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Landmark Trials Begin in Namibia

Three initial cases against the government of Namibia have begun in the capital, Windhoek. The cases have been brought by HIV positive women who claim that they were sterilized in government hospitals without their consent. The women are suing the Ministry of Health and social services for what they term as a violation of their human rights and discrimination based on their health status.

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Vanguard TV documentary: Missionaries of Hate

Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

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Port-au-Prince Earthquake: Responses must address Gender

FRIDAY FILE: The impact of natural disasters is gendered and therefore responses to these disasters must be gender responsive. Six months after the earthquake in Haiti MADRE's Yifat Susskind spoke with AWID about the gendered impact of the earthquake, and described what a gender responsive approach to addressing the crisis would look like.

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Burqa Ban May Prove Counter-Productive

France is likely to have a law banning the burqa by autumn of this year, but human rights groups say that such legislation would be discriminatory, counter-productive and also difficult to enforce.

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People’s Voices on Climate Change: “Global Governance is not Working”

FRIDAY FILE: The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (“the people’s summit”) was held from April 19 to 22, 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. More than 35,000 delegates representing civil society organizations and social movements from 140 countries participated.

AWID spoke with Ana Agostino, coordinator of the Feminist Task Force of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) about the conference, the Climate Justice Tribunals, and the next UN Summit on Climate Change in Mexico later this year.

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Saints Preserve Us and Find Us a Non-Catholic Hospital

I was born at a St. Joseph's hospital in New England, but brought up in a Protestant home. As a young girl I remember being told to be sure never to make the mistake of having a baby in a Catholic hospital, because they would let the woman die in order to save the baby. Even all those years ago I could not make sense of a religion that claims to be pro-life, yet would not protect the life of a living woman, someone's mother, someone's daughter, someone's beloved partner.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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