Online censors are a barrier to sex education

By Pauline Oosterhoff Sex, lies and algorithms — educators need to work with a changing online landscape, says Pauline Oosterhoff. Rapidly expanding internet access for young people in developing countries poses new and unexpected challenges to sex education. At the end of 2015 there were two billion internet users in the developing world. And with …

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Facebook use and risky sex in Swaziland

Bhekumusa Lukhele, Kyoto University Young Swazi adults who spend a significant amount of time on Facebook and have previously had sex with someone they met on the popular social networking site are likely to have several partners, according to a study we conducted in Swaziland. The backdrop to the survey was that Swaziland has identified …

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More sex during South Africa’s World Cup meant more boys nine months on

Gwinyai Masukume, University of the Witwatersrand and Victor Grech, University of Malta Nine months after South Africa hosted the 2010 football World Cup a disproportionately higher number of male babies were born compared with the previous eight years. There are two reasons for this: people were having more sex and they were happy. In our …

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Africa News Headlines for 9 September 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from across the globe over the past 24 hours. Partial Solar Eclipse to Darken Southern Africa’s Skies Sunday Source: Space.com Kenya picked to host 2016 Africa Individual chess championship Source: The Star America’s Imperial Footprint in Africa Source: CounterPunch US to train UPDF doctors Source: New Vision Tree bark …

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Polygamous marriages raise risk of violence

By Gilbert Nakweya African women in polygamous marriages are at higher risk of being physically abused by their husbands than women whose husbands have only one wife, a study has revealed. The study surveyed more than 14,000 married women in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, and found higher rates of domestic violence in polygamous marriages, …

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