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Coronavirus: Over 200% Surge In Links To Child Abuse Material Posted Online

Teams of undercover investigators and analysts tasked with identifying and removing webpages containing pictures and videos of child abuse have reported a massive spike in activity during the outbreak of COVID-19. There has been an…

‘Don’t Have to Fight for Pennies’: New Zealand Safety Net Helps Sex Workers in Lockdown

The week before New Zealand went into full lockdown on 26 March, Lana*, 28, had taken a break from work at the high-end Wellington brothel where, since September, she had made around NZ$2,200 a month…

Sex Workers’ Dilemma amid Covid-19

At 6.30pm every evening, Emelda Ngieno’s alarm clock buzzes her out of a deep sleep. As the sun sets, she gets up, throws on tonight’s chosen outfit and heads to her designated location: Pipeline, a…

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

Narjes Khanalizadeh was a 25-year-old nurse in Gilan, a province along the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. In late February, after working with coronavirus patients at a hospital in the city of Lahijan, she fell…

Experts Apply Lessons From Ebola to Ensure Girls Return to School Post-Pandemic

In April of 2015, after Ebola ravaged Sierra Leone and paralyzed West Africa, schools finally began reopening. Thousands of children eagerly returned to school after nine months stuck at home, but 13-year-old Isatu and her…

Kenya’s Labor Market Wasn’t Made for a Pandemic

NAIROBI—For the past week, every morning, Akonya Shimeseru wakes up in her single-room home that she shares with her two children in Ongata Rongai, a town on the outskirts of Nairobi. She makes tea, with…

Coronavirus Locks Down the Philippines, but Children Face Threat of Online Abuse

Wearing pajamas and a pair of plastic slip-on shoes, the 12-year-old girl crouched in a doorway and texted a friend to say she’d run away. It was raining, and the mud stuck to her flip-flops…

When You’re Pregnant During a Pandemic

On February 27, I summited Mount Kilimanjaro and immediately had a desperate urge to pee. I should have known then, squatting in the snow next to the sign marking the summit, that I was pregnant.…

‘You Are Beautiful’: the Kenyan Beauty Parlour Serving Female Heroin Users

Naima Said stands back and studies her handiwork. “Not quite,” the self-taught beauty therapist mumbles, her forehead furrowed in frustration. Then she delicately dabs her client’s eyelid with a squishy makeup sponge. She’s not finished…

Meet Beauty Therapist Saving Female Heroin Addicts

Naima Said stands back and studies her handiwork. “Not quite,” the 31-year-old self-taught beauty therapist mumbles, her forehead furrowed in frustration. She delicately dabs her client’s eyelid with a squishy make-up sponge, eyebrow pencil at…

In Afghanistan, Climate Change Complicates Future Prospects for Peace

HERAT, AFGHANISTAN – As dry months turned to parched years, Fatemeh watched the crops in her northwestern Afghan province of Badghis wither and her cattle die of thirst. Hunger turned to desperation, and eighteen months…

The Movement Tackling Sexual Harassment at Kenya’s Universities

Nairobi, Kenya – Diana perched on a brown bench in one of Nairobi University’s large lecture theatres, twisting her fingers into pretzel-like shapes. She scanned the room. To her left, students waited eagerly to hear her…

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

When 14-year-old Wounaba first found out that she was pregnant, she was excited—until the fear kicked in. For as long as she could remember, her family of 12 had struggled to find enough food. She…

Gender Activists in a March Dubbed Usawa Demand Action Against GBV, Youth Empowerment, Women Land Rights

A section of gender rights activists on Friday held a peaceful march in Nairobi to press for gender equality in the country. The march dubbed Usawa kicked-off at Uhuru Park’s freedom corner to President’s Uhuru Kenyatta’s office…

Childhood Lost in Darkness

In her airless tin bedroom, 16-year-old Yasmin gulped back sobs and described the day she got married. She was tricked, she said. Four years ago, a neighbour had locked her in his house and raped…

Trafficked Nepali, Indian Women Repatriated

Five women from Nepal and India who had been trafficked into the country were repatriated to their home countries this week. The three Nepali and two Indian women – all in their 20s – were…

One-Fifth of Women Don’t Know if Abortion Is Illegal in Kenya, New Study Shows

A new study by Marie Stopes Kenya showed that 20.7 per cent of women seeking abortion services in Nairobi “do not know” whether the process is illegal. Abortions, the Constitution states, are illegal in Kenya…

African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence

When SP le Roux began to think about the sexual violence epidemic in his home country of South Africa, he put his background as an electrical engineer and inventor to work. The first invention le…
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