It’s now illegal for Zimbabwe schools to expel pregnant girls
The legal amendment comes as school closures due to COVID-19 raise fears of a rise in sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies. Zimbabwe has made it illegal for schools to expel pupils who get pregnant, a measure women’s rights campaigners said would help tackle gender inequality in the classroom and stop many girls from dropping out of school.
Beitbridge Philanthropist Establishes A SGBV Center For Disabled Women
A Beitbridge philanthropist Mrs. Babongile Mudau-Gora has established a center dedicated to empowering disabled women and victims of se_xual and gender-based violence (SGBV) economically, the Chronicle reports. Mrs. Gora who established the center after leaving her job with a local NGO said she dreamt about the project Mudi wa Pfulufhelo (Home of Hope) Safe Haven 9 years ago.
A health worker demonstration in Paris, France, June 2020
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It began as a mysterious disease, a novel coronavirus soon designated SARS-CoV-2. As countries shut down their economies to slow its spread, it became a global recession as well. Then, in April, the United Nations warned of another dimension to the emergency—a “shadow pandemic” of violence against women raging behind closed doors.
The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting societies around the world in an unprecedented manner. However, not everyone, in every place, will be affected in the same way. Considering how the pandemic affects particular groups will help raise the effectiveness of containment efforts and minimize the potential negative impacts. This note focuses on one such group: Women and girls.