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News items on women's rights from around the world

HRW: Women's rights declining in Afghanistan

Human Rights Watch report says women's rights in Afghanistan declined during 2013 as the world loses interest in the country.


Women Lead to Peace: Q & A on the Prospects for Peace and Women's Human Rights in Syria

For nearly three years, we have been watching Syria—first with hope and then with a growing sense of horror—as peaceful calls for freedom degenerated into a protracted war.


While immediate humanitarian needs must be met, rights group urges inclusive representation and resource equity as lasting solutions to South Sudan’s ethnic tensions

As warring parties discuss reconciliation to end the fighting in South Sudan that has displaced an estimated 230,000 people and claimed at least a thousand lives, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is urging all sides to ensure access for aid agencies to affected communities.


French MPs debate new equality law

Legislation covers issues including media portrayal of women, child beauty pageants, wage equality, and abortion rights


Gay Russian protester detained at Olympic torch relay for unfurling rainbow flag

A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 910 kilometres north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.


Syrian women demand voice at peace talks

A proper democracy cannot be established without the participation of women. Such is the message of Syrian women’s rights activists who concluded a two-day conference in Geneva on Monday to demand equal involvement in their country’s peace-building process, which has so far mostly included men.


Nigerian President Signs Anti-gay Bill into Law

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked international condemnation, his spokesman said on Monday.


Plan International warns of child trafficking in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

A UK-based children's charity has asked the Philippines to investigate the suspected recruitment of child workers for sex trafficking in a region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan.


To Lower Maternal Deaths, India Urged to Reconsider Role of Midwives

In this village 30 miles south of Kolkata, three generations of women have depended on Saira Bewa to deliver their babies.


Women’s rights group demands release of jailed award-winning Ethiopian journalist

A global women’s rights and advocacy group, Safe World for Women, has put up an online petition for the immediate release of jailed award-winning Ethiopian journalist with breast tumour, Reeyot Alemu.



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