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News items on women's rights from around the world

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).  


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


Zambia: Over 100 Groups Join Together in Call for President to Halt NGO law

On 31 October 2013, a joint letter was presented to the President of Zambia Michael Chilufya Sata calling for him to bring an end to plans to implement the 2009 NGO act. The letter has been endorsed by 112 civil society organizations based in over 46 countries; including Front Line Defenders.


Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy

The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.


Indigenous women in Latin America remain invisible to society, warns UN

Urgent action needed to close 'unacceptable gaps' in access to work and education across Latin America and Caribbean


New U.N. Report Links Adolescent Pregnancy to Human Rights Failures, Calls on States to Address Range of Contributing Issues

The Center for Reproductive Rights commended the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today for linking adolescent pregnancy to an underlying failure to fulfill young women’s human rights in its new flagship report, The State of World Population 2013.


Landmark Arab Regional Training on Women, Peace and Security held in Jordan

Karama, a regional organization working to end violence against women, held a landmark regional training on women, peace and security, in partnership with the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality and the UNDP, in order to identify priorities in transitional processes and ensure women’s inclusion in building peace and sustaining stability throughout the Arab region.


Despite Gains, Pakistan's Transgender Community Under Attack

Zeba, a transgender rights activist in Pakistan who was born with both male and female sex organs, was resting at home in the Imamia Colony neighborhood of Peshawar when the front door was suddenly kicked open. 


United Nations: Women Living in War-Torn Countries Need Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services

Acknowledging the devastating impact of sexual violence, particularly when it is used as a weapon of war on women, this week two United Nations bodies—the UN Security Council and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee)—took action to reaffirm the rights to comprehensive reproductive health services for women living in conflict settings.


Saudi Arabian women vow to keep up campaign against driving ban

Another woman posts video online of herself behind the wheel, a day after dozens defied police to demonstrate for right to drive



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