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Africa Making Progress on Tackling Gender-based Violence Thanks to Multi-sectoral Approach but Shortfalls Remain, Finds New Report

The report analyzed the diverse experiences of countries and identified good practices and strategies adopted to prevent, address, and eliminate FGM and other forms of GBV

A new report has found countries in Africa are making progress in addressing and preventing gender-based violence (GBV), including female genital mutilation (FGM), thanks to the adoption of the multi-sectoral approach (MSA) involving all stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs to protect and promote women’s and girls’ rights.…

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Following another death from female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone, women’s rights groups around the world call on the government to criminalize female genital mutilation

Sierra Leone has one the highest FGM prevalence rates in Africa, with 83% of women and girls aged between 15 and 49 years having undergone the procedure

 Following yet another tragic death in Sierra Leone due to female genital mutilation (FGM), women’s rights organizations across the country and around the world have come together to co-sign an open letter calling on the Government of Sierra Leone to criminalize FGM and protect women and girls from this harmful…

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Women’s rights organization, Equality Now, urges EAC Chairperson President Uhuru Kenyatta and ECOWAS Chairperson President Akufo-Addo to scale up efforts to end cross-border FGM in their Regional Economic Communities

Cross-border Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was widespread in East and West Africa where lack of regional monitoring and data mechanisms on the cross-border practice remains

Leading women’s rights organization, Equality Now (www.EqualityNow.org), has called on Kenya’s President and Chairperson of the East African Community, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who chairs the Economic Community of West African States to marshal their peers into prioritizing efforts to end the practice of Female…

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National and international laws are failing to protect women and girls from online sexual exploitation and abuse

Ending Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Women and Girls: A Call for International Standards is a ground-breaking new report by international women’s rights organization Equality Now

Online sexual exploitation and abuse (OSEA) of women and girls is increasing at an alarming rate across Africa and globally, but national and international laws are failing to effectively address the challenge because they are not keeping pace with advancing technology. The current patchwork of laws don’t give adequate protection,…