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News items on women's rights from around the world

Tunisia: Landmark Action on Women’s Rights

First in Region to Lift Key Restrictions on International Treaty

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Senegalese law bans raped 10-year-old from aborting twins

Efforts of human rights campaigners thwarted by Napoleonic law allowing abortion only in life-or-death circumstances

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Chile to reconsider abortion ban

Debate to start in July to repeal Augusto Pinochet's 1989 legislation and allow termination when a woman's life is at risk

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Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls taken as brides by militants, relatives told

Relatives say they have been told of mass weddings involving insurgents and some of the girls abducted two weeks ago

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President Uhuru Kenyatta signs Kenya polygamy law

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial marriage bill legalising polygamy. It brings civil law, where a man was only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners.

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Guatemalan Girls Tell Own Story in Film '¡PODER!'

With its online premiere on 11 April 2014, this docu-drama handed the reins over to two young women to tell how they challenged their local mayor to increase girls' access to health care and education. This different way of filmmaking ended up being an empowering process itself.

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Egypt: Keeping Women Out – Sexual violence in the public sphere

New report published on 16 April 2014 by FIDH, Nazra for Feminist Studies, New Women Foundation and the Uprising of Women in the Arab World.

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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.

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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'. 

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