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News items on women's rights from around the world

Russia and Brazil throw weight behind proposal to rival Western-run institutions, a day before summit in Fortaleza.

The leaders of Brazil and Russia have expressed support for a plan to launch a new development bank and emergency reserves fund, an ambitious challenge to the Western-run multilaterals that shape global finances. 

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Malala meets Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan over abducted girls

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has met Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free at least 200 girls held by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

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Egypt: Hundreds Defy Protest Law In Cairo March For Palestine

Egyptian activists took to the streets of Cairo in defiance of the anti-protest law to express solidarity with the Palestinians as the Israeli attack on Gaza intensified.

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New Medical App Hopes To Help Prosecute Rape In War-Zones

A new smartphone app, currently being tested in the Democratic Republic of Congo, could help doctors in areas of conflict better document the injuries of sexual assault and rape victims in order to prosecute more cases of sexual violence.

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Malala Meets Nigeria's Leader Goodluck Jonathan Over Abducted Girls

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has met Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free at least 200 girls held by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

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Reproductive Rights to Take Centre Stage at U.N. Special Session

As the United Nations continues negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for its post-2015 development agenda, population experts are hoping reproductive health will be given significant recognition in the final line-up of the goals later this year. 

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Human Rights Council: Historic resolution adopted for a legally binding instrument on TNCs

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, through a vote, a historic and significant resolution to start a process for an international legally instrument on transnational corporations.

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Polish Doctors to Deny Legal Abortions, Contraception, IVF for Religious Reasons

Religious fundamentalists along with Polish bishops have made a successful attempt to undermine the foundations of secular healthcare. Consequences may be deadly.

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Young People Strategize toward Post-2015 Agenda at Cross-Regional Meeting

Twenty-one young people from across regions and movements convened in Hong Kong last week to share information and strategize around mutual priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

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El Salvador: State recognizes rights of indigenous peoples

Congress approves constitutional amendment that protects indigenous peoples.

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