Feb 2012: By Koketso Moeti - "For every child lost by a marginalised woman – as a nation we lose potential, and close a door to possibility... "
Amid the horrors surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM) there is a quiet revolution, which experts hope could lead to the eradication of the practice.
Thousands of rural communities across Africa, which have practiced FGM for centuries, are starting to abandon the tradition in response to grass-roots education programmes.
BAFNET celebrates two years of service to the community's vulnerable:
'As we celebrate two years of community work in 2012, we have been able to reach to as many chronically poor, older persons, and orphans as possible - but without the support from many people, we would not have lasted this far....'
Chris Crowstaff asks Adepeju Mabedeje about her work as a lawyer and founder of the Brown Button Foundation in Nigeria:
"Nigeria, though oil rich, is a country where corruption thrives with impunity and public officials enjoy immunity from prosecution even in the face of obvious greed and economic crimes.
More often than not, women walk miles in order to reach health centres and receive skilled healthcare. Some health centres by their looks can only be described as death centres with no mosquito nets, no mattress, no water or electricity...."
Jan 2012: By Adepeju Mabadeje in Lagos: "Hard faced soldiers brandishing guns with armoured tanks and gas masks; this is the government’s way of fighting placard carrying protesters...."
Jan 2012: By Titilope Akosa - "Older women in Benin, Edo state southern Nigeria came out naked in protest. In African Tradition, when old women resort to protesting naked then hell is let loose on the pepetrator of the cause of the protest...."
Jan 2012: By Adepeju Mabadeje - "Protesters walk miles and stand for hours to register their displeasure against government’s policy and what they perceive to be reckless spending..."
Jan 2012: By Celine Osukwu - "Amnesty International has issued a statement warning Nigerian government to remove a clause in the Nigerian constitution which kind of give police power to use gun on armless persons..."
Jan 2012: By Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale - "The Nigeria Police Force are reported to have killed seven protesters who were obstructing the flow of traffic at Ibafo, Ogun State..."
If mass rape was not a part of life before the conflict in the Congo, why is it endemic now? And more importantly, how can it be rooted out?
The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict speaks out