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(Accra) – Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana continue to hold people with real or perceived mental health conditions – psychosocial disabilities – in chains in inhumane conditions despite a 2017 ban on such treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. “People with psychosocial disabilities are still chained like animals,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at […]

By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Mexico on Monday vowed to crack down on gender-based violence as new figures showed killings of women rose more than 10% in the past year. Marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Mexico detailed its efforts to combat the scourge including […]

  Alejandro Litovsky is the chief executive of Earth Security Group. Rice could trigger the climate agenda’s ‘Arab Spring moment’. The staple commodity feeds 3.5 billion people uses 40% of the world’s irrigation water and is acutely sensitive to climate impacts. Being a subsistence crop, the knock-on effects of supply shortfalls on social unrest are […]

    Simon Missiri, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa a.i. and Special Advisor to the Secretary General Since June, more than 2.5 million people have faced flooding disasters across Africa. Some of the hardest hit countries include Kenya, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana, Cameroon, […]

  On Friday, 22 November 2019, the Miss South Africa organisation hosted a Miss Universe farewell for our queen Zozibini Tunzi, to bid her farewell and luck on the international Miss Universe stage where Zozibini will be representing South Africa in Atlanta Georgia, United States. Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as Miss South Africa 2019 in […]

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Raped in war and now walking tall, survivors of sexual violence take to the catwalk on Monday to model a collection of fabrics designed to show strength and solidarity in the face of abuse. The 15 Congolese women – modelling in the capital Kinshasa – […]

By Emma Batha LONDON, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Domestic violence is a pandemic that costs billions of dollars a year, be it in lost work, damaged children or police time, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said on Monday. Scotland – the first woman to run the group – urged her 53 members to count […]

    By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Aurelien crossed seas and treacherous jungles for a better life – but the social cost has proved high. No family, no friends, not even a bed or day off for this refugee from Cameroon. And his is a relative success story. “My […]

By Kim Harrisberg CAPE TOWN, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bevil Lucas never imagined that his doctor’s old Cape Town office would one day be his bedroom. Now the 57-year-old activist is one of about 1,400 people occupying the disused Woodstock Hospital and an abandoned nurses’ home, in protest of the rising rents they […]

Over the period the government will convene a series of dialogues on violence against women and children to focus on the problem, discuss the causes and to find appropriate solutions. Through the dialogue sessions, the government will interact with community members who experience violence and abuse. From 26th November 2016, the Department of Women has […]


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