Girl Child Marriages that lead to Obstetric Fistula in Ethiopia

It was a year ago, when I used to tutor a little boy in my city. The little tiny boy had a sister who is tinier than him. And what registered in my mind was the doll which the little girl dragged around her always; not able to carry the doll that was bigger than her tiny structure, the girl was yet determined to keep the toy close enough to her, preventing anybody nearing it. I realized that this toy was precious to this girl; I also realized how much more precious the girl herself was.

Women Farmers of Uganda

Esther inherited a huge area of land from her father. But after marriage, her husband took over most of it, and decided what is to be produced in there

I was happy with what I was doing in my land. The yams and fruits were feeding us; it also earned me an income – quite a good one I must say” lamented thirty-one year old Esther Wanjala who feels a burden on herself now. “My man was determined to make big money through tobacco. How is that going to feed my children and their children in the future?”

In Uganda, out of the 41 million people, 36 million live in the rural. The rural areas of Uganda witness poverty and the rural dwellers rely on agriculture as their main source of income. In these areas about 22% of the population, live below the national poverty line. And even with a 66% of employment received through farming, food is scarce and insecure in the land. Food insecurity has become a major issue in Uganda.

Menses and Fempads: Women Break the Taboo in the DR Congo

For ages, sexual issues have been a big challenge to women and girls. The traditions in this country, mostly in the villages, are highly discriminatory toward women and girls. In this part of the world, women and girls totally depend on men for every single need of theirs. This is because the Congo society is highly paternalistic. Men make the laws and they do everything possible to protect the laws; men get the lion’s share from those traditions that allow them almost everything. Women and girls are passive regarding those traditions. They are not able to change or oppose the men; and if they do, they will be taxed to have committed taboos. Once a woman or a girl is labeled this way, serious punishment follows her. Women and girls then become scared and intimidated by such sanctions; and this fear has caused the women and girls to abide to these traditions even though they are discriminated through them at a large scale.

The fast growing Lucrative Criminal Enterprise

I was harassed and tortured by many;they, who wanted to sleep with me, did not agree to be the father of my child

Sudan has seen enough conflict to lose millions of innocent lives. During every disaster, while one suffers another gains; and so is it with the people of Sudan. Adding to the effects of conflict, displacement, poverty, etc., slavery has become a trade that is practiced in the country. Slavery was there in Sudan from the ancient days. But the gradual decrease again changed with the second civil war from 1983 to 2005. Men, women, and children are sold under this trade to countries outside Sudan. And Libya is one African country which sells high number of migrants as slaves who seek refuge there.