Weekly Highlight of WPS on the Continent from 14th to 18th June 2021

Cameroon Deploy Troops to Fight Separatist

The Cameroonian government deployed an additional 300 troops to Bui which is termed by the government as the stronghold for separatist movements. Government forces are conducting house-to-house searches for guns, explosives as well as members of the separatist movement. Citizens have accused government forces and separatist forces of human rights violations.

Further Details:  https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroon-deploys-troops-fight-separatists

Displaced People in Burkina Faso Denied a Voice

The current situation in Burkina Faso has left thousands displaced inside the country. Reports have surfaced that the Ministry of Women and National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action has turned down official requests to visit camps of displaced people. These reports also detailed unfavorable experiences of female IDPs who are constantly at risk of sexual abuse in the camps. Reports have shown that internally Displaced People in the country do not get any form of support from the government

Further Details: https://www.voanews.com/press-freedom/media-blocked-burkina-fasos-displaced-denied-voice-journalists-say

Forced Displacement on the rise Globally

The United Nations Refugee Agency released its 2020 Global Trend Report. In the report, the number of forced displacements as a result of war, violence, human rights abuses, and political prosecution has hit a record high of 82.4 million which is 4% higher than 2019. In the report, 26.4 million were refugees who had crossed into other countries in search of protection with most of these being internally displaced.  The report states that displacement has doubled over the last 10 years.  With the figures doubling, this will take a significant toll on more women considering that women suffer more in times like this.

Further Details: https://www.voanews.com/africa/un-forced-displacement-conflicts-soaring-despite-pandemic

Famine Rises Globally

The World Food Program has stated that millions of people mainly in Africa are on the brink of farming as a result of conflict, climate issues, and economic downturn due to the pandemic. The agency has estimated that more than 270 million people mostly in Africa and the Middle East are going through food insecurity which is leading to starvation while the number of people at risk of farming has risen from 34 million to 41 million people.

Further Details: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/famine-stalks-millions-acute-hunger-rises-globally

Child Marriage in Mozambique

COVID 19 has heightened the risk of child marriage in Africa affected by economic challenges and limited, access to basic services. Mozambique has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world hindering young girls from getting their basic right to education, increases their vulnerability to domestic abuse, violence and endangers their health.

Further Details: https://www.voanews.com/africa/facing-unwanted-marriage-mozambique-14-year-old-flees

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