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.
Femicides, defined as the gender-motivated killing of women, are prevalent in Mexico and the femicide rate has more than doubled in the past five years. Campaigners are fearful that troubling rates of violence could increase during the coronavirus lockdown, which has seen measures extended until at least the end of May.
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.
The army has been accused sexism after regiments referred to sewing sets carried by soldiers as “housewife kits”. Acknowledging the term was “outdated”, the Ministry of Defence said that it no longer has a place in the armed forces.