Female journalists in Malawi are demanding life sentences for rapists. Female professionals working in media and communications in the country under the umbrella of the Association of Women in Media (AWOME), staged demonstrations on Tuesday in two different cities -the capital, Lilongwe, and the southern city of Blantyre to protest against growing incidences of rape, particularly of young children.
The women presented a petition at the city council headquarters to the mayor. They said in their petition, that they have come across heart-breaking stories of what numerous women and girls have gone through at the hands of men who behave as if they have no control over their sexual feelings.
Sexual violence against women and girls is a big challenge in Malawi, with official statistics showing that more than 400 cases of sexual violence were reported to the police between April and June 2020.
The women are demanding that punishments for perpetrators of sexual violence be increased- for up to life imprisonment and that sexual abuse cases be tried in the high court.
They added that those who shield sexual offenders must also be pro-actively prosecuted according to the law.
Africa ‘Needs To Get Ready For COVID-19 Vaccine’ – WHO
The World Health Organization is urging countries in Africa to prepare for the arrival of a vaccine as soon as possible. W.H.O warned that African countries are far from ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, whenever one becomes available.
It says only a third of countries on the continent have a health infrastructure capable of conducting mass vaccination campaigns.
WHO also says only half of the countries on the continent have set aside funding and identified priority cases who will receive the vaccine first.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has said vaccinating people will be a big challenge. Africa CDC hopes to vaccinate at least 60% of people on the continent, arguing that this should help achieve herd immunity.
There are now more than 2.1 million cases on the continent – less than 4% of the global total.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Dr John Nkegasong, has said the process might not start until the second quarter of next year.
Until then, people have been urged to rely on the public health measures that have been put in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules
Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.
In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.
But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.
Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election
Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.
Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.
His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.