Live chat: addressing violence against female aid workers

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Feb 12 2013, 10:40:51

With One Billion Rising campaign and the Commission on Women, the development community will be focusing on violence against women - but what about the safety of the professionals themselves? Join the debate, Thursday 14 Feb

As campaigners around the world ready themselves for the launch of the One Billion Rising movement on Thursday, recent violent incidents in Pakistan and northern Nigeria have lefty us wondering: is enough being done to protect the women at the frontline?

Why women? With only one week to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and three days to prevent HIV, Aisha Bain at International Rescue Committee explains that women and girls face "increased risks and specific needs".

Further unpicking the relevance for the development community, and referring specifically to the shootings in northern Nigeria, Ana Lukatela, programme specialist with UN Women's peace and security section writes: "These murdered women played a critical role in these UN-sponsored polio vaccination drives. In conservative societies where ordinary women often lack freedom of mobility, it is female health workers that play a desperately needed role in bridging the gap between the private space of the home and the public arena of basic service provision.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Sudan:   Dialogue Boycott 'Larger Than Expected' (news)
Radio Dabanga
12 October 2015

In addition to the absence of the majority of the opposition parties and rebel forces, no heads of states or other prominent foreign functionaries attended the launch of the National Dialogue in ... [read more]

Nigeria:   Chibok Girls Alive - Escapee Girl Reveals (news)
10 October 2015

There were indications weekend that many of the 200 girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok abducted in April 2014, are alive and holed up in the Lake Chad region of the North-East epicentre ... [read more]

Malawi:   Many Feared Dead in Boat Accident (news)
Nyasa Times
12 October 2015

Eleven people, including children, are missing in Nsanje after a boat they were sailing in hit the river bank at Port-Shire and capsized Monday morning, according to a report by Malawi News Agency ... [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!

Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...