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Nita Bhalla

Campaigners demand anti-FGM law as girls bleed to death in Somalia

Sep 18 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A spate of deaths of young girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) has renewed calls for Somalia to outlaw the tradition, one of six FGM-practising nations in Africa yet to criminalize it.

Charity denies promoting teen abortions after Kenya bans radio ad

Sep 17 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International charity Marie Stopes on Monday denied promoting abortions to teenage girls in Kenya after the government banned a radio advertisement, saying it only wanted to raise awareness.

LGBT Kenyans hope for court win after India scraps 'gay sex' ban

Sep 12 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A battle in Kenya's courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex has been reinvigorated after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners said on Wednesday.

African wars killed five million sick children in 20 years: study

Aug 30 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five million children in Africa have died from preventable diseases over the last 20 years because armed conflict deprived them of access to basic healthcare or clean water, scientists said on Thursday.

'Put up and shut up': polygamy breeds poverty for Kenyan women and children

Aug 14 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was after 21 years of marriage and six children together that Joyce's husband brought home his second wife, without any discussion or warning.

Ugandan police urged to act after series of attacks on charities

Aug 08 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police in Uganda must investigate attacks on dozens of charities and prosecute those responsible, campaigners said on Wednesday, after a prominent women's rights group became the latest target.

Burundi reversing school pregnancy ban not enough to protect girls: campaigners

Jul 31 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Burundi's rollback on banning pregnant girls and expectant teen fathers from attending school is a victory for child rights, but steps must be taken to curb sexual exploitation and teen pregnancies, campaigners said on Tuesday.

Africa's trafficking gangs flourish as nations fail to work together

Jul 30 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Trafficking gangs are flourishing across Africa through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of migrants, yet nations are failing to dismantle networks due to a lack of coordination, the United Nations said on Monday.

Mistreated women turn 'lawyers' to win divorce, child custody in Kenya's courts

Jul 30 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Standing before a judge in a courtroom can be daunting for anyone - let alone someone with zero legal know-how who is representing themselves against a more powerful adversary.

Carbon emissions goals at risk as 'clunker' cars flood Africa, South Asia

Jul 24 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African and South Asian nations could miss national targets to curb greenhouse gas emissions unless rich countries stop using them as dumping grounds for millions of polluting old cars, a study has warned.

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