(نيروبي) – قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش في تقرير أصدرته اليوم إن على الحكومة الصومالية الجديدة أن تتبنى إصلاحات ملموسة من أجل مواجهة العنف الجنسي المتفشي. على مدار العام الماضي تعرضت السيدات والفتيات لمعدلات عالية من الاغتصاب والتجاوزات الجنسية، بما في ذلك من قِبل جنود حكوميين، في مقديشو عاصمة الصومال.
باغتصاب تعرضت له الطفلة دانه (١٨) قبل ثلاث سنوات وهي خارج منزل ذويها، فقدت فرصة الحياة مع اسرتها بشكل طبيعي لتجد في دار رعاية فتيات الرصيفة ملجئها الأخير. اشتاق لأمي واخوتي، ولم ارهم منذ الحادثة، باستثناء مرة واحدة قدمت أمي وكنت سعيدة في ذلك ولم تأت بعد ذلك”، تقول دانه وهي لم تكن تعلم بأن إدارة الدار خططت بصعوبة لقدوم أمها قبل فترة .
The practice of men marrying underage girls - which has been an accepted social norm for centuries but has been linked in recent years to the spread of HIV - was recently declared illegal in Swaziland.
Tunisian civil society is rallying in support of a young woman who was raped by police officers in what they say is part of a broader assault on women's rights by religious conservatives.There is widespread outrage after 27-year-old victim was summoned by the investigating judge on Wednesday to face chargers of "indecency" from the two men accused of raping her, in what many argue is an attempt by the authorities to intimidate her.
Sofia Djama does not consider herself a feminist. It's not because she doesn't believe in equal rights for women – as a 33-year-old female director in Algeria, she is already a trailblazer. It's more that, as she puts it: "The rights of women in Algeria are such that you can't be feminist in the traditional sense. There are things you can't even discuss or negotiate."
When rape is used as a weapon of war in places like Congo or Bosnia, thousands of women and girls can become pregnant, but a piece of 39-year-old U.S. legislation means that few if any aid groups are allowed to provide or even discuss abortion services with them.
There's a 38 year-old Congolese woman named Josephine who has probably never heard of U.S. Representative and Senatorial candidate Todd Akin. But, if she had, Josephine would know all too well how wrong Akin was when he said that a woman's body can "shut the whole thing down" and prevent a pregnancy if she experiences a "legitimate rape." When Josephine was 29, she, like many of the estimated 1.8 million other women and girls who were raped during the Congo's series of conflicts, became pregnant. Akin's comments will never affect Josephine, so she has little reason to care. But she cares very much about the U.S. legislative efforts to restrict abortion access, because that decades-long campaign, of which Akin is only an example, has changed her life permanently.