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News items on women's rights from around the world

Activists Arrested in Cairo at March Against Protest Ban

Dozens of Egyptians opposed to a new law banning unsanctioned street protests were arrested on Saturday in Cairo, activists said, after the police prevented a small march against the law from reaching the presidential palace.


Global Summit Falls Short on Concrete Commitment to End Sexual Violence

Members of The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict express their disappointment that the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence, hosted by the UK government, ended with few tangible results that will make an immediate impact on the ground.


Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women's Rights Groups Mobilize

In the past few days, militants have seized control of cities across northern Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents’ rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war as they move south towards Baghdad. The approach of this armed offensive is escalating sectarian tensions and the threat of violence even in areas beyond insurgents’ control.


Sexual Violence in Conflict Survivors Launch Global Advocacy & Support Network

Survivors United for Action, the first global network of its kind, aims to connect and support survivors and lobby policy-makers.


In Rwanda, treating complications from unsafe abortion drains scarce health resources

Greater Investment in Contraception Needed to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy


Despite tougher laws, India can't shake rape culture

Despite tougher laws against sexual violence, the grisly rape and murder of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree shows India has a long way to go to safeguard women in its male-dominated, socially stratified culture, critics say.


Russia: Life Sentences For Politkovskaya's Convicted Killers

A court in Moscow has sentenced to life in prison two of the five men convicted in the 2006 murder of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 


Egypt: Seven arrested for sexually assaulting student during Tahrir celebrations

Video shows police escorting naked and bloodied woman from square while tens of thousands celebrated Sisi's inauguration.


The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative Awarded the International Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) expresses its immense gratitude for having been awarded the International Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.


Denmark becomes the first European country to allow legal change of gender without clinical diagnosis

Today the Danish parliamentarians passed a law which removes a number of obstacles for legal gender recognition. Denmark is now the first country in Europe where a requirement for ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis or any psychological assessment/opinion is not necessary for a person to legally obtain their preferred gender.



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