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News items on women's rights from around the world

Photo Journalist and Women’s Rights Activist Missing in Iran

LONDON: Maryam Majd, photo journalist and women rights activist is feared to have been held by Iranian security officials before boarding a flight from Tehran to Düsseldorf, Germany, where she intended to cover the Fifa Women’s World Cup.


International Widows' Day

In December 2010, the General Assembly declared 23 June as International Widow’s Day (A/RES/65/189). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2011, to observe International Widows’ Day on 23 June each year, and called upon Member States, the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, within their respective mandates, to give special attention to the situation of widows and their children.


South Africa tables historic resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity

On 9 June 2011, South Africa tabled an historic resolution for consideration by the Human Rights Council (the Council) entitled 'Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity'. If adopted at the end of this session, it will be the first Council resolution to focus on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Syria: Free Amina

Update: 14 June 2011. On June 12, an apology appeared on the blog Gay Girl in Damascus from a man in Istanbul, Turkey who claims to be the author of the site. While the narrative voice may have been fictional, the facts on the blog were not misleading as to the situation on the ground. At least 11,000 Syrians are currently being detained; 900 have been "disappeared" and more than 1300 peaceful protesters of besieged cities have been killed by security forces. Avaaz will continue to support their peaceful struggle for a democratic nation that respects the rights of all citizens.


Press Release: LGBT Christians want Pope Benedict XVI to defend their human rights

Today the European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking for true respect of the human rights and the personal integrity of LGBT people. 


CDD-El Salvador Receives First Rosemary Radford Ruether Award for Prochoice Catholicism

On Saturday, June 4, members of El Salvador’s Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD - Catholics for the Right to Decide) came to Washington, DC, to receive the Rosemary Radford Ruether award for prochoice Catholicism.


A Conversation With Saudi Women's Rights Campaigner Wajeha al-Huwaider

Wajeha al-Huwaider is perhaps the best-known Saudi campaigner for women’s rights, human rights and democracy. She has protested energetically against the kingdom’s lack of formal laws (the Koran is it) and basic freedoms and in particular against the guardianship system, under which every female, from birth to death, needs the permission of a male relative to make decisions in all important areas of life—education, travel, marriage, employment, finances, even surgery.


Arab women activists: Military, fundamentalists undermine rights during democratic transition

AMMAN, Jordan — Women from around the Arab world are saying at a forum in the Jordanian capital that powerful militaries and religious fundamentalists pose the biggest threats to the region's nascent women's rights movement.


Britain asks Iran to investigate death of women's rights activist Haleh Sahabi

Britain has called on Iran to launch an immediate investigation into the death of Haleh Sahabi, the daughter of a veteran Iranian dissident who died during scuffles with security forces at her father's funeral on Wednesday.


Protest over 'virginity tests' on Tahrir Square women

Egyptian activists will hold an online protest on Wednesday to press the military leadership to investigate soldiers who abused pro-democracy demonstrators, including women who were detained and forced to take "virginity tests". 



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