Extreme hunger and a scarcity of water are impacting 14 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - with women routinely bearing the burden of having to hunt down food and water during droughts. ActionAid, a leading NGO, warned this can result in women making lengthy trips through war-ravaged regions where they are more likely to be subjected to violence.
Refuge, which is the UK’s largest provider of shelters for domestic abuse victims, found 1,780 women seeking help – more than a third of the total – had faced economic abuse from their partner, including being denied access to money or a bank account, as well as having debt placed in their name. On average, the mistreatment lasted more than six years.