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Children bear brunt of militia violence in central Congo

Children in central Democratic Republic of Congo are bearing the brunt of violence between the army and a local militia which has uprooted at least 1.4 million people over the past year, UNICEF said. Six in 10 of those forced to flee their homes in the conflict-ravaged Kasai region - about 850,000 - are children, leaving them prey to attack, detention, sexual violence, and recruitment by militia fighters, according to the U.N. agency

July 28, 2017
Trust.org

Medical app aims to tackle rape, flag war crimes in conflict-torn Congo

Activists behind an app designed to assist doctors document evidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to go beyond obtaining justice for rape victims and collect data which could help secure prosecutions for war crimes. Developed by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), MediCapt allows clinicians to record medical examination results digitally and photograph victims` injuries, store them online and send them directly to law enforcement officials and lawyers

June 14, 2017
Trust.org

Shocking stats show one in five SA women experience domestic violence

A new Stats SA study indicates that one in five women report experiencing violence at the hands of a partner. Some 21% of women over 18 reported domestic violence. Eight percent of women reported experiencing violence in the previous 12 month period. A further six percent reported experiencing sexual violence by a partner, with the poorest women being most at risk 

May 15, 2017
Times Live, Business Day , Daily Maverick

Struggling after Ebola, Liberian girls miss school to work, sell sex

After Ebola, more girls in Liberia are missing out on school to help their families, while those in education are pressurised to have sex or pay bribes for grades or simply to be allowed to sit exams, a charity said. Street Child said the need to boost family income is making many drop out of school or preventing them from getting an education

May 15, 2017
Trust.org

One third of Indonesian women suffer abuse, prompting UN calls for action

One third of Indonesian women have faced physical or sexual violence, according to new government data, prompting calls by a UN agency for urgent action to protect women. The government’s first national survey on violence against women showed 33% of women between the ages of 15-64 – around 26 million people – said they faced abuse in their lives. Cases of violence are most common among women who have received a higher education and those who live in an urban area

April 12, 2017
Trust.org, Straits Times

Kidnapping forced marriage – Pakistan’s Hindu women now have hope for protection from new la...

Women from the mostly-Muslim Pakistan Hindu minority now have the right to a certificate establishing a wife’s marital status under the Hindu Marriage Act 2017, which was signed into law on March 19th. Prior to this, many Hindu girls and married women had lived in the constant fear of being kidnapped, forced to abandon their faith and convert and re-marry forcibly someone who is not of the Hindu faith. Activists said it still needs strong political will to ensure its implementation and campaigns in school and the media to raise awareness of the legislation

April 12, 2017
Trust.org

Health systems

Sexual violence in Haiti is a public health problem

Rampant sexual violence in Haiti against women and children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more care made available for survivors, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Most of the 1,300 survivors of sexual violence who had been treated at one clinic run by MSF in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince since it opened in May 2015 are younger than 25, and more than half are children, according to a MSF report

July 19, 2017
Trust.org

Migrants fleeing Central America face near-certain violence, charity says

MSF said that almost all of the estimated 500,000 migrants who travel into Mexico each year, fleeing poverty and danger in Central America, are victims of violence along their journey. Medical care, treatment for sexual violence and mental health services along the route are limited or non-existent, the report said 

May 11, 2017
Reuters