Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Caleb Kemboi for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Elgeiyo Marakwet, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: For decades, the Kenyan government has attempted to evict indigenous people from the forests of Embobut and Cherangany, in the western county of Elgeiyo Marakwet. Past tactics have even included torture and setting fire to homes, those affected say.  “I […]

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old’s […]

South Africa Heritage Day is for women too!

South Africa Heritage Day is for women too!

Claudia Forster-Towne – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Its National Braai Day again, a colloquial name given to South Africa’s Heritage Day. It is a day when South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and diversity in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. But, the truth of […]

SOMALIA: Displaced camp food shortage increases as corruption increases

SOMALIA: Displaced camp food shortage increases as corruption increases

WNN Breaking (WNN) Mogadishu, SOMALIA, AFRICA: International aid to displaced Somalis in Mogadishu is being systematically diverted by so-called ‘gatekeepers,’ who subject displaced families to abuse and intimidation, according to a new report from RI – Refugees International. The report, Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia’s Displaced Population at Risk, calls on humanitarian agencies and donors to […]

Women domestics protest in Cameroon saying ‘enough is enough!’

Women domestics protest in Cameroon saying ‘enough is enough!’

WNN Justice (WNN/UNWomen) Yaoundé, CAMEROON, AFRICA: Abused and exploited by her employers right from the beginning of her work-life, 50-year-old Félicité Mbida, a domestic worker for more than twenty years, fights to promote the rights of workers in Cameroon as part of the National Association Supporting Domestic Workers (RENATRAD in French). As is the case […]

Ghana’s mental healthcare abuses go unchecked says Human Rights Watch

Ghana’s mental healthcare abuses go unchecked says Human Rights Watch

WNN Breaking (WNN/HRW) Accra, GHANA, AFRICA: People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their right […]

Girls, not guns: The promise of progress for South Sudan

Girls, not guns: The promise of progress for South Sudan

Tracy Fehr – WNN Opinon (WNN/EP) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: During the first year of independence for the world’s newest nation, women of South Sudan united to amplify their voices and ensure their rights are guaranteed in the constitution and enforced by the government. These efforts have led to some milestones in the development of […]

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

Gillian Lamunu – WNN Opinion (WNN/IWPR) Gulu, UGANDA, AFRICA: Last month, the Ugandan government dropped its 12-year-old amnesty for rebel combatants who decide to lay down their arms and renounce violence. On May 23, Interior Minister Hilary Onek extended the Amnesty Act for a further 12 months, but in a form that left out crucial clauses […]