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Brazilian Law Seeks to Establish "Extensive Rights" For Fertilized Eggs, Including "Child Support"

Human rights organizations are calling on Brazil's Congress to reject a bill that, if passed into law, would confer extensive rights to fertilized ova. The measure would give the rights of the fertilized ovum "absolute priority" under Brazilian law. In other words, absolute priority over women lives, health, and rights to be protected as living, breathing human beings.


Ottawa ignored its own advice on abortion, documents show

OTTAWA—The Harper government turned its back on advice from its own civil servants when it excluded abortion funding in its G8 maternal- and child-health initiative, The Canadian Press has learned.


Is Ottawa leaving women behind?

When Senator Nancy Ruth warned women’s groups to “shut the f--k up” or face reprisals from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, she was referring to his refusal to include abortion rights in his G8 maternal health initiative. But she might also have been referring to groups right here at home that have received government grants to advocate for women’s equality.


Homophobia in Africa is not a single story

African homophobia does not exist, nor does European homophobia, Asian homophobia or South American homophobia. Acts of homophobia occur in each of these spaces. We must question the idea that homophobia in Africa is unique. And we must understand homophobic acts within their specific local histories as these intersect with broader global histories.


Defending Afghan women's rights

PROGRESS ON women’s rights in Afghanistan should not fall victim to efforts to engage the Taliban in order to secure peace, the winner of this year’s Front Line award for human rights defenders at risk has warned.


Conflict and Custom in the New World Order : a conversation with Gita Sahgal

"There is a struggle to be had. It is time to challenge the hegemony of the formal human rights movement and its uncritical embrace of identity politics". Gita Sahgal in conversation with Deniz Kandiyoti. Part two.


AWID Condemns Israeli Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) strongly condemns Israel’s violent attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010, which resulted in the killing of at least nine civilians, in addition to the illegal detainment of over 600 peace activists, parliamentarians, journalists, and human rights defenders from over 50 countries.


Council holds debate with new Independent Expert on cultural rights

The new Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights, Ms Farida Shaheed, presented her first report to the Human Rights Council on Monday 31 May 2010.


Nobel Women 's Initiative Condemns Gaza Flotilla Attack

The Nobel Women's Initiative on Monday issued a statement, denouncing the Israeli military attacks on the Free Gaza flotilla in international waters in the morning hours of May 31.


A Nascent Movement: Sex Worker Organising in East Africa

FRIDAY FILE: An interview with Zawadi Nyong’o, an independent feminist social justice consultant, who has done research on sex worker organising in East Africa, and is the author of When I Dare to Be Powerful, a book that tells the herstories of women engaged in sex work.



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