Report on Human Rights Situation to the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Commission

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Report on the human rights situation in East and Horn of Africa region, presented at the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held between the 10th and the 24th of November 2010, in Banjul, The Gambia.

 

 

 

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Esther Tawiah

In Ghana, Esther Tawiah is one of the loudest voices for women empowerment and gender. It is also why she is one of the most loathed. Born and raised in New-Tafo in the country’s eastern region, Esther grew up surrounded by a culture that frowned at the idea of women participating in public affairs, and witnessed firsthand, the backlash those who dared to challenge that cultural norm faced.

“I grew up in a society where ageism and sexism were so entrenched. As a young person, you weren’t supposed to give your opinion on public issues, especially if you were a woman. Women who dared to speak up were caricatured and branded as frustrated, unmarriageable prostitutes, all designed to shut them up,” she says.

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