region: East Africa


Burundi signed the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (The Maputo Protocol) on the 3rd of December 2003 but has not ratified it. Sexual violence and domestic violence, among other forms of violence, are widespread in Burundi due to the discriminatory Government legislation. Despite the introduction of free primary education in 2005, there is still a disparity between boys and girls mainly in secondary and higher education. 2016  The Law on the Protection of Victims and the Prevention and Punishment of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence includes a comprehensive definition

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SOAWR Strongly Condemns the Act of Violence by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), an initiative of 43 organizations working across 23 countries in Africa, strongly condemns the act of violence committed by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero against Nairobi’s Women Parliamentary Representative, the Honourable Rachel Shebesh. A video of the incident that took place on Friday 6th September 2013 has received wide media coverage in Kenya and clearly shows Governor Kidero slapping the Honourable Shebesh at City Hall-Nairobi. Subsequent statements from Governor Kidero and his office indicate that he did not recall the altercation and further claimed that his action was warranted by indecent assault by

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