a national lock down which prohibits people from leaving their homes except for essential […]

I story: Faith in Humanity, Faith in Myself during COVID 19

I story: Faith in Humanity, Faith in Myself during COVID 19

By Kim Pillay, Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Sounds the mobile with five whatsapp message alerts received. I stop in the middle of everything to read all messages starting firstly with a research done on the outbreak in Wuhan, China (where the first infection and outbreak took place due to consumption of animal meat not […]

Pay attention to women’s needs in COVID-19 response

Pay attention to women’s needs in COVID-19 response

By Thabani Mpofu, Bulawayo, 24 April: The Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) has challenged the health and social care professionals, health systems and governments around the world like never before in recent history. So far, it is impossible to know exactly its long-term impact as it seems that the only predictable aspect of the pandemic is […]

How COVID 19 has changed my life in 4 weeks

How COVID 19 has changed my life in 4 weeks

It is puzzling how only a few weeks ago (March 2020), life was normal. Now everything has flipped over because of the corona virus disease (COVID-19). When the year 2020 started, I had dreams and hopes. But all these have vanished into thin air and have been replaced with anxiety and hopelessness. You see, I […]

April 13, 2020 Themes: Business Unusual | Disaster | Economic violence | GBV Programs: Opinion

SADC: Safeguarding women’s rights during Covid shutdown

SADC: Safeguarding women’s rights during Covid shutdown

By Colleen Lowe Morna and Susan Tolmay Johannesburg, 24 March:   As the coronavirus escalates its deadly journey across South Africa, the different effects on women and men are also becoming more apparent. Although men constitute more of those infected, women are much more likely to be the majority of those affected. According to the […]

April 10, 2020 Themes: Feminism | GBV | Health | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy

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

Mozambique: Advocacy work for the elimination of new cases of premature marriages, GBV and HIV

The Office of the Wife of the President of the Republic (GEPR), extends its activities to the provincial level and these are implemented by the spouses of the Provincial Governors. The main areas of intervention in the province: Premature Marriages (Premature Unions); Early pregnancies; Gender Based Violence (GBV) and HIV / AIDS. The activities are […]

January 28, 2020 Themes: GBV | Gender equality Programs: Gender justice and local government summit

Malawi : Media’s role in addressing GBV and SRHR

Malawi : Media’s role in addressing GBV and SRHR

By Joseph Kayira Lilongwe, 6 December:– A social commentator says the media can foster a change in opinion and behaviour – driving major legislative and social change – when it comes to partnering with other players in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Often called the fourth estate, the media is also critical in […]

January 16, 2020 Themes: GBV | Media | Reproductive health Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Media | GL Commentary Service

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 […]