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Baby factories are a new avenue for illegal adoption and human trafficking
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Politics and Society Baby factories are a new avenue for illegal adoption and human trafficking

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.

Femicide protests in Nigeria and South Africa demand private sector and government intervention
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Politics and Society Femicide protests in Nigeria and South Africa demand private sector and government intervention

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.

Women in Kampala’s Nakawa market are united against sexual harassment
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Politics and Society Women in Kampala’s Nakawa market are united against sexual harassment

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.