Tag: Gender-based violence

The holistic gender and media agenda in focus

Achieving gender equality in and through media requires a comprehensive approach covering a full gamut of longstanding as well as new challenges. Assessing the issues – ranging from media ownership and staffing, news coverage, the safety of women journalists, through to policy effectiveness – is essential if society is to overcome the snail’s pace of […]

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 […]

Ghana: You can still fulfil your promise to appoint 30% women – MP to Akufo-Addo

The Afadjato South Member of Parliament (MP) has implored president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to redeem his campaign promise to have 30 percent women in his cabinet. In a statement marking the International Women’s Day Thursday, Angela Oforiwa Alorwu-Tay has asked the president to demonstrate his commitment to women empowerment by fulfilling the 2016 promise. “My mentor […]

Women accused of witchcraft face assault and death in Tanzania

GABORONE, BOTSWANA—In 2015, Francine Mirondo* nearly lost her life when her neighbors in Rwigembe village, northwest Tanzania, accused her of practicing witchcraft. Mirondo, now 80, says she first heard about the rumor when a friend told her that her name had been brought up at a village meeting about witchcraft. Five days later, a group of […]