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News items on women's rights from around the world

India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the "third gender" status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.


Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'. 


Tulkarem Women give Testimonies about Impact of the Apartheid Wall and Nearby Israeli Factories

Testimonies by women of Tulkarem living in the vicinity of the Separation Wall and the Israeli chemical factory Geshori, built on confiscated Palestinian land, describe the health, environmental, and socio-economic damage that they suffer.


130 organizations join forces at UN to confront Egypt's human rights crisis

As Egypt looks ahead to another presidential election, the situation of human rights in the country continues to deteriorate and the promises of social justice made after the 2011 revolution remain unfulfilled. Against this worrying backdrop, a large coalition of some 130 organizations is taking the government to task at the United Nations.


UN to measure women's rights progress over past 20 years

New York commission will seek to build on 1994 action plan and incorporate its key principles into future development targets


Afghanistan elections unlikely to prove a boon for women, warns activist

Former judge Najla Ayubi raises doubts about commitment to gender equality among most fancied presidential contenders


China's detained human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui transferred to hospital

On 29 March 2014, it was reported that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui had been transferred to a Beijing hospital nearly a month after being detained on 1 March 2014. The reason or the time of her transfer to Beijing Public Security Hospital from Fengtai District Detention Centre is unclear. 


Long time coming, and still long way to go: Inside Lebanon's new domestic violence law

Rights activists claim that several amendments to the long-awaited law addressing domestic violence in Lebanon undermine the victory of Tuesday’s passage of the law by Parliament.


Syria : Launch of the Website

A new website,, was launched in March 2014 by a group of international human rights groups including Amnesty International, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, FIDH, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, hopes to shed light on the plight of Syrian civil society activists including human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers who have been targeted for their work or peaceful activism.



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