Breast ironing, a traditional practice commonly done in Cameroon, is the use of hard or heated objects like a wooden pestle or scalding grinding stones to stop or slow the development of breasts in young girls, supposedly to “protect them from sexual harassment, rape and early pregnancy”.
By using readily available resources and empowering communities, Africa has the ability to solve a multitude of problems without external aid and charity. One such venture, Sustainable Health Enterprises, is using banana fibre to produce affordable sanitary pads
Our MCM this week is Nicholas Opiyo, Uganda’s top human rights lawyer and founder of Chapter Four Uganda, who was instrumental in striking down the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Independent female directors are making pornographic films or adult erotica to alleviate degrading and exploitative images linked to an increase in child pornography and sexual violence. Feminist pornography is a genre of film developed to encourage women and their self-beliefs of freedom through sexuality, equality and pleasure. The overall aim of feminist porn is to empower the performers who produce it and the people who view it.
Today is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, which is an opportunity to recognize the environment as another victim of war. It is an opportunity to take steps to reduce the collateral damage from conflicts and protect the natural resources that are so crucial for sustainable development.
Today we join the world to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Consent is the basis for any sexual interaction and should include all necessary information for parties to make an informed decision. It only stands that if equality is for all then every person, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, should be held to similar standards.
Yesterday was the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Recently 13 African countries were listed among the 23 worst offenders for human trafficking. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was set aside to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. How rampant is #humantrafficking in your country?
There have been many calls for a secret ballot in the impending vote of no confidence in South Africa’s president. However, is secrecy really what the country wants at this time, and would it not be setting a lasting, damaging precedent? asks Brent Meersman.