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News items on women's rights from around the world

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.

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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.

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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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New paper issued on using financial data to fight human trafficking

A new paper on how to recognise and fight human trafficking using financial data was issued on Friday by the Manhattan District Attorney, Thomson Reuters Foundation and some of the world’s leading financial institutions, according to a statement by the group.

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Women Farmers in Chile to Teach the Region Agroecology

An organisation that brings together some 10,000 peasant and indigenous women from Chile is launching an agroecology institute for women campesinos, or small farmers, in South America.

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Fashion Backward: Cambodian Government Silences Garment Workers

“Cambodian garment workers have two handcuffs and one weapon [against them]. One handcuff is a short-term contract [10 hours a day, six days a week]. Even if they get sick, if they get pregnant they feel they have to get an abortion so they don’t lose their jobs.

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China's one-child policy to change in the new year

On The Chinese government formalised its decision to amend authoritarian laws banning families from having more than one child, potentially creating an unprecedented baby boom in the world's most populated country.

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Spanish Socialists Plan Summit against Abortion Restriction

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) announced on 26 December 2013 the preparation of a European Conference against a proposal to restrict abortion, while the United Left Party called for mobilizations against the project.

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Russia: Freed Pussy Riot members say prison was time of 'endless humiliations'

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say they want acquittal from Vladimir Putin, not amnesty

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New Video Shows Purported 'Honor Beating' Of Kyrgyz Migrant Woman

Honor beatings are not a term usually associated with Internet videos. But the genre continues to creep onto the web with clips purportedly showing Kyrgyz migrant women in Russia being beaten by their male compatriots for allegedly shaming their nation.

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