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Ugandan faith leaders work to confront increase in gender-based violence

Bupoto, Uganda RNS Residents of Bupoto, a town in eastern Uganda, are still in disbelief months after police arrested a 48-year-old pastor accused of hacking his 44-year-old wife to death. “The pastor killed his pregnant wife because he suspected her of having an extramarital affair with another man in this area,” said Irene Mukasa, a […]

Australia to police internet porn, spend $US600 million on domestic violence victims

Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia will spend almost $A1 billion on payments for those fleeing domestic violence and introduce new measures to police pornography and violence on the internet in response to what the government is calling a “national crisis” of gendered violence. Thousands took to the streets on Saturday to protest violence against women, which […]

Argentina femicides keep rising after record last year, observatory says

Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters Femicides in Argentina, already at a record level last year, have increased further in the first two months of 2024, a report from a local observatory on Friday showed, with more than one killing per day underscoring the deadly threat to women. The country saw 61 misogynistic murders of women and […]

Student’s murder highlights violence against women in Italy

The Campidoglio, Rome's city hall, is lit up in red to honour women who have been killed by men to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in Rome, Italy, on 25th November, 2021.

Rome, ItalyReuters The killing of a university student and the arrest of her ex-boyfriend have highlighted the issue of violence against women in Italy, with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni vowing to step up protections and raise public awareness. The body of Giulia Cecchettin, a 22-year-old from a small town near Venice, was found on Saturday […]

South Sudan churches launch campaign against child marriage, violence

South Sudan Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta

Nairobi, Kenya Church leaders in South Sudan have started a campaign against childhood marriages and violence, and now rampant among teenagers in the East African country. The country of more than 10.75 million people has the world’s fifth-highest prevalence of child marriage, according to the report by the UN. The report shows that 52 per cent of […]

Spain vows more vigilance, protection as murders of women spike in December

Spain Madrid protest against violence against women

Madrid, Spain Reuters The Spanish Government promised on Thursday increased police protection for victims of domestic violence after at least nine women in Spain were killed by their current or former partners in December, making it the deadliest month of this year. “The time has come to say ‘enough’,” Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told reporters […]