Author Archives: Hope To Heal

WATCH: President addresses nation on measures to contain coronavirus

The president’s latest address since the coronavirus pandemic hit SA follows the launch of the lockdown last Thursday at midnight. Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: SUPPLIED President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation about the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The televised address will be Ramaphosa’s first speech since SA went […]

How one of Harvey Weinstein’s first accusers is fighting back and empowering others

(CNN)Model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, one of the first women to accuse former producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, is working with a group to try to protect other models from similar situations and violations they may encounter in their work.”Models have to feel safer and understand that they are in a position of power when they speak right […]

Teen pregnancy report distorted: DoE spokesperson

JOHANNESBURG – A weekend newspaper report on teenage pregnancy is filled with distorted statistics, according to the Department of Education. Education spokesperson Steve Mabona responded to a report stating over 3,000 Gauteng pupils between 10 and 15 years old were impregnated in 2019, in some cases by their educators. Mabona said the numbers in the […]

Duchess of Cornwall delivers powerful speech on domestic abuse

The Duchess of Cornwall delivered a powerful speech as she spoke out against the “heinous” problem of domestic abuse at the Women of the World Festival on Friday. Camilla, 72, who is president of the organisation, addessed the ‘corrosive’ effect that the issue can have, saying: “I find it almost impossible to think that any friend of mine […]

Voluntary Organ Donation or Shady Harvesting Scheme?

A woman from northern China shares a tragic story of how doctors promised to help her ill husband, but she was lured into agreeing to donate his organs instead. by Wang Gong Regulation on Human Organ Transplantation, adopted in 2007 by the State Council – China’s chief administrative authority – stipulates that, “The donation of […]

More than 600 Pakistani girls ‘sold as brides’ to China

At least 629 girls and women sold to Chinese men in a period of two years, AP reports quoting Pakistani investigators. More than 600 poor Pakistani girls and women were sold as brides to Chinese men over a period of nearly two years, according to investigations by authorities in the South Asian nation of 200 million people. A list […]

The Syrian women and girls sold into sexual slavery in Lebanon

Syria’s refugee crisis has shone a light on sex trafficking in Lebanon, where victims are often treated as criminals. by Daniela Sala Beirut, Lebanon – “How do I know most of the women working as prostitutes are controlled?” asked Paul, a volunteer for the Jesuits, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, before answering his own […]

“This is a victory”: sexual-assault survivors react to the Weinstein verdict

He may have been convicted of two crimes, but it isn’t really enough. by Danielle Campoamor  VIA ISTOCK On Monday, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual activity in the first degree. But he was also acquitted on the most serious accusations levied against him—predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, both […]