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News items on women's rights from around the world

Egypt’s Buthayna Kamel Makes History as The First Woman to Run For President

For the first time in the history of Egypt, a woman is running for president.

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Iran's Nobel Laureate Ebadi Warns Of Unrest Among Ethnic Arabs In Iran

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has warned the United Nations of the possible spread of unrest in Iran's Khuzestan Province, home to most of the country's ethnic Arab minority.

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The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights Condemns the Exclusion of Women from Being Appointed as New Governors

(Cairo, April 17, 2011) Changing a number of governors without having any woman among them was disappointing and contradictory to the principles of citizenship, justice and equality - principles which the 25th of January revolution demanded. It was especially disappointing as there was an announcement that for the first time there will be a woman governor. This exclusion occurred after women participated effectively in all phases of the revolution and after they were present side by side with men in Tahrir Square.

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Iranian Journalist Charged Over 'Unauthorized Blog'

Prominent Iranian journalist and human rights activist Zhila Baniyaghoub is facing a new criminal charge based on statements written on her blog, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

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The necessity of considering women's rights an integral part of human rights and setting them on the agenda of the new Council for Human Rights

(Cairo, April 13th, 2011) The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights and the Egyptian Coalition for Civil Education and Women's Participation received the news of the reformation of the National Council for Human Rights with great satisfaction: The appointments were fair, included the most distinguished people of the society in all fields and members with broad experience in the field of human rights

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Tunisia Approved the Equal Membership in the National Constituent Assembly

(Cairo, April 13th, 2011) The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights received the approval of the decree by the large majority of the High Commission which states the parity between men and women in the membership of the National Constituent Assembly with happiness. The decree helps achieving the goals of the revolution and the democratic transition in Tunisia. With this step Tunisia became the first country in the Arab world to do so.

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Pakistan Considers Life Sentence for Acid Attacks on Women

Pakistan's National Assembly is considering a bill that would toughen the punishment for people who commit acid attacks on women, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.

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The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights Condemns the Overuse of Force in Ending Sit-ins

(Cairo, April 10th, 2011) The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights expresses its great concern about the incidents that happened in Tahrir Square on the dawn of Saturday, which according to the Ministry of Health resulted in the death of people and the injuries of 71 persons.

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Women playing critical role in North African democracy movement, UN official says

Women have played a critical role in the pro-democracy protest movements that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East this year, and their rights and leadership potential must continue to be encouraged, the head of the new United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment said today.

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Women´s Rights and the Armed Conflict in Colombia

FRIDAY FILE: “The Colombian armed conflict has been going on for over 50 years and has developed alongside the situation of poverty in the country. Forced displacements, massacres of the Colombian people and other acts violating international humanitarian law are taking place, principally affecting women”.

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