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Decriminalising Homosexuality in India

Article by Geetanjali Misra published in latest issue of Reproductive Health Matters on 'Crimialisation' November 2009 | Volume 17, No. 34

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'Gender, Religion and the Quest for Justice in Pakistan' Final Research Report

'Gender, Religion and the Quest for Justice in Pakistan' Final Research Report prepared for the project Religion, Politics and Gender Equality of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) September 2009 by Farida Shaheed

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Beyond Buzz: How Google's New Experiment Endangered Women

Although men are still the leaders in using new technology, women online are a rapidly growing segment, according to Pew Research. But the gap is a wide one, and will remain so as long as social media experiments like Google Buzz are mismanaged.

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Global Petition to Amnesty International: Restoring the Integrity of Human Rights

As organisations and individuals who stand for and support the universality of human rights, we have noted with concern the suspension of Gita Sahgal, Head of the Gender Unit at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, for questioning Amnesty International’s partnership with individuals whose politics towards the Taliban are ambiguous.

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Q&A: Creating Momentum for Women's Participation

Paula Fray interviews Anne-Marie Goetz, UNIFEM chief advisor for Governance, Peace and Security

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Stress, quarrels and neglect: the 'normal' polygamous family

A large-scale study currently underway across Malaysia uncovers proof that polygamy harms everyone involved: from emotionally scarred children, to wives who think they’d be better off as single-parent households, and even husbands who admit “I wouldn’t recommend it for my son; it’s quite stressful.” Masjaliza Hamzah and Norami Othman,

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AFGHANISTAN - ANY AGREEMENT WITH TALIBAN MUST INCLUDE WOMEN'S RIGHTS - UN CEDAW COMMITTEE

GENEVA (5 February 2010) - The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women said Friday that “any agreement reached with the Taliban in Afghanistan should include a clear commitment to respect and protect women’s human rights.” The Committee urged the Afghan government and its international allies “to ensure that women representatives are included in the upcoming peace and development dialogues and negotiations with the Taliban,”

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LGBT Rights Gain a Foothold in Mongolia

In December 2009, after a three-year struggle, the LGBT community in Mongolia won legal recognition for the very first and only LGBT Centre there. Robyn Garner, the centre’s Executive Director, speaks about the discrimination faced by LGBT people, challenges and lessons learned from the campaign and the implications for other LGBT struggles worldwide.

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Saudi women revel in online lives

By Caryle Murphy

Internet gives Saudi women a rare outlet for social interaction.

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Pakistan: Mental Illness among Women: Gender-Driven?

No sooner does a visitor step into the facility than a surreal scene unfolds: The sound of laughter, the sight of ready smiles and vigorous, pumping handshakes mix with the acrid odor of an unwashed human body and the unbearable stench of neglect that in turn combines with the heavy smell of medicine.

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