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News items on women's rights from around the world

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


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.


Canada: Parliament Panel Fails Indigenous Women

A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or a comprehensive national action plan on the violence, and made no recommendations to address accountability for police misconduct.


A Testament to Courage On International Women's Day - Women on the Front Line in Pakistan

Front Line Defenders celebrates International Women's Day by paying tribute to SAWERA, a women's rights NGO working to empower and protect women in the conservative tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. SAWERA is the recipient of the 2014 Front Line Defenders Award which was accepted by Ms Noorzia Afridi, in Dublin yesterday, in memory of her murdered sister Farida.


Protection of human rights at heart of United Nations, says UN Geneva on 25th year

United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Noting that more and more people around the world are taking to the streets to lay claim to their rights, United Nations officials opened the latest session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today with calls for the protection of members of civil society who pursue justice in their countries.


Egypt: Hala Shukrallah succeeds ElBaradei as head of Constitution Party

The 59 year old has become the first woman and Copt to serve as the president of a major political party


Human rights defender and pro-democracy activist Zainab Al-Kawaja has been released from prison

Bahraini human rights defender and pro-democracy activist Zainab Al-Kawaja, imprisoned on a variety of concurrent charges since February 2013, was released from prison Sunday. 


Somalia: Women Shouldn’t Live in Fear of Rape

Somalia’s new cabinet should urgently adopt meaningful reforms to confront rampant sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Over the past year, women and girls endured high levels of rape and sexual abuse, including by government soldiers, in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.


South Africa’s Law to Stop Hate Crimes Against Gays

“Every day I live in fear that I will be raped,” said Thembela*, one of thousands of lesbians across South Africa being terrorised by the scourge of “corrective rape”. 


Safak Pavey: Turkey's 'immoral woman' and the fight to wear trousers

Safak Pavey is the first disabled woman to be elected to Turkey's parliament. But the opposition MP finds the country's obsession with women's bodies frustrating.



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