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Dowry: Which Way Forward?

Dowry, which is extensively practiced in Africa, is a payment made by the groom to the family of the bride while seeking her hands in marriage. In the Southern part of Africa, it is called “lobola.” While it is known as, “Mahari” or “wine-carrying” in the East and West Africa respectively. Dowry is not limited to Africa; it is practised globally. While some have argued that dowry is part of our tradition, handed over to us by our forefathers; therefore, according to this group, we must keep the tradition. Others believe that traditions…

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are once again reminded that despite widespread condemnation and growing efforts to eliminate it, abhorrent acts of violence continue to be a reality for countless women and girls throughout the world. Particularly vulnerable in times of conflict, women and girls are too often the victims of egregious sexual crimes. Moreover, while the horrors and suffering of war are felt by entire communities, prevailing inequalities exacerbate these consequences…

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