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Nora Shourd and Iran Mothers of Prisoners of Conscience

TEHRAN: Outside the prison walls of ward 350, in the IRI – Islamic Republic of Iran’s Evin Prison, a group of brave demonstrators hold placards and pictures of their loved ones who are part of a hunger strike.


Development Cooperation Forum holds some promise for women’s rights advocates

FRIDAY FILE: In late June 2010, the second biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) took place at the UN headquarters in New York. Natalie Raaber and Anne Schoenstein from AWID participated in the DCF and share information and reflections on the meeting and what it means for the relationship between development cooperation and women’s rights going forward.


Iran stoning woman 'confesses'

An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery has reportedly appeared on state television to "confess" her crime.


Decolonising African feminism

Let us focus on African women’s agency, not just their oppression.


Suicides among migrants in Kuwait persist at an alarming rate in June and July

Over the past two months, there have been 23 reported cases of suicide or attempted suicide by migrant workers in Kuwait, meaning that about every 2.5 days a migrant worker commits or attempts suicide in Kuwait. Migrant workers are often driven to suicide by harsh living and working conditions and abuse at the hand of their sponsors.


UPDATE: Iran - Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani still faces death sentence while Brazil makes formal offer of asylum

SKSW and WLUML are still gravely concerned about the fate of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.


Women Challenge Gender Apartheid in the Catholic Church

If ever there were doubt about the relationship between the Catholic Church's spectacular failure to address the clerical child sex abuse crisis and the church's glaring system of gender apartheid, the Vatican put it to rest in July.


USA - Unmasking Fake Clinics: The California Edition of 12th and Delaware

The premiere of HBO’s documentary 12th and Delaware marked the first time a mass audience got an inside look at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” (CPC).


Pat Robertson’s Women Warriors Leading Spiritual Warfare In Zimbabwe

At the Fathers’ House International church in Henderson, Kentucky, Pastor Lisa Bourland is seated on the prayer room floor washing the feet of speakers for that evening’s Women, Weapons of Warfare (WWW) conference.


When adultery means death

Stoning is an abhorrent punishment, meted out in inconsistently and secretively. Will Brazil's Lula shame Iran into ending it?



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