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Justifiable protection or entrenching patriarchy? Pornography and the internet in South Africa

A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to have the best interests of women and children in mind. 


Mexico's Distressed-Migrant Visas Reach Few Women

Central American female migrants seeking a better life in the United States risk huge dangers as they pass through Mexico. Human rights researchers say their chances of getting a humanitarian visa for what they suffer are almost non-existent.


Politics vs Delivery: The G8’s Maternal Health Agenda

G20 countries are asking why rich nations should continue to direct the form and substance of development programmes when many health innovations now originate in the developing world.


Activism, Africa, Mobile Phones and Women

FRIDAY FILE: SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa is a book that interrogates the use of mobile phone telephony for activism in Africa. Do African women utilize this technology for women’s rights advocacy? In an interview with AWID the book’s editor Sokari