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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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Dar es Salaam Waste Warriors: Turning Waste into Opportunity

Even before the Waste to Zero initiative was launched at the COP28 Climate Change conference in December 2023, an inspiring group of women in Dar es Salaam have been spearheading an approach that is tackling

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Yam farmers battle challenges of climate change, insecurity

Increasing the yield of important crops such as yam is crucial to ensure food security and livelihood. However, unpredictable rainfall and higher temperatures have contributed to reduced yam harvests. In this report, JUSTINA ASISHANA highlights the multi-faceted

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Unravelling Kenya’s Food Crisis

With 8.9 million Kenyans (17 per cent of the population) living in extreme poverty – below 1.9 USD (Ksh 250) a day –and a hunger level score of 23.5 which is way above the recommended

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Are We Doing Enough?

Comprehensive Sexual education in Kenya has been a topic of concern in recent years. The question of whether youth in Kenya are equipped with comprehensive sexual education has been raised by many stakeholders in the

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West African GBV Reporting

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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West African GBV Reporting

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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Empowering Voices and Stories: My AWJP Fellowship Journey

Gillian Natume Data speaks louder than words,” they say, and I couldn’t agree moreWhen I received the AWJP Fellowship, I was absolutely thrilled. It marked my first foray into the world of fellowships, and I

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Curriculum Developer

Curriculum Developer and Trainer – Online E-learning Journalism Course About the Project:The Reporting Fellowship for Women Journalists in Francophone Africa aims to address skills gaps by providing training, mentorship, and story grants. Short-term goals include

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Podcast SUTURA Ep 1: Mécanismes de protections des survivantes de violences

Podcast SUTURA Ep 1: Mécanismes de protections des survivantes de violences

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Maimed By Religion and The Law; Her Untold Story

Maimed By Religion and The Law; Her Untold Story

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Dossier sur l’accès des Femmes au foncier dans les communes de Ross Béthio, de Diama et de Ronkh.

Dossier sur l’accès des Femmes au foncier dans les communes de Ross Béthio, de Diama et de Ronkh.

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La violence que subissent les filles dans leur famille d’accueil

Laghem FM votre magasine Leeral réalisé par AWJP ET ICFJ et la fondation Ford en Afrique sur la violence basée sur le genre

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Boutiques de droit de l’Ajs : Le divorce, catégorie la plus représentée

Dans le Droit sénégalais, seul un juge est habilité à prononcer le divorce entre deux conjoints. Au total, 10 causes sont retenues pour un divorce contentieux. Parmi elles, l’absence déclarée d’un des époux, l’adultère, le

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VIOLENCE CONJUGALE : Alimatou ou le souffre-douleur d’un mari cruel

Coups de poings, gifles, humiliations, séquestration, étranglements, brûlures, fractures, dénigrements, ordres contradictoires, éclats de voix, menaces de destruction de biens… Tels sont les types de violences faites aux femmes en Afrique et dans le Monde. Au

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Social Responses Of Gender Based Violence-Silent Killer (Reporting And Prosecution Of Perpetrators)

Statistics from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, show that cases of Gender Based Violence, especially among women and girls continue to go underreported and stigmatized. The few

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Reusable pads to combat period poverty

A compendium of original podcasts and radio shows produced and distributed by fast-growing radio station, Agidigbo 88.7 FM.

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Economic insecurity, other factors make some Nigerian women endure abusive partners

Nigeria’s National Population Commission estimates women’s lifetime exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) from their partner at 19 per cent for emotional, 14 per cent for physical, and five per cent for sexual IPV. When

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Depression after childbirth: A silent killer

Many women experience unexplainable emotional changes after childbirth, one of which is post-partum depression. However, depression after childbirth often worsens because some live in denial while others cannot seek help because of the fear of

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Sexual Abuse: Road to Justice Fraught with Hurdles for Women with Disabilities 

n Nigeria, justice is hard to come by for women who have reported being sexually abused, but the situation is worse for women with disabilities (WWDs), BLESSING OLADUNJOYE writes

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WA GBV Reporting Fellowship Pitches

