West African GBV Reporting

West Africa has a long history of gender-based violence which has been exacerbated by a culture of impunity and lack of women in positions of influence and authority.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the problem, leading to an increase in occurrences of domestic and sexual violence.Women in the region are currently dealing with “two pandemics” while simultaneously caring for their families.

Silent Crisis: Exposing Gender-Based Violence Among Internally-Displaced Women And Girls

Having escaped insecurity in many parts of northern Nigeria, displaced women now face a new challenge in camps. Here, they are exposed to sexual violence in the form of sex-for-food and other forms of gender-based

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New hope for women rejected for childlessness

Accra, Aug. 5, GNA – In many parts of Ghana where having children is prized as the main reason for a woman’s existence, women are blamed for a couple’s childlessness and thrown out of their

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Women’s struggle to own land

In 2022, the World Bank’s gender data highlighted a crucial fact: Nigerian sons and daughters have equal rights to inherit assets from their parents. Moreover, the Nigerian Constitution safeguards citizens’ equal rights under the law,

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Empowering women by challenging inheritance traditions

The Nigerian Constitution protects the equal rights of all citizens including the right not to be discriminated against either expressly or through the practical application of any law. Customary law is also recognised and protected

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Importance of Psychological Counseling to GBV Survivors

Survivors of GBV experience a range of health, psychological and social challenges. They need care and support to deal with the shame, guilt, fear, depression and other responses to the trauma they have experienced. Stakeholders

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The coconut trade: A path to women’s empowerment 

Accra, Aug. 13, GNA – In the bustling Agartha Market in Koforidua, a remarkable transformation is observed as women break barriers and reclaim their economic independence through coconut trade.  

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Unmasking the Silent Saboteur: How Misinformation Affected Kenya’s HPV Vaccine Uptake

The human papillomavirus (HPV) accounts for 99.7% of all cervical cancer cases, and two strains of the virus – HPV 16 and 18 – are among the vaccine-preventable subtypes contributing to over 70% of all

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Breaking the chains of the cut: Why Nigeria’s medicalised FGM rates are still high

Nigeria has made strides in the reduction of FGM, but it remains widespread, with a significant percentage performed by healthcare professionals, despite overwhelming medical evidence and legal measures against it. In this report, Emiene Erameh

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Sex for Fish – Providing Safe Spaces for Survivors

Did you know that over 600 million people in the world rely on fishing to earn a living? These men and women feed over 3.3 billion people, nearly half the world’s population, every year.

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A violent path to motherhood

Womens’ voices are heard rarely in many developing countries like Nigeria. In some communities, women must speak through a man – either their son, nephew or any other male relative— no matter their wealth and

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  • Over the last two decades, West Africa has seen rapid democratisation and significant economic progress. The abundance of natural resources and economic advances, on the other hand, do not benefit poor and rural communities.

    High rates of GBV, aggravated by rising poverty, constrain and limit West African women’s economic and social engagement. Despite the fact that women make up about half of West Africa’s population, they are disproportionately underrepresented in elected positions, and their voices are routinely repressed and excluded from decision-making.

    To eradicate gender-based violence and discrimination, a deeper and larger cultural, societal, and political commitment is required. Women’s underrepresentation in public spaces, along with their continued objectification in the media, undermines efforts to confront a deeply entrenched and detrimental culture of discrimination. The media, as “culture gatekeepers,” play an important and crucial part in rewriting this long-term wrong.

    With the support of the Ford Foundation Office of West Africa, the Africa Women Journalism Project (AWJP) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) have launched the West African GBV Reporting Fellowship, which builds on the AWJP’s goal of amplifying the voices of minority groups and highlighting under-explored issues affecting women and other marginalised groups.


    During the 18-month fellowship program, the AWJP will work with women journalists from three West African countries: Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. The programme will be implemented in three stages:

    • Phase One: 60 journalists will attend information and learning workshops before receiving microgrants to create in-depth narrative reports.
    • Phase Two: A nine-month training and mentoring program for 12 journalists (4 from each country). The AWJP team will provide the Fellows with editorial, data, and technical assistance, as well as microgrants to assist them in the production of evidence-based stories aimed at shifting the GBV narrative in their respective countries.
    • Phase Three: Peer-to-peer training.   Fellows will be able to share what they have learned with their newsrooms, which will be assisted in establishing the structures needed to continue reporting on GBV after the Fellowship ends.


    Journalists recognised as participated and having made important contributions to the goals of the fellowship,


    Journalists recognised as participated and having made important contributions to the goals of the fellowship,