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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), also encompassing other important key dates. Widely known as the ‘16 Days Campaign’, it is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Suspects Arrested after Children's Home Robbery

Four men believed to be linked to several robberies at the TLC Children’s Home in Eikenhof, south of Joburg, were arrested on Tuesday after police received information from local residents.

Last Wednesday, three teenagers were abducted from the children’s home after a hijacked City of Joburg ambulance was used to gain entry onto the property.

The boys were forced into the ambulance, taken to a remote location, beaten and robbed of their possessions, including their shoes and cellphones.

14 Million Nigerians in Need of Humanitarian Aid

Around 14 million people will need humanitarian help in the former northeast Nigerian stronghold region of Boko Haram militants and tens of thousands of children will be at risk of dying from famine, a UN official said on Tuesday.

The Islamist militant group has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million from their homes during a seven-year insurgency in Africa's most populous nation and biggest energy producer.

Minibus Taxi Carrying Disabled Children in an Accident

A minibus taxi transporting disabled children from home to a special needs school was involved in a collision that killed two people and left 24 children injured on Tuesday.

The collision‚ between the minibus and a bakkie‚ happened in the morning on the R25 at Bronkhorstpruit in Gauteng.

"Two of the disabled children are in a critical condition‚ the rest sustained moderate to minor injuries‚" said Netcare911.

Baby Trafficking Rises in Nigeria

A s 16-year-old Maria strained under the anguish of labour in southeastern Nigeria, a midwife repeatedly slapped her across the face - but the real ordeal began minutes after birth.

"The nurse took my child away to be washed. She never brought her back," the teenager said, gazing down at her feet.
Maria said she learned her newborn daughter had been given up for adoption for which she received 20,000 naira ($65.79) - the same price as a 50 kilogram bag of rice.

Why Societies Must Protect Children If They Want Fewer Criminals

What drives and sustains high levels of violence in a society?
 
This question has preoccupied researchers and policymakers for decades. A common thread in a great deal of the research is that early childhood experiences play a vital role. Violent beginnings of a child’s life very often lead to violent behaviour in later life.
 
The question is particularly acute in countries with exceptionally high levels of violence

Breastfeeding in Public a Civil Right for Women

This was a heated topic on our WhatsApp group earlier this month and funny enough, Stian sent a chat that a woman sitting next to him on the plane was breastfeeding…Quite funny since we have been discussing about it and even though the discussion had died down it suddenly erupted again. Well, my personal take on it at first was that women can feed anywhere, it doesn’t matter as long as they cover up and some of my mates where just not for that compromise, especially the females in the group.

NGO Calls for an End to Abuse Against Children

A child rights organisation has called for practical interventions that can significantly benefit children in the country in order to bail them out from the challenges that they face.

The organisation, the Child Rights Permanent Committee (CRPC) which is a grouping of child rights non-governmental in Malawi under the NGO Gender Coordination Network, made the call during a meeting which was aimed at assessing children’s rights.

​NGOs, CSOs, Praises for Improving Education

Ilala Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam has praised the involvement of civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations in improving the education of children in the district's poverty-stricken households.

Ilala Municipal Council education officer, Lukia Gwandu, says that a number of schools in Ilala District still lack educational infrastructure.

Gwandu explains that these organisations have been working hard to complement government efforts in improving reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills for children.

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