Raising Combats against SGBV through Community Response System Nigeria

According to a UNICEF report from 2016, six out of every ten children in Nigeria suffer some type of violence before the age of 18. The report also says one in every four girls and one in

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Women bear the brunt as divorce, separation rise in Abuja community

It was love at first sight in June 2018 when Halima Salisu, 16, met Abdullahi at Gosa market in Mpape, a settlement that expands to the urban fringe of Nigeria’s national capital. It was a

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GBV: Seeking Justice for Disinherited Widows

In this report, Funmi Ogundare who highlights the plights of widows, writes that there is a need for more sensitisation that will ensure that those who have been disinherited and face one form of discrimination

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INVESTIGATION: Inside Northern Nigeria’s Islamiyya Schools Where Paedophiles Lurk Around

Violence in any school hampers the participation of the girl-child in education and other development programmes. Sexual violence in places considered ‘safe’ for children, such…

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WA GBV Reporting Fellowship Pitches

How workplace sexual harassment forces many out of their dream jobs

Despite several laws prohibiting sexual harassment in Nigeria, many victims are forced to quit their dream jobs while others suffer depression as a result of unsolicited sexual advances from colleagues. FAITH ADEOYE reports. If you

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How Domestic Violence Helped in the Trafficking of Mother of Three

Millions of women and girls are trafficked across the world. According to the international human rights group, Walk Free, three out of four women are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Most women are

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Is the Bible fueling SGBV?

‘Man strangles wife over sex’; ‘Husband butchers wife over denied sex’; ‘Anal or No Sex  ….Husband Demands’ and other headlines like these capture the horrendous instances of sexual violence, a form of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

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Abolishing negative cultural practices; A remedy in the fight against gender based violence

“Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture.” – Charlotte Bunch Culture is dynamic and as such, as society evolves, so must culture.

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Child-Friendly Interviewing and GBV Courts, the Right Step in Protecting Women and Children

“Privacy relates to an individual’s ability to determine for themselves, when, how, and for what purpose their information is handled by others. The most painful thing in life is to walk in town knowing very

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When abuse becomes the order of the day: The untold stories of women suffering in marriages

“It took me thirteen good years to gather courage to walk out of a hell of a marriage, I was initially afraid but I realised I was gradually losing my sanity so I had no choice than

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The Ordeal of Young Zongo Girls in the hands of Sexual Predators

Community Sexual abuse of young girls in the Zongo community has become rampant with perpetrators going unpunished. In recent times, we hear stories of girls as young as 9 months old being sexually abused by fathers,

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WA GBV Reporting Fellowship Pitches

The Africa Women Journalism Project, an initiative supported by the International Centre for Journalists in partnership with the Ford Foundation West Africa, invites applications from women journalists from Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. The initiative aims

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Community Manager

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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Project Officer

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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Call for Applications: Women Journalists in Senegal

Are you a passionate and dedicated woman journalist in Senegal seeking to elevate your skills, expand your network, and embark on impactful storytelling projects? Look no further! The Africa Women Journalist Project is thrilled to

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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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Tragic deaths reveal gaps in Nigeria’s handling of GBV cases

In June 2021, fourteen-year-old Keren-Happuch Akpagher died after allegedly being raped at her boarding school, sparking outrage due to the circumstances and the challenges faced in seeking justice. Keren’s mother, Mrs Vivien Vihimga Akpagher, revealed that

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How River Kaduna Denies Girls Access To Higher Education

After several appeals by residents of Kurmin Kaduna in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State for a junior secondary school, respite came when the Kaduna State Government granted the approval that has seen many

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Research Assistants

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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Head Researcher

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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Amplifying Voices: My Gender Storytelling Journey

By Sira Sow The fellowship has been instrumental in my career and personal development journey, instilling in me a wealth of invaluable experiences and fostering a strong sense of self-reliance. Through its immersive program, I’ve

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AWJP:  A Catalyst for My Career Growth

By Titilope Fadare The African Women Journalism Project on reporting Gender-Based Violence has transformed my career journey. It has played a pivotal role in honing my storytelling skills and shaping my perspective on GBV reporting.

