Key Correspondents report on gender and development by documenting what life is like for women facing domestic violence, some of whom are also living with HIV, TB and other health issues. Stories range from the rights of women rebuilding their lives and their health after suffering violence to mothers who have experienced and overcome stigma and abandonment after developing maternal health complications during childbirth such as fistula.
Key Correspondents also highlight the connection between human rights and health by documenting the impact violence and discrimination have on LGBT by telling individual stories of struggle and empowerment and by documenting grass roots campaigns and community action.
More than a half of all pregnancies in Uganda are unintended and nearly a third of them end in abortion a new survey has found. more
International campaigners are calling on the African Union to tackle conflict-related rape when it meets for its 20th Summit today. more
In rural Buhera, about 300 kilometres southeast of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, many women face domestic violence and say that hunger is fuelling the situation. more
The Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe has said there is a need to change the mindset of men the world over so as to stop violence and rape against women. more
Illiteracy is hindering women in Mozambique from preventing unwanted pregnancies and HIV leading to a higher mortality rate for mothers, a health specialist has said. more
“We are satisfied with the outcome of the recommendations as they speak to the immediate and long term solutions. We are also satisfied with the openness – talking [about] all aspect of rape and sexual violence – and I think for me it’s important that we have broken the culture of silence, especially among women.” more
The commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence was marred by apathy as only ten institutions plus ruling party the Patriotic Front Women’s Group turned up for an event in Livingstone to mark the campaign. more
In an interview ahead of the 2012 16 Days Campaign against gender based violence, which begins this Sunday (25 November), Pascal Mulenga, president of the Zambia Union of the Blind, said some blind men are being battered by their wives but the police are taking the cases lightly. more