Maiduguri, Nigeria—When Boko Haram militants captured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gwoza in August 2014, 45-year-old Amina Mohammed was still reeling from the loss of her husband. He’d died two years earlier, when militants came to forcibly recruit men from the town of 300,000. The violence in Gwoza had been building for years before Boko Haram declared the town its headquarters.
Today marks four years since ISIS launched their genocidal campaign against the Yezidi community in Sinjar. Since the initial attack in August 2014, thousands of Yezidi women and men have been killed, the community has been forced from their homeland and dispersed around the world, and the fate of over 3,000 Yezidi women and girls enslaved by ISIS remains unknown.
Four years on, the genocide continues and Yezidis are still waiting for any measure of justice or accountability.
Maiduguri, Nigeria—When a group of women came to Maryam Muhammad and offered to pay for her trip from Maiduguri in Nigeria to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, she was grateful for their generosity. A single mother of twins, she had no way of supporting her family and had resorted to begging friends and neighbors for money. So she left her children with a friend and accepted their offer. But once in Saudi Arabia, Muhammad was taken to the home of a woman who made her work more than 12 hours a day as a domestic servant.
Over the years, Magistrate Judge Harrison Adika has heard more sexualized violence cases than he can count at courts in Nyeri and Kisumu in central Kenya. But Adika says many defendants facing such charges in his court have walked free for lack of evidence—until recently.
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In Afghanistan, "economic empowerment” is a buzzword of the day, most frequently used by starry-eyed donors and development workers as they implement employment schemes, skill-development programs and community participation initiatives throughout the country, all in the name of gender equality.
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