African women this week

PETITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Zimbabwean women are to petition parliament on Friday (the last day the global campaign "16 days of gender activism against domestic violence") to approve a four-year-old Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill.

Women from a Musasa support group told IRIN they had fled their homes
because they were forbidden to work, but were beaten or harassed if
they sought money from their husbands for household expenses. Others
spoke of forced unprotected sex with unfaithful husbands; of
contracting sexually transmitted infection, and no money to undergo
treatment.

IRIN News

MEDICALISATION OF FGM

In Kenya, Egypt and Sudan traditional practitioners of FGM have begun to back out of
the business. That doesn’t mean it is over. Now many female teens are
checked into hospitals under the pretext of an illness and a doctor
performs the illegal procedure. 

Instead of helping in the fight against FGM, doctors and nurses are
becomming part of the problem.  In Kenya doctors are charging  between
$37 and $125, while traditional practitioners would charge, at most,
about $25.

Although 14 countries have made FGM illegal, the laws are rarely implemented.

FGM checks into hospitals