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News items on women's rights from around the world

Syria : Launch of the Website

A new website,, was launched in March 2014 by a group of international human rights groups including Amnesty International, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, FIDH, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, hopes to shed light on the plight of Syrian civil society activists including human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers who have been targeted for their work or peaceful activism.


Kenyan women want justice over post-election sexual violence

Kenya's director of public prosecutions has failed to investigate atrocities. That's why rape survivors have decided to sue


A Call for Universal Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

Lawmakers and civil society leaders from over 30 countries are calling for universal access to safe, legal abortion. 


Mozambique: New law keeps old leniency for rapists who wed victims

Women’s rights activists in Mozambique are opposing proposed legislation that includes an old law essentially giving rapists impunity if they marry their victims, even if it results in forced early marriage.


Program targets human trafficking of aboriginal women, girls in Canada

Our Circle To Protect Sacred Lives aims to stop trafficking of First Nations women, girls


Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda : Strong position of the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

The position adopted by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders directly echoes the concerns and recommendations formulated by FIDH over the adoption of this drastic legislation.


Panel Urges Leaders to Fulfill Promise of Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Call for a focus on the human rights of women and young people, including sexual and reproductive health and rights


Sun Shines on Forest Women

Chintapakka Jambulamma, 34, looks admiringly at a solar dryer. It’s the prized possession of the Advitalli Tribal Women’s Co-operative Society- a collective of women entrepreneurs that she leads.


Turkish Women's Groups Gird for Abortion Rights Battle

Women rights groups demonstrated in Istanbul earlier this month in support of abortion rights, accusing state institutions of complying with a government campaign to systematically curtail the practice.


Niger's "remarkable" progress in reducing child deaths

Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth and low government capacity are still impeding progress, say partners and health practitioners.



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