Millions more cases of violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, unintended pregnancy expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Millions more cases of violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, unintended pregnancy expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic

28 April 2020

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A clear view of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take shape, but experts estimate the human cost could be extraordinary. The economic and physical disruptions caused by the disease could have vast consequences for the rights and health of women and girls, a new analysis by UNFPA and partners shows.

Significant levels of lockdown-related disruption over 6 months could leave 47 million women in low- and middle-income countries unable to use modern contraceptives, leading to a projected 7 million additional unintended pregnancies. Six months of lockdowns could result in an additional 31 million cases of gender-based violence.

Continued: https://www.unfpa.org/news/millions-more-cases-violence-child-marriage-female-genital-mutilation-unintended-pregnancies


Kenya – Why a section of the clergy and politicians are uneasy with Nairobi conference on population

Why a section of the clergy and politicians are uneasy with Nairobi conference on population

Japheth Ogila
11th Nov 2019

Kenya will be hosting the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) summit tomorrow in Nairobi amidst unease and anxiety from a section of political and religious leaders.

According to the National Council for Population Development, the country landed the opportunity to host the conference after she met the requirements and was viewed as an active member.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001348948/explainer-why-conference-on-population-is-generating-heat


Kenya – Cultural abortion: The unspoken cruelty destroying girls’ lives

Cultural abortion: The unspoken cruelty destroying girls' lives
She was warned that she couldn’t get pregnant before she is wed as it was a shame to her family and her taboo.

by Michelle Dibo
06 October 2019

Eddah looks much older than her actual age of 17. She is admitted at the Maralal Referral Hospital for the 17th time.

It is funny that her age and the number of times she has been admitted at the hospital due to miscarriages is the same. She does not seem to recognise this irony when I speak with her.

“I just want to have a child,” she tells me. Her voice so sad you can hear the melancholic backdrop if you listen close enough.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-10-06-cultural-abortion-the-unspoken-cruelty-destroying-girls-lives/


SENEGAL – Laws on abortion and other girls’ and women’s rights to be amended

SENEGAL – Laws on abortion and other girls’ and women’s rights to be amended

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Sept 10, 2019

Laws related to abortion and other rights of girls and women are soon be amended in Senegal. On 26 July, during a dinner discussion organised by the Association de Juristes de Senegal (AJS), the government director of human rights, Moussa Ka, explained that the State had made a commitment to establish a technical committee to review the legislative and regulatory provisions that discriminate against women with the aim of modifying them. This, he said, included prohibition of FGM, child marriage and sexual harassment. It would also authorise safe abortion for girls, in cases of rape and incest under the Children’s Code. He invited civil society organisations to strengthen the synergy of actions in order to advocate for the adoption of current reform projects.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/senegal-laws-on-abortion-and-other-girls-and-womens-rights-to-be-amended/


Population dynamics central to Africa’s quest for sustainable development

Population dynamics central to Africa’s quest for sustainable development

Apr 17, 2019
Economic Commission for Africa - United Nations

Marrakesh, Morocco, April 17, 2019 (ECA) - Addressing inequalities across all sectors in Africa necessitates that the continent eliminates disparities in access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the attendant consequences of lack of access - unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, maternal deaths - and gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation.

This was said by Robert T. Chakanda, Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Planning and Economy in a discussion on the Centrality of Population Dynamics to Sustainable Development held in the margins of the 5th Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/927508/population-dynamics-central-to-africas-quest-for-sustainabl.html