Gender Equality and the Rise of Ázě in Benin

Introduction Ázě, or Beninois “women’s magic”, has seen a rise in acceptance over the first decade of the century. While previously viewed as “unequivocally evil” (Falen:38), the divide between àzě  and bô (men’s magic) has broken down over recent years, and many Beninois people speak openly about the use of àzě, when it was previously […]

Unsafe Abortion

What is Unsafe Abortion?    Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organization as a pregnancy terminated either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both (Preventing, 2015). WHO estimates that there are 22 million unsafe abortions every year, 98% of which occur […]