Jun 26, 2010

RAPE CONTINUES UN-PROSECUTED IN SIERRA LEONE

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

After our posting In Topics in Focus on June 4th, 2010, “Horror in Sierra Leone - Unnecessary Maternal Death", another article reported on the extreme disregard and violence also suffered by women. The life histories of thousands of women reveal their being raped and enduring other types of gender violence. In 2009, nearly 1,000 cases of gang rape were reported in Sierra Leone but none were successfully prosecuted. Gang rape has been a tactic of civil wars in previous years, but still remains an issue in recent years. Despite laws making them crimes - the perpetrators go free. Community pressures, lack of enforcement, and stigma place women in a precarious position where they are dissuaded from reporting these sexual attacks. This environment of tolerance for abuse against women fosters their continued marginalization in society and compromises their health and ability in to be productive members of society. Life For Mothers recognizes the interconnectedness of justice, community and the health of mothers. Men must advocate for the rights of women and enforce a zero-tolerance for any gender violence. In addition, men must advocate and ensure that all women have the same rights as they do. In other words, women must become empowered with the assistance of men. Life For Mothers supports this as a fundamental ingredient that will lead to a country's social, healthy and economic well being. Here's the link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201006221306.html


Did you know?

Babies and mothers wait for care at Mulago Hospital - Ugandan's National Referral Hospital. Some may die and some mothers may develop obstetric fistulae. Click Here to view.

Source:The New Vision- Uganda's Leading Newspaper July 2007


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