Infant commodification and human trafficking are on the rise in many African countries. One avenue for human trafficking of this kind are ‘baby factories’ where women of childbearing-age are forced into pregnancy for purposes of selling their children. This type of internment subjects the mother and the child to unspeakable trauma, violence and abuse.
Women in South Africa and Nigeria have taken to the streets to speak out against continued male perpetrated violence that has caused the deaths of an alarming number of women in the past few years. The protests have been under the rallying hashtags #ProtectPHGirls in Nigeria and #IAmNext in South Africa.
The occurrences of sexual harassment against women on public transport, and ride hailing apps is of grave concern. A service called ChaufHer that is by women, for women hopes to provide a safer environment for women, and children as they go about their everyday lives.
South Africa is a wounded nation, and its people carry with them deep pain and extreme anger, the University of Cape Town (UCT) chancellor, Mrs Graça Machel, told mourners during a campus memorial for UCT student Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana.
The brutal murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana in Cape Town, South Africa inside the Claremont Post Office has shocked and terrified women all around the continent. The ongoing prevalence of femicide speaks to the apathy of men and the inaction of state.
According to observers, black surfers are still not properly represented in various media and promotional events for the sport. It is likely because surfing is generally considered a “whites only” sport and the preserve of men; making it riddled with racial and gender biases against black women surfers.
Sexual harassment in the informal sector is pervasive, widespread, and alarming. Although the lack of regulation within the sector is a blessing of sorts for small scale traders and artisans, it leaves the women vulnerable to sexual violence and harassment. Something that women in Kampala’s largest markets are fighting to change.
A video showing a recently sworn-in Nigerian Senator assaulting a nursing mother has gone viral.
Since 2012, three Husband Schools in Sierra Leone have taken on the struggle against domestic violence by teaching men about women’s health, gender issues and how to be a better husband. Pidia Joseph Allieu is one of the men leading these classes for men in rural Sierra Leone.