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The right to heal

10/06/2004 | Panos London

Many of the women raped during the 1994 Rwandan genocide are now living with HIV/AIDS. Survivors' groups are now calling for them to be given international priority for antiretroviral drugs.  

Saying ‘no’ to sex: a woman’s right

05/04/2004 | Jennifer Bakyawa

The Ugandan government wants everyone to ‘Abstain, Be faithful and use Condoms’. But this message can't get far when thousands of wives are being infected with HIV/AIDS by their husbands.

Jamaica struggles to stem teen pregnancies

12/17/2003 | Trudy Simpson

A debate over teenage pregnancies in Jamaica heated up when two MPs from opposite ends of the political spectrum proposed forced virginity testing for teenagers and sterilisation of young mothers.

Saddam Hussein behind bars but Iraqi women still prisoners of fear

12/01/2003 | Nazaneen Rashid

In the chaos of post-war Iraq women and girls are prisoners in their own homes, unable to go to work or school – let alone influence the future course of Iraq.

Pakistan laws are ‘springboards for extremism’

10/22/2003 | Beena Sarwar

The fundamentalist Taliban has been defeated in Afghanistan. But in a province in neighbouring Pakistan, a coalition of religious parties has banned male doctors from conducting ultrasound scans on pregnant women.

Schoolgirls overcome harassment

08/08/2003 | Panos London

Christine Otieno talks to girls in Nebbi, Uganda, whose education has been affected by sexual harassment, both in school and in their communities. 

We didn’t apply to be AIDS orphans

07/22/2003 | Panos London

Stigmatised, exploited and ignored, orphaned children have long been the invisible victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Now, researchers have drawn out the experiences of Zambian orphans with stories, interviews and art.

Kenyan women hit out at male citadels of science

02/22/2003 | Panos London

The first women-only college for science and technology has opened in Kenya, where women make up just 20 per cent of the student population, most pushed into studying liberal sciences.

Marital rape outlawed by Nepal’s supreme court

10/01/2002 | Panos London

Less than 15 per cent of UN member-states have laws against marital rape. Nepal may soon join them, but a vast chasm of societal prejudices needs to be crossed first.

Child marriage means child labour for daughters

09/15/2002 | Panos London

Child marriage has been illegal in India for 73 years, but the tradition still lives on: a third of all adolescent girls are married by 15.

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