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Coronavirus spreading fast but stigma is more dangerous – WHO

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Geneva, Switzerland/Beijing, ChinaReuters Coronavirus now appears to be spreading much more rapidly outside China than within but can still be contained, and stigma is more dangerous than the disease itself, the World Health Organization said on Monday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said almost nine times as many cases had been reported outside China as […]

South Sudan’s churches denounce stigmatisation of sexual violence survivors

The South Sudan Council of Churches has denounced the stigmatisation of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the strife-torn African nation. In a statement released last week to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the council condemned sexual violence as “one of the most heinous crimes committed during conflicts” and […]

Conquering Kilimanjaro: Women with albinism set to scale Africa’s highest peak

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Six African women with albinism who have overcome stigma, abuse, rape and machete attacks are set to scale the continent’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to dispel the negative perceptions surrounding people with the rare skin condition. The novice climbers – aged between 26 to 35 years old and from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, […]

Thousands of Iraqis too scared to go home because of IS stigma

Thomson Reuters Foundation Hundreds of Iraqi families forced to flee last year’s fighting in Mosul are being prevented from returning home by their communities because they had a relative who joined the so-called Islamic State, an aid worker said on Tuesday. Communities are also barring some families from accessing aid for the same reason, said […]