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GBV Reporting: A New Perspective

By Emiene Erameh I joined the African Women Journalism Project reporting fellowship to deepen my understanding of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and learn fresh ways to report on these critical issues. Fast forward several months, and

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A SPECIAL REPORT by Emiene Erameh

Gender-Based Violence (GBV), according to the UNHCR, can include sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. It also includes threats of violence, coercion and manipulation. Gender-based violence can take many

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Booster Vaccines

With news of new emerging Covid-19 variants even as the vaccine roll out programs are  ongoing it is expected for people to wonder if there is a need to get booster vaccines as the present

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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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Scarred for Life: The untold stories of GBV survivors

Gender-Based violence is a severely traumatic experience that disproportionately affects women and girls during the last COVID-19 lockdown. The unfortunate aspect of it is that survivors continue to live with the pains inflicted on them

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Rape: When silence impedes Justice

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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Putting economic Abuse on the GBV agenda

A SPECIAL REPORT by Emiene Erameh Gender-Based Violence (GBV), according to the UNHCR, can include sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. It also includes threats of violence, coercion and

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How Digital Innovation is Bridging the Gap to GBV Response

“Hello! You have called the Orange Support Centre (OSC). How may I help You?’ says Michel Makafui Vogzogbe, a volunteer at the centre. Makafui proceeds to talk with the caller for a few minutes, offering

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Creating employment, one garbage bin at a time

Today is the International Day to End Fistula. An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 women are affected each year by obstetric fistula, which is an abnormal opening between a woman’s vaginal system and her urinary tract or

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AWJP | Aftershocks Radio Editor

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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AWJP | Junior Designer

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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Junior Data Analyst

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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AWJP | Communication Assistant

The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business

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AWJP | Ford Foundation WA GBV | Project Officer

BACKGROUND The AWJP WA GBV Reporting Fellowship is established by ICFJ with the support of  the Ford Foundation West African Office to build upon the ongoing Africa Women Journalism Project (AWJP) to connect a team

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AWJP + ICFJ | Ford Foundation West Africa | Open Call Details

Applicants may propose single stories, multi-part series, long-form narratives or investigative reports in print, online or broadcast formats. Freelancers, contract and staff journalists are welcome to apply. All program activities will be conducted in English and

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Why Eliminating GBV is Key to Ending Obstetric Fistula in Africa

Today is the International Day to End Fistula. An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 women are affected each year by obstetric fistula, which is an abnormal opening between a woman’s vaginal system and her urinary tract or

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Unlearning bad habits in six short months!

By Grace Obike  With nearly seven years of journalism experience under my belt, I thought I had it all figured out. I’d been writing for the Nation newspaper without facing much criticism from my editors,

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GBV Against PWDS: Ordeal Of Hearing Impaired Matilda, A Two Time Rape Victim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCZ-0NgwwUQ https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=314760560613165

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Retrospective: Reporting on Company Accounts with Finance Uncovered

By Soila Kenya, Felista Wangari & Nelly Madegwa Four AWJP network journalists – Soila Kenya, Nelly Madegwa, Sharon Mutia and Wakini Njogu – participated in the Finance Uncovered (FU) Follow the Money financial investigative journalism

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Unlocking the Power of Data in Storytelling: My Journey

By Grace ObikeAre you ready to embark on a transformative journey in journalism? Imagine having the ability to weave powerful narratives that are compelling and backed by robust data. That’s the world I’ve discovered through

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A Transformative Journey from Novice to Health Reporting Specialist

By Jeniffer Gilla Here is a little glimpse into the incredible journey I’ve been on over the past two years, thanks to my wonderful AWJP family. It all began in July 2020 when I joined

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Exploring Self-Care Family Planning: A Journey of Discovery

Justina Asishana As a health journalist, I’ve covered various aspects of family planning over the years. But when I stumbled upon the term ‘self-care family planning,’ it intrigued me. I felt a calling to dive

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Good Journalism Takes Time: My AWJP Fellowship Journey

By Soila Kenya When I initially applied for the Africa Women Journalism Project, my goal was simple: I wanted to get back into writing after a brief hiatus. As a part-time freelancer, I saw this

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