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Seeking fair elections, Sierra Leone bans FGM during campaign season

Seeking fair elections, Sierra Leone bans FGM during campaign season | Regional News | Scoop.it
By Nellie PeytonDAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) until after its March elections to stop candidates buying votes by paying for cutting ceremonies, the government said on Monday. FGM in the West African nation is widely practised as part of girls' initiation into powerful secret societies - led by women - which wield significant political clout.The government last month banned initiations to prevent the societies from intimidating people during campaigning ahead of elections on March 7, and to stop candidates swaying voters by paying for ceremonies, said state spokesman Cornelius Deveaux. "So many politicians use initiation into secret society during campaigns to gain votes, especially those of women," said anti-FGM campaigner Rugiatu Neneh Turay, formerly the deputy minister of social welfare, gender and children's affairs.People seeking office at all levels commonly contribute to FGM ceremonies, which often cost up to $200 with food, music, and the cutter's fee taken into account, said Aminata Koroma, secretary of Sierra Leone's Forum Against Harmful Practices.With nine in 10 girls cut, Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in Africa, according to U.N. data, and is one of only a handful of African countries which has not outlawed the internationally condemned practice.The ritual typically involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia and can cause serious health problems.The ban is the first of its kind during an election season and applies until March 31, according to Maya Kaikai, Sierra Leone's minister of local government and rural development.Former minister Turay said she hoped the ban would pave the way for activists to work with the government to stamp out FGM. But global human rights group Equality Now and aid agency ActionAid, which are both working to eradicate FGM in Sierra Leone, said they did not see the ban as a sign of progress. "This is just a political move," Felister Gitonga of Equality Now told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "It has nothing to do with protecting the rights of women." Sierra Leone also banned FGM in 2014 during the height of the Ebola crisis amid fears that cutting rituals would exacerbate the spread of the disease. Although the practice dropped off at the time, campaigners say it has since rebounded. Last month neighboring Liberia banned FGM for a year under an executive order signed by outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Activists have urged new President George Weah to push for a permanent law against the practice. (Reporting by Nellie Peyton, Editing by Kieran Guilbert; Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)
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Interview imaginaire du 1er avril : Samuel Eto’o répond à Jeune Afrique –

Interview imaginaire du 1er avril : Samuel Eto’o répond à Jeune Afrique – | Regional News | Scoop.it
Suite à la publication sur notre site d’une interview imaginaire de Samuel Eto’o, ce dimanche 1er avril, le footballeur camerounais a répondu à Jeune Afrique, jugeant ce canular « malfaisant ».
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What Political Leadership on Migration Looks Like — Refugees Deeply

What Political Leadership on Migration Looks Like — Refugees Deeply | Regional News | Scoop.it
It takes a great political leader to make the case for smart policy on migration - drawing on evidence and rational argument while addressing real vulnerabilities and fears, says U.N. Specia
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CAR: 'To live and study in Bangui is a type of torture' | Central African Republic | Al Jazeera

CAR: 'To live and study in Bangui is a type of torture' | Central African Republic | Al Jazeera | Regional News | Scoop.it
Years of conflict have devastated CAR's educational facilities, severely impacting prospects for the country's youth.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Anxiety as Nigerian doctors leave country in droves

SPECIAL REPORT: Anxiety as Nigerian doctors leave country in droves | Regional News | Scoop.it
“Nigeria should brace itself to losing more of its doctors," an emigrant doctor says.
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She fled Liberia’s civil war 24 years ago. Now Trump wants her to go back | US news | The Guardian

She fled Liberia’s civil war 24 years ago. Now Trump wants her to go back | US news | The Guardian | Regional News | Scoop.it
Donald Trump announced last Tuesday plans to end DED status for Liberian immigrants, leaving families to worry – and fight to stay
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Mali: Al-Hassan devant la CPI. Et les autres? - RFI

Mali: Al-Hassan devant la CPI. Et les autres? - RFI | Regional News | Scoop.it
Al-Hassan a été remis samedi dernier à la CPI par Bamako. Il avait été arrêté par Barkhane en avril 2017 et emprisonné dans un lieu tenu secret. En 2016,
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Migrants africains en Israël : le revirement de Nétanyahou

Migrants africains en Israël : le revirement de Nétanyahou | Regional News | Scoop.it
Le premier ministre israélien a renoncé lundi soir à un accord avec l’ONU annoncé dans la journée. Des milliers de personnes devaient être expulsées vers l’Europe ou le Canada.
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« Les enfants “microbes” sont un signe de l’apartheid économique qui s’installe en Côte d’Ivoire »

« Les enfants “microbes” sont un signe de l’apartheid économique qui s’installe en Côte d’Ivoire » | Regional News | Scoop.it
Pour le sociologue Francis Akindès, les violences des enfants des rues témoignent de la mondialisation accélérée que connaît Abidjan.
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Que vont devenir les 38 000 migrants africains en Israël ?

