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News items on women's rights from around the world

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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Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK

Asylum claim of Ugandan lesbian attacked by three men in her home country has been refused by UK immigration authority

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Incarcerated Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: "I Object to these Sentences, With or Without a License to Practice the Law"

Feminist School: At the request of the judicial authorities, Nasrin Sotoudeh was summoned from Evin prison today May 29th, 2011 to attend a court hearing at the Iranian Bar Association concerning the revocation of her license to practice the law. According to reports received by the Feminist School, however, her court hearing was rescheduled.

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Iran: UPDATE - Maryam Bahreman interrogated over attendance at 55th session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 

Women's rights defender Maryam Bahreman who was arrested on 11th May 2011 in Shiraz has been subjected to an interrogation about her human rights activities and in particular her recent attendance at the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York in March of this year.The judicial procedure against her will start only after the interrogation has finished.

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Hungarian government’s moves against abortion overshadow International Day of Action for Women’s Health

Saturday 28 May marks International Day of Action for Women’s Health, an occasion to remind decision-makers that women’s health is a fundamental human right and should be protected by all means. This year, however, developments in Hungary predicating a denial of women’s basic sexual and reproductive rights have cast a long shadow over the celebrations of European organisations working to protect women’s health and promote gender equality, including the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN).

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Egypt: May 25, the commemoration of "black Wednesday"

(Cairo, May 25, 2011) The revolution of the 25th of January, 2011 was not born out of the moment, but was the result of a long struggle of all political and civil forces in Egypt. Women participated in all phases of this struggle and bore serious risks to confront the former regime and its security armory. This year, the 25th of May comes after the great revolution in which women participated to its success. Today marks the day in which women paid the price on the day of the referendum to amend article 76 of the constitution in 2005.

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Young women fight the 'Talibanisation' of rural Pakistan

Eight years ago, a brave 16-year-old girl in Peshawar set up an organisation to challenge the culture of violence that was reinforcing the oppression of women

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Saudi Arabia: A Woman Challenges the Law by Driving in Jeddah

Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. One Saudi woman recently claimed that right when she drove her children to school in Jeddah. Netizens debate the move, with many applauding the woman, Najla Hariri, for her heroic feat.

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Uganda Update: IGLHRC Welcomes Closing of Ugandan Parliament Without Vote on Anti-Homosexuality Bill

(New York, 13 May 2011) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission joins colleagues in Uganda in welcoming today's closing of the current Ugandan Parliament without adoption of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The news comes after a week in which the possibility of the notorious Bill's adoption loomed large. The proposed legislation has existed as a threat for nearly two years and activists in Uganda and internationally have once again had to spend already limited resources pressuring and educating lawmakers on the perils of the Bill's passage.

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

IDAHO special message - May 17th around the world. 

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