Day 1 After International Women’s Day – Still Celebrating, Still Advocating

At only 17-yr old, Malala Yousafzai was the youngest recipient, at the time in 2014, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her courageous advocacy of girls education in her home region of Swat District, Pakistan. Blogged for BBC as early as 11-yr old and almost died from being assassinated by a Taliban soldier when … More Day 1 After International Women’s Day – Still Celebrating, Still Advocating

Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Get Unexpectedly Hostile Homecoming

By Liz Dwyer | Takepart.com for Yahoo News on February 17, 2016— “It was the hashtag that turned the spotlight on the crisis of Nigerian girls and women being abducted by Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls. But now that government and humanitarian efforts are resulting in some women being rescued from the Islamic militant group and returned to … More Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Get Unexpectedly Hostile Homecoming

SOMALIA: Sexual Abuse by African Union Soldiers

Originally published on Human Rights Watch on September 8, 2014— “Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Troop-contributing countries, the African Union (AU), and donors to AMISOM should urgently … More SOMALIA: Sexual Abuse by African Union Soldiers

Niger Detains Agriculture Minister over Suspected Child Trafficking

Originally posted on Yahoo News Digest on August 24, 2014— “Niger’s agriculture minister has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network, a spokesman for his political party said on Saturday. The arrest of Abdou Labo, a senior figure in President Mahamadou Issoufou’s ruling coalition, comes after 17 people, including his wife and … More Niger Detains Agriculture Minister over Suspected Child Trafficking

9,000 Child Soldiers Fighting in South Sudan’s War

Violent conflict continues in South Sudan; with nothing to do and little hope, boys and girls are being recruited to fight with militia and government forces. By James East for World Vision on June 4, 2014— “Across South Sudan, the struggle to survive is sending girls and boys into the arms of militia and government … More 9,000 Child Soldiers Fighting in South Sudan’s War

Faith-Based Human Rights Group Calling for End of Violence in Central African Republic

By Chris Woodward for OneNewsNow.com on June 2, 2014— “A human-rights organization for Christians is calling for international response to sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. On May 28, Muslim terrorists attacked a Roman Catholic church in the capital city of the Central African Republic, killing 30 people. Cameron Thomas with International Christian Concern says prayer always … More Faith-Based Human Rights Group Calling for End of Violence in Central African Republic

AFRICA: Human Rights Commission Calls for End of Anti-Gay Laws

By Nick Duffy for http://www.pinknews.co.uk/ on June 3, 2014— “The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has passed a resolution condemning the spread of violence and discriminatory laws targeting gay people on the continent. The Commission passed the resolution last week, noting with “alarm” the rise of anti-gay sentiment across Africa. In January, Nigerian president Jonathan … More AFRICA: Human Rights Commission Calls for End of Anti-Gay Laws