Que vont devenir les 38 000 migrants africains en Israël ? | Regional News | Scoop.it
A partir du 1er avril, l’Etat d’Israël a donné un choix aux 38 000 migrants africains présents sur son territoire : partir vers le Rwanda ou l’Ouganda avec 3 500 dollars en poche ou aller en prison.
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Libyan returnees stuck in desert say no going back | Reuters

Libyan returnees stuck in desert say no going back | Reuters | Regional News | Scoop.it
The wind whips up sand storms in Garart al-Gatef. Snakes and scorpions lurk amongst the desert scrub.
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Sierra Leone opposition says wins presidential poll, ruling party disputes | Reuters

Sierra Leone opposition says wins presidential poll, ruling party disputes | Reuters | Regional News | Scoop.it
The opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) said on Monday its candidate Julius Maada Bio had won a presidential run-off election according to its own compilation of results, while the ruling party said it held a "comfortable lead".
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A Reply to Pragmatists on Mediterranean Migration: Be More — Refugees Deeply

A Reply to Pragmatists on Mediterranean Migration: Be More — Refugees Deeply | Regional News | Scoop.it
In response to a recent proposal on how Italy can combine effective migration control with human rights, policy expert Giulia Lagana argues that the plan lacks the very political realism that i
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The Potential and Practice of Data Collaboratives for Migration

The Potential and Practice of Data Collaboratives for Migration | Regional News | Scoop.it
How private data sources, when leveraged responsibly and collaboratively, can provide insights for addressing the challenges and opportunities of migration.
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Gambia’s Migration Paradox: The Horror and Promise of the Back — Refugees Deeply

Gambia’s Migration Paradox: The Horror and Promise of the Back — Refugees Deeply | Regional News | Scoop.it
Since democracy returned to The Gambia last year, many Gambians are coming home, including from Libya with E.U. aid. Some returnees are warning others against the journey, but many are frustrate
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Africans in Israel voice concern over new resettlement plan | News | Al Jazeera

Africans in Israel voice concern over new resettlement plan | News | Al Jazeera | Regional News | Scoop.it
African asylum seekers say the new plan will bring no real change for those who are to stay in Israel.
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Sierra Leone opposition claims presidential election victory | News | Al Jazeera

Sierra Leone opposition claims presidential election victory | News | Al Jazeera | Regional News | Scoop.it
Sierra Leone People's Party says Julius Maada Bio won the elections, according to its own tallying of results.
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The logo that shows if your Easter eggs were made by child labour | Life and style | The Guardian

The logo that shows if your Easter eggs were made by child labour | Life and style | The Guardian | Regional News | Scoop.it
Nearly 70% of world’s cocoa comes from Ivory Coast and Ghana where there are millions of child labourers
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Gambia accuses ex-president's supporters of sheltering rebels | World news | The Guardian

Gambia accuses ex-president's supporters of sheltering rebels | World news | The Guardian | Regional News | Scoop.it
Government says supporters of Yahya Jammeh are attempting to destabilise west African country
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Mali: les startupeuses s'organisent

Mali: les startupeuses s'organisent | Regional News | Scoop.it
On peut être femme, Africaine, entrepreneuse et férue de nouvelles technologies. La preuve au Mali, où les initiative
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« Le président Macron met enfin l’aide au développement au service des pays les plus pauvres »

« Le président Macron met enfin l’aide au développement au service des pays les plus pauvres » | Regional News | Scoop.it
Dans une tribune au « Monde », Olivier Lafourcade et Serge Michailof se félicitent de la décision de Paris de favoriser les dons directs aux Etats.
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Au Nigeria, au moins 18 morts dans une attaque de Boko Haram à Maiduguri

Au Nigeria, au moins 18 morts dans une attaque de Boko Haram à Maiduguri | Regional News | Scoop.it
Les djihadistes ont tenté de pénétrer dans la capitale de l’Etat du Borno en attaquant une base militaire à l’entrée de la ville.
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Mali war crimes suspect in custody: International Criminal Court | Reuters

Mali war crimes suspect in custody: International Criminal Court | Reuters | Regional News | Scoop.it
The International Criminal Court on Saturday said it has taken into custody at its detention center in the Netherlands a Malian man accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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Nigeria to probe alleged Cambridge Analytica involvement in elections: presidency | Reuters

Nigeria to probe alleged Cambridge Analytica involvement in elections: presidency | Reuters | Regional News | Scoop.it
Nigeria's government will investigate allegations of improper involvement by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in the country's 2007 and 2015 elections, a presidency spokesman said on Monday.
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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 15 in Nigeria's Maiduguri | Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 15 in Nigeria's Maiduguri | Reuters | Regional News | Scoop.it
A Boko Haram attack in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed at least 15 people and wounded 83, a military spokesman said on Monday, in the biggest strike since the government said it was in talks with the Islamist militant group.
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A dream deferred: Mariam can finally become a teacher | Global Partnership for Education

A dream deferred: Mariam can finally become a teacher | Global Partnership for Education | Regional News | Scoop.it
In Focus: Gender Equality In Mauritania, Mariam Mohamed Vall put her dream of becoming a teacher on hold to take care of her family. Now she is not only realizing her dream but getting the training she needs to help turn the tide on poor learning outcomes in Mauritania
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