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Respectively 60.6% and 62% of women in Liberia and Sierra Leone have experienced at least one act of sexual violence in their life. IStock

The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

More than 40% are victims of violence at least once in their lifetime, according to research. This is likely the tip of the iceberg.
Loss of formal employment in the mining industry and drought conditions in neighbouring countries are some of the factors that drive illegal mining. The Washington Post via Getty Images

Artisanal gold mining in South Africa is out of control. Mistakes that got it here

Artisanal gold mining is highly organised and rule-bound. Men, women and even children participate a hierarchy sustained by a web of buyers, sponsors and customers.
The Savannah Medical Clinic, which provided abortions for four decades in Savannah, Ga., is closed now. AP Photo/Russ Bynum

Kansas vote for abortion rights highlights disconnect between majority opinion on abortion laws and restrictive state laws being passed after Supreme Court decision

Justice Samuel Alito said that abortion policy crafted by elected representatives in the states would be more responsive to what constituents want than federal protection of the right. He was wrong.
Nine out of 10 college men who admitted to sexual assault say they took advantage of victims who were intoxicated. shironosov via iStock/Getty Images Plus

Alcohol is becoming more common in sexual assault among college students

An increasing number of college students say they were victims or perpetrators of sexual assault – and that victims were drunk when the assault took place. Are campus drinking environments to blame?
The death of Savita Halappanavar in an Irish hospital in 2012 after she was denied an abortion during a miscarriage caused outrage across Ireland. AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik

Abortion: The story of suffering and death behind Ireland’s ban and subsequent legalization

In 1983, a constitutional referendum outlawed abortion in Ireland. In 2018, another referendum repealed the ban and legalized abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. What happened?
A man holds a sign that reads ‘Hands Off Roe!!!’ as abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. abortion bans compel women to be not just Good Samaritans, but ‘splendid’ ones

50 years ago, a noted U.S. philosopher argued that banning abortion forces women to go above and beyond to help an unborn fetus. What other individual rights are at stake if Roe v Wade is overturned?
An activist holds a placard reading “my outfit is not an invitation” during a demonstration against the television channel Nouvelle Chaine Ivorienne following a shocking programme on rape. SIA KAMBOU/AFP via Getty Images

Rape culture in Côte d'Ivoire can shift if survivors get support to speak without blame and shame

The practice of blaming and stigmatising rape survivors has devastating consequences. It silences them and protects rapists. It discourages survivors from accessing healthcare and pursuing justice.
Children watch as police work behind a cordon where a young victim of a gang shooting lies dead on the ground. Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Study paints a grim picture of what young gangsters think about violence and manhood

Findings show that in the face of marginalisation and social exclusion, youth in gangs think that they have no options except violence to prove that they are ‘real’ men in their communities.

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