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News items on women's rights from around the world

IACHR acknowledges recent steps taken by several OAS Member States to further equality for LGBTI persons

In parallel to troubling information on the levels of discrimination and violence perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in the hemisphere, the IACHR received promising news about the progress made in the furtherance of equality for LGBTI persons in the Americas, during the months of August, September and October of 2013. 

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Driving Home the Link Between Gender and Climate Change

Tuesday was Gender Day at the COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, and many of the events that took place in the National Stadium focused on the topic of gender and its relation with climate change, and tried to shed a light on problems that require action from policy-makers.

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Typhoon Haiyan: UK aid delivery must assess risk of violence against women

UK government pledges £21.6m in crises to prioritise needs of women and girls and ensure protection from sexual violence.

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A Shortage of ARVs and a Surplus of Stigma in Côte d’Ivoire

At the Cocody-Anono community health centre, south-east of the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bertine Bahi* regularly attends awareness sessions on Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) for women living with HIV.

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Cairo Women Bring Men Back on the Rails

Nihal Saad Zaghloul is an Egyptian woman in her late twenties. Like other young women, she faces the daily risk of sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo. But Egypt’s revolution made her realise that people can unite and that she can make a difference.

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Honduras: Smears Put Activists at Risk

(New York) – Honduran government officials should publicly repudiate recent criticism of two leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch said today. 

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Pakistani Ban Of Malala Book In Dispute

An official representing some 10,000 private schools in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province is distancing his association from efforts to ban a book by teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai. 

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Iran Law Could Allow Adults to Marry their Adopted Children

Iran's vice president for women's issues and family affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, says she is planning to take action against a newly passed law that allows adult caregivers to marry their adopted children or stepchildren. 

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Draft UN General Assembly Resolution on WHRDs under attack

As we speak, a resolution is being negotiated at the General Assembly in New York on the protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs).  

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Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating

Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality

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