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Source: Independent

Reporting rape is traumatic for anyone, but having to pay two months' wages to complete the medical form prevents many in Ghana from seeking justice, said a leading actor whose campaign to waive fees has reached the presidential palace.

Source: Plan International

Media reports citing data from a government-managed health information system have stated that up to 4,000 adolescent girls may have visited health facilities for antenatal services in the county of Machakos alone between January and May. The figure for the whole country, it is feared, may run into several thousands.

Source: Ghana Business News

The World Health Organisation argues that maternal mortality is unacceptably high. It notes that about 295,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth in 2017. The vast majority of these deaths (94 per cent) occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.

Source: 263Chat.

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission has called on the government to prioritize the needs of women and persons with disabilities during the ongoing national lockdown meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Source: Daily Observer

A non-governmental organization (NGO), Dignity Liberia, has begun a three-day livelihood training program for selected women and school girls in tailoring with a specific concentration in the production of reusable sanitary pads or menstrual cups.

Dignity Liberia Targets 250 Women, School Girls on Production of ‘Reusable Pads’

Source: UN Women

UN Women in partnership with Oxfam and the Born to Lead campaign, on Thursday 30th January 2020 launched a research report titled “Our Search for Peace: Women in South Sudan’s National Peace Processes, 2005-2018.”

By: Natalie Czarnota

Widows are often thought of as elderly women, but many women are widowed at young ages too. One in 10 African women over 15 years of age are widows. This number is significant because when a woman’s husband dies, she faces danger in many African communities. Widows face discriminatory and harmful treatment perpetrated by the community. Many of the practices involving widows are classified as inhuman, humiliating and degrading.

By Becky Zelikson

"You can't leave politics out of it. Being a lesbian, being a woman, is politics"

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