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News items on women's rights from around the world

Program targets human trafficking of aboriginal women, girls in Canada

Our Circle To Protect Sacred Lives aims to stop trafficking of First Nations women, girls

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Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda : Strong position of the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

The position adopted by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders directly echoes the concerns and recommendations formulated by FIDH over the adoption of this drastic legislation.

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Panel Urges Leaders to Fulfill Promise of Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Call for a focus on the human rights of women and young people, including sexual and reproductive health and rights

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Sun Shines on Forest Women

Chintapakka Jambulamma, 34, looks admiringly at a solar dryer. It’s the prized possession of the Advitalli Tribal Women’s Co-operative Society- a collective of women entrepreneurs that she leads.

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Turkish Women's Groups Gird for Abortion Rights Battle

Women rights groups demonstrated in Istanbul earlier this month in support of abortion rights, accusing state institutions of complying with a government campaign to systematically curtail the practice.

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Niger's "remarkable" progress in reducing child deaths

Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth and low government capacity are still impeding progress, say partners and health practitioners.

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Iraq: Ja'fari law takes the Iraqi government's violation of women's rights to a new level

Marriage at age nine, legalising marital rape – this bill breaches UN conventions and is degrading for Iraqi men and women alike.

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Anti-Gay Law Will be Overturned Say Uganda’s Campaigners

Human rights campaigners who filed a recent legal petition against Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law believe that they have a compelling case for its nullification.  

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Egypt launches first prosecution for female genital mutilation after girl dies

Dr Raslan Fadl and father of the 13-year-old girl who died during cutting are the first to be prosecuted in Egypt for practice of FGM

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12% Women’s Share in the Mehleb’s Government Violation of the Constitution

Egyptian women took part in great numbers in the Revolution of 25 January 2011 and its course correction on 30 June 2013.  In fact, Egyptian women have been the mainstay of the political arena over previous years, braving the politically motivated abuse directed at them, such as the sexual harassment of female political activists and of all those who demand a woman’s right to freedom, to express herself and to call for the downfall of Fascist regimes.

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