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Attack on Afghan female politician highlights growing risk to women

The shooting of a female Afghan politician on Monday demonstrates the fragility of the modest gains made by Afghan women after the fall of the Taleban, Amnesty International said on Thursday.


The virginity industry

Young Arab women wait in an upmarket medical clinic for an operation that will not only change their lives, but quite possibly save it. Yet the operation is a matter of choice and not necessity. It costs about 2,000 euros (£1,700) and carries very little risk.


Arrest the Pope: New Atheist Effort to Seek Justice in Sexual Abuse Crisis Should Be Applauded

In response to Richard Dawkins’ and Christopher Hitchens’ attempt to arrest the Pope for complicity in the sexual abuse crisis, Frances Kissling argues that the Church only responds to external pressure anyway. What does it matter where it comes from?


Gita Sahgal's dispute with Amnesty International puts human rights group in the dock

The champion of womens' rights has accused it of losing its moral compass over its association with Moazzam Begg


'Soft law' and hard choices: a conversation with Gita Sahgal

A conversation exploring the challenges posed by the international conjuncture following the “war on terror” for gender justice and women’s rights. Part one


Activists slam CIJD’s personal status draft law

AMMAN - Women activists on Tuesday criticised a new version of the personal status draft law prepared by the Chief Islamic Justice Department (CIJD), describing it as a step backward for women in Jordan.


The Politics of UN Human Rights Council and Iran's Candidacy

The Islamic Republic of Iran, in a provocative act, has announced its candidacy for the United Nation Human Rights Council, a UN organization based in Geneva. The candidacy of Iran comes at a time that during the last 10 months, Iranians are experiencing one of the darkest periods of human rights violations since 1979 revolution.


The religious lobby and women’s rights

None of the main political party manifestos tackle the encroachment of religion on our society. As more and more public spaces are devoured by religious interests creating particular problems for women, Rahila Gupta argues that it is time to end state funding of religion and faith based organisations as service providers.


Globalizing Rights, Hope and Struggle: The World March of Women

FRIDAY FILE: An interview with Wilhelmina Trout of the World March of Women, a movement formed to put an end to social, political and economic injustice against women.


Beijing +15

Follow the discussions and debates that took place at Beijing + 15 with AWID and partners' daily coverage!



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