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"Truth Needs Witnesses": The Murder of Saïd Mekbel

This article, originally posted by 50.50 Open Democracy on December 3rd, 2014, pays tribute to Algerian journalist Said Mekbel who was assassinated 20 years ago in Algiers.


Ugandan Gay Rights Activist 'in Intensive Care' after Brutal Attack

This article, originally published by Pink News on November 29th, 2014, discusses the case of a prominent Ugandan gay rights activist who has been brutally beaten by a homophobic mob.


Book Launch: The Unbidden Pain

The Unbidden Pain is a personal narrative on community responsibility. It takes the reader through a captivating account of an age-old tradition in Africa that carried the risk of death, to an emerging culture where global attention has been secured and the threat of excision of the most sensitive part of the female anatomy is on the path to eradication.


Signs Special Issue: Pleasure and Danger - Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society invites submissions for a special issue titled "Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century," slated for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue.


Laws Penalizing Blasphemy, Apostasy and Defamation of Religion are Widespread

This article, originally posted by Pew Research on November 21st, 2014, discusses how several recent incidents have drawn international attention to laws and policies prohibiting blasphemy – remarks or actions considered to be contemptuous of God or the divine.


Pakistan: Christian Woman Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy, Files Appeal

This article, originally published by The Guardian on November 24th, 2014, discusses the case of a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy who has filed an appeal in the country’s top court , her final legal recourse after being found guilty of insulting the prophet Muhammad four years ago.


With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching upward. Younger females are also being subject to the procedure — cutting of their genitalia — starting at infancy.



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