• Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    IPS Reports on Gender based Violence in Africa’s Conflict Areas

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    IPS Ugandan correspondent Wambi Michael reported on gender based violence, rape and sexual abuse of women and girls associated with armed conflict in Africa.

    Gender experts interviewed by IPS explained how the lack of economic independence and failure of legal protections, as well as poverty and illiteracy, have contributed to leave women vulnerable to gender-based violence in Africa.

    Gender activists and experts gathered in Kampala, Uganda, April 28-29 to discuss ways of strengthening the women’s movement against gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa. The meeting was organised by Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), a Pan-African International non-governmental organization based in Kampala, working on gender violence and sexual and reproductive rights.

    IPS also interviewed Christine Butegwa, AMwA’s regional programme coordinator, on the horrific reality of sexual-based violence against women in conflict-affected areas of the continent.

    AMwA’s three-year gender-based violence programme in the Great Lakes Region and West Africa “The Power of Women’s Leadership and Movement Building: Gender Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Conflict and Post Conflict Africa” has been funded by the Dutch MDG3 Fund.

    IPS news agency’s coverage of different gender organisations and their activities is independent, and decided only according to the editorial priorities fixed by the IPS global gender editor.

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