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Yemeni Child Brides Start Revolution Against Forced Marriage

Right now, Yemen is dealing with a really scary problem: hoards of pissed off teen and pre-teen girls. And no, it isn't because Justin Bieber canceled his Middle East tour. These young women are serious about demanding divorces from their forced marriages. What began with one 10-year-old bride's brave trek to the courthouse to get a judge to release her from a marriage has turned into a cultural revolution. And it's proving the power of girls to demand justice for themselves.


Girls saved from forced marriage

It has emerged that two girls living in Northern Ireland have been made the subject of a court order to stop them being forced into marriage in Pakistan.


The Christian Right: Wrong on AIDS

The last decade has seen huge funding increases for the international fight against HIV. Increased funding has effectively reduced deaths from AIDS. But despite this progress, approaches to preventing HIV based in belief, not fact, remain and continue to hamper HIV prevention. Policies promoted by Christian right groups from the U.S. have been detrimental on two fronts: They limit the use of proven and effective prevention methods, and they oppose the human rights of women and gay people worldwide. Anti-gay bias and stigma help drive the epidemic both in the U.S. and internationally. Christian right groups fuel existing stigma to achieve their ideological goals. The U.S. Christian right emboldens anti-gay local leaders with their backing. They give them the credibility to oppress gay people and other groups at high risk for HIV.


In Uganda, Push to Curb Gays Draws U.S. Guest

KAMPALA, Uganda — As storm clouds brewed in the near distance, about 1,300 people gathered at the grassy Makerere University sports grounds here for a special Sunday afternoon rally and prayer service that, its organizers said, was to discuss homosexuality, witchcraft, corruption and the fear of violence leading up to the country’s presidential election next year.


Kenya: Women's Rights and Constitution - Challenging 'Men of Faith'

What gives a church in which celibacy is equated with holiness, in which males have all the undemocratic power, the right to a place at the table where laws are made about women's bodies?


Progressive male Muslim preachers: oxymoron or reality?

In their rush to find suitable allies to help control 'extremism', states as well as non-governmental organisations are often overlooking ordinary, individual male preachers who are taking a stand despite the risks it entails.


Law creates women's fund to purchase land in Nicaragua: Rural Women celebrate their victory

Grassroots women leaders from Cooperative of Women's Rural Producers Las Brumas, member of the Huairou Commission and GROOTS International, celebrate with much joy one of their many victories on their work to empower women in their country.


Japan sinks (even) lower on gender discrimination report

The gender gap yawns wide, despite Japan's female astronaut and new antidiscrimination laws. The World Economic Forum recently downgraded Japan three spots to 101st place on its latest gender discrimination report.


Forced sterilisation: a western issue too

Women's right to motherhood – under attack in America as well as China – is a neglected side of the reproductive justice issue


Danger and Determination in Papua New Guinea

FRIDAY FILE: Women in Papua New Guinea’s Simbu province are fighting to end endemic violence and invoking human rights to bring instigators to justice.



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