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Nigeria: World powers join hunt for schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram

Nigeria: World powers join hunt for schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram

May 08, – World powers, including the United States and China, said Wednesday they would join in the hunt for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists who also killed hundreds in northeastern Nigeria this week. As shock reverberated over the mass abduction of the teenagers, the United States and France said they […]

May 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Thousands in Tehran protest breaches of Iran’s female dress code

Thousands in Tehran protest breaches of Iran’s female dress code

May 07, – Thousands of religious hardliners protested in Tehran Wednesday against what they said was the flouting of Iran’s conservative female dress code, media reports said. Under Islamic law in practice since the 1979 revolution, “hijab” — which requires women to cover their hair and much of their body in loose clothing to prevent […]

May 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Saudi Scholars say forced marriages are ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘a major injustice.’

Saudi Scholars say forced marriages are ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘a major injustice.’

Apr 30, – The top religious authority in Saudi Arabia has banned the practice of forcing women to marry against their will. Mohammed al-Suhali, director of the Islamic studies center at Umm Al-Qura university and member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said such marriages are rejected both religiously and socially. In an […]

April 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Backlash begins in Saudi Arabia: Four women accused of beating up husbands

Backlash begins in Saudi Arabia: Four women accused of beating up husbands

Apr 22, – The Saudi National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) is currently considering cases against four women accused of beating their husbands, newspaper reported on Monday quoting the society’s chairman Mufleh al-Qahtani. He said the four women could face penalties under abuse protection laws including imprisonment or heavy fines. Qahtani told a workshop that was […]

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Report: Most sexual assaults against Egypt women ‘goes unpunished’

Report: Most sexual assaults against Egypt women ‘goes unpunished’

Apr 16, – Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women’s participation in the political transition of their country, said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights. Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where […]

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France launches new Initiative to tackle sexual assault in military

France launches new Initiative to tackle sexual assault in military

Apr 15, – France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world’s highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn’t done is work to prevent sexual assault and harassment once they get there. That is about to change. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Tuesday presented a […]

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Moroccan Women Stage March in Rabat Demanding Gender Equality

Moroccan Women Stage March in Rabat Demanding Gender Equality

Apr 14, –  group Moroccans, mostly women, staged a march in the capital Rabat on Sunday demanding that a constitutional guarantee of gender equality be applied in the kingdom. The march from the city centre to parliament was led by the Civil Coalition for the Application of Article 19, which is reportedly made up of […]

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Change in gender roles; Women trailblazers join Palestinian commando unit

Change in gender roles; Women trailblazers join Palestinian commando unit

Apr 07, – Some gender barriers have fallen, with a few women assuming posts as mayors, judges and Cabinet ministers or starting their own businesses. At the same time, unemployment is on the rise, and families are more open to women entering non-traditional jobs if it means another paycheck. Palestinian women in combat fatigues and […]

April 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
2 Tunisia policemen get 7-year prison sentences for rape

2 Tunisia policemen get 7-year prison sentences for rape

Apr 01, – Two Tunisian police officers were convicted of raping a young woman and sentenced to seven years in prison in a case that drew widespread protests after the victim was initially accused of immoral behaviour. A third officer received a two-year sentence for extorting money from the woman’s fiance. The officers came upon […]

April 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Saudi women plan to campaign in new push for ‘right to drive’

Saudi women plan to campaign in new push for ‘right to drive’

Mar 27, – In the six months since Saudi activists renewed calls to defy the kingdom’s ban on female drivers, small numbers of women have gotten behind the wheel almost daily in what has become the country’s longest such campaign. Organizers are calling on more women to join in on Saturday, when President Barack Obama […]

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