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News items on women's rights from around the world

Typhoon Haiyan: UK aid delivery must assess risk of violence against women

UK government pledges £21.6m in crises to prioritise needs of women and girls and ensure protection from sexual violence.


A Shortage of ARVs and a Surplus of Stigma in Côte d’Ivoire

At the Cocody-Anono community health centre, south-east of the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bertine Bahi* regularly attends awareness sessions on Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) for women living with HIV.


Cairo Women Bring Men Back on the Rails

Nihal Saad Zaghloul is an Egyptian woman in her late twenties. Like other young women, she faces the daily risk of sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo. But Egypt’s revolution made her realise that people can unite and that she can make a difference.


Honduras: Smears Put Activists at Risk

(New York) – Honduran government officials should publicly repudiate recent criticism of two leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch said today. 


Pakistani Ban Of Malala Book In Dispute

An official representing some 10,000 private schools in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province is distancing his association from efforts to ban a book by teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai. 


Iran Law Could Allow Adults to Marry their Adopted Children

Iran's vice president for women's issues and family affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, says she is planning to take action against a newly passed law that allows adult caregivers to marry their adopted children or stepchildren. 


Draft UN General Assembly Resolution on WHRDs under attack

As we speak, a resolution is being negotiated at the General Assembly in New York on the protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs).  


Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating

Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality


Zambia: Over 100 Groups Join Together in Call for President to Halt NGO law

On 31 October 2013, a joint letter was presented to the President of Zambia Michael Chilufya Sata calling for him to bring an end to plans to implement the 2009 NGO act. The letter has been endorsed by 112 civil society organizations based in over 46 countries; including Front Line Defenders.


Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy

The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.



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