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News items on women's rights from around the world

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.


Forced sterilization and impunity in Peru

Between 1995-2000, 300,000 women in Peru, mostly poor indigenous peasants who did not speak Spanish, were forcibly sterilized by the Fujimori government. The Peruvian feminist movement has been trying to bring Fujimori and his officials to trial for this crime against humanity ever since. Last month the case was thrown out for a second time.


Big gains made on women's health, but access still unequal, says UN

UNFPA report lauds progress on health in past 20 years, but condemns ongoing violence and discrimination against women


Demanding public transportation in Saudi Arabia, women drive home a point

With more women joining the Kingdom’s labor market, female Saudi employees are demanding public transportation to get them to and from work. Public transport, many say, will be more affordable and safe for women working late.


Despite Risks, Sochi Athletes Determined To Protest Russian Antigay Law

Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has promised not to mince her words when she denounces Russia's recently enacted antigay law during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. 


Cameroon - Homophobic Climate Maintained by State Inaction: Support and Protection Needed for the Defenders of the Rights of LGBTI People

Paris–Geneva, February 3, 2014. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and OMCT, outlines the preliminary conclusions of a mission conducted in Cameroon from January 7 to 16, 2014 on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people’s rights defenders.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Failure to Protect LGBTI Festival "Merlinka" in Sarajevo

Amnesty International regrets the attack against the international queer film festival “Merlinka” that took place on Saturday 1 February, at cinema Kriterion in central Sarajevo. 


Côte d’Ivoire: Activists in hiding after wave of homophobic attacks

Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire must urgently investigate the unprecedented wave of homophobic attacks in Abidjan, which has forced many HIV workers to go into hiding, Amnesty International said.


New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

Small change to criminal code has huge consequences in country where 'honour' killings and forced marriage are rife



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