Day: September 11, 2019

Sexual violence in South Africa: ‘I was raped, now I fear for my daughters’

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Sarah Midgley

South Africans have been outraged by a spate of gruesome rapes and murders of women in recent weeks – including that of a schoolgirl who reportedly had her head staved in, and a university student who was bludgeoned to death.
The rapes and murders have led to street protests, the #AmINext campaign on Twitter, and an online petition signed by more than 500,000 to demand the reinstatement of the death penalty in a nation battling to curb high levels of crime.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised a series of measures to tackle the crisis – including making public a register of offenders, increasing the number of “dedicated sexual offences courts”, and harsher sentences.
Photographer Sarah Midgley, a 37-year-old mother of two who lives in the main city Johannesburg, is still recovering from the trauma of being raped almost a decade ago.
She told BBC Africa Women's Affairs reporter Esther Akello Ogola about her ordeal.

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Le ministre de la Culture félicite Baaba Maal pour son titre d'”Ambassadeur de l’ONU contre la désertification”

Dakar, 11 sept (APS) – Le ministre de la Culture et de la Communication a adressé ses félicitations à Baaba Maal pour son titre d' “ambassadeur de l'ONU contre la désertification”, relevant la “capacité” de l'artiste à “contribuer à la réalisation d'une des missions les plus importantes et exaltantes pour la réalisation des Objectifs du Développement Durable (ODD)”.