Africa in Fact
Editorial: The burden of being female

Editorial: The burden of being female

This edition of Africa in Fact focuses on Africa’s girls, 308 million of them under the age of 18, far too many of whom find themselves at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to accessing health, education, and the...

A vicious cycle of injustice

A vicious cycle of injustice

While people trafficking is a global phenomenon that affects virtually every part of the world, it is endemic in Africa, with Africans making up an estimated 9.2 million victims. Of these victims, the majority are...

Child marriages – Until death

Child marriages – Until death

Child marriages are a tradition that has existed globally across social classes, religions, and cultures. Historically, European royalty used child marriages as a strategy to secure political alliances, and in sacred...

Ending FGM: The road to 2030

Ending FGM: The road to 2030

At 17, Ifrah Ahmed arrived in Dublin, Ireland in 2006, escaping war in Somalia. To support her asylum application, she had to undergo a medical check-up, which included a Pap smear. The medical personnel were shocked...

Reproductive health: knowledge is power

Reproductive health: knowledge is power

What do young people in Africa find acceptable when it comes to health and social interventions? This should be a key question of interest for policymakers, intervention developers, and service providers concerned with...

The daily grind of dangerous work

The daily grind of dangerous work

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported, with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), that in 2020, 160 million children were subjected to child labour globally. Child labour remains a critical...