Category: Children

CSOs and the Fight to End Child Marriage in West Africa

Child marriages are intense in low and middle-income countries. Some of the highest rates are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. West Africa has one of the highest rates of early and forced marriage. UNICEF global database report (2017) reveals Niger has a prevalence rate of 76 per cent followed by Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea […]

Malawi: Women, Children More Vulnerable to Disasters, Cadecom

Nsanje — FLASHBACK: Villagers escape using canoes to higher grounds from their washed away homes – Govati Nyirenda Women and children are said to be the most affected groups when disasters strike, Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) of Chikwawa Diocese report on participatory hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessment (PVCA) has revealed. The assessment was conducted in […]

Fiji: Fight Against Women and Children Violence

Minister for Women, Children and Pover­ty Alleviation Mer­eseini Vuniwaqa encouraged villagers of Votua in Lekutu, Bua, to fight against the so­cial evils of abuse, sexual as­sault and rape of women and children. She made this statement while opening the Votua Women’s Resource Centre on Saturday. “The communities, Govern­ment and churches should work together in eradicating […]

Ghana: Gender Minister inaugurates two Boards for her ministry

Two Boards; the Ministerial Advisory and the Cancer Boards have been inaugurated in Accra, to provide direction to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. The nine-member Ministerial Advisory Board, to be chaired by Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, is expected to bring their expertise and experiences […]

Gender Minister presents key actions to improve gender equality-Ghana

Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has presented some key actions to be undertaken to enable Ghanaians work assiduously to ensure the empowerment and equality of women to contribute in national development. At a press conference held in Accra on Wednesday, she said the decision was adopted to reaffirm […]

Inside Sierra Leone’s maximum security prison for women

The number of female prisoners in Sierra Leone has doubled in the last three years. There are only two separate detention facilities for female prisoners in the country. The largest separate detention facility is the Freetown Female Correctional Centre which holds around 90 female prisoners and their children. Women on death row or those who are serving […]

Government shifts focus to empower rural girls-Kampala

 Empowerment of rural women and girls will be the national focus of this year’s International Women’s Day whose celebrations are at Busubuzi Core Primary Teachers’ College in Mityana District. Ms Peace Mutuuzo, the Minister of State for Gender and Culture Affairs, said the Uganda National Household Survey 2017 established that 76 per cent of the […]