Zambia CSO Wants Bride Price Abolished

A Zambian civil society organisation has called for the abolishing of the long-held tradition of bride price arguing that it had been culturally used to put women in bondage. NGOCC chairperson Sarah Longwe has attributed the increase in Gender Based … Continued

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A Zambian civil society organisation has called for the abolishing of the long-held tradition of bride price arguing that it had been culturally used to put women in bondage. NGOCC chairperson Sarah Longwe has attributed the increase in Gender Based Violence to lobola claiming it was used to force early marriages. She said it was disheartening to note that even tribes that previously never charged lobola had started demanding for money just for financial gain. Longwe lamented that society had started viewing girls and women as commodities that they could sell for profit. “Society has started viewing women and girls as goats, chickens and cows that they can easily exchange with money,†she said. Longwe said it was unfortunate to see young girls being forced into marriages where they are raped everyday and later die during child birth because their body had not matured enough for child bearing. She said a number of women were being unjustly treated because men boasted having bought them and that they had a right to treat them in the manner they wanted. Longwe said if lobola was abolished, women could decide to have protective sex or the number of children they want. “When lobola is paid, love ceases to exist since a woman is turned into a slave,†claimed Longwe said. Longwe said lobola was introduced by ancestors and worked well in their time but now it was exploiting and working against women in this generation. “Let lobola be abolished just as we abolished the practice of sexual cleansing and other bad practices in order to safeguard women,” she said. Longwe said if a country wanted to really achieve gender equality, vices such as lobola should be done away with as it was promoting gender inequality. The post Zambia CSO Wants Bride Price Abolished appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Africa Rising – Tedros Elected to Head WHO by Wide Margin

[allAfrica] Cape Town -After a bruising end to an aggressive campaign, Africa’s choice to lead the UN World Health Organization prevailed over Britain’s candidate David Nabarro at the World Health Assembly in Geneva Tuesday. The vote was 133 for Ethiop…

[allAfrica] Cape Town -After a bruising end to an aggressive campaign, Africa's choice to lead the UN World Health Organization prevailed over Britain's candidate David Nabarro at the World Health Assembly in Geneva Tuesday. The vote was 133 for Ethiopia's former health minister to 50 for Nabarro in a third round, where each UN member state had one vote.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Civil Society Unsatisfied With Outcomes of 18th EAC Summit

[Iwacu] « The East African Community is unable to find a solution to the Burundi crisis which has already claimed more than 2,000 human lives, forced at least 500,000 people into exile, made hundreds of Burundians victims of enforced disappearances and led to arbitrary arrests of more than 8,000 people”, says Armel Niyongere, a Human rights activist.

[Iwacu] « The East African Community is unable to find a solution to the Burundi crisis which has already claimed more than 2,000 human lives, forced at least 500,000 people into exile, made hundreds of Burundians victims of enforced disappearances and led to arbitrary arrests of more than 8,000 people", says Armel Niyongere, a Human rights activist.

source: AllAfrica News: Burundi

DW Correspondent Set Free After Detention in DRC

[Iwacu] The Burundian police have handed over the Burundian journalist, Antediteste Niragira working for the German channel Deutsche Welle, to the National Communication Council (CNC). He has been detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 17 May.

[Iwacu] The Burundian police have handed over the Burundian journalist, Antediteste Niragira working for the German channel Deutsche Welle, to the National Communication Council (CNC). He has been detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 17 May.

source: AllAfrica News: Burundi

Military Chiefs Review Security in Great Lakes Region

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Chiefs of Staff of the member States of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are assessing Tuesday in Luanda the situation of security and instability in this part of Africa.

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Chiefs of Staff of the member States of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are assessing Tuesday in Luanda the situation of security and instability in this part of Africa.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Govt Signs U.S.$210 Million Deal for Petroleum Importation

[The Point] The Gambia government has signed a three-year agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, for the importation of petroleum products, among others.

[The Point] The Gambia government has signed a three-year agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, for the importation of petroleum products, among others.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Barrow Seizes Jammeh’s Assets

[The Point] The government of President Adama Barrow has frozen all the known assets of former president Yahya Jammeh in The Gambia while investigations continues outside Gambia to know what and where he owns for further action.

[The Point] The government of President Adama Barrow has frozen all the known assets of former president Yahya Jammeh in The Gambia while investigations continues outside Gambia to know what and where he owns for further action.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

MRCCCU Holds 11thagm

[The Point] The Medical Research Council Cooperative Credit Union (MRCCCU) held its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM), at their main unit in Fajara over the weekend, on the theme: “Unions; the authentic difference.”

[The Point] The Medical Research Council Cooperative Credit Union (MRCCCU) held its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM), at their main unit in Fajara over the weekend, on the theme: "Unions; the authentic difference."

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia