Brutalising food vendors hurts Africa’s growing cities

Danielle Resnick, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) In January this year, the Harare City Council in Zimbabwe accused informal food vendors of spreading typhoid. The council then attempted to confiscate, and destroy, all perishable food items that were being hawked in the central business district. Many vendors fought back, resulting in deadly clashes …

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Why South Africa can be accused of hating its young women

Susan Goldstein, University of the Witwatersrand The extent of gender based violence in South Africa is rarely understood. It involves physical and psychological harm, humiliation, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other arbitrary deprivations of liberty – and its impact is chilling. Estimates suggest that violence against women costs …

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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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Empowering Uganda’s teachers offers a new route to reducing violence in schools

Karen Devries, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Nambusi Kyegombe, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Ask many Ugandans about their experience of school and – along with tales of forging lifelong friendships, favourite and less popular teachers – sooner or later you will probably hear a story about being beaten. Those …

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Q&A: Monitoring violence during Nigeria’s elections

By Lou Del Bello [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [11MB]. “In every young democracy there is always a chance for violence whenever you have the potential for a change of power,” says …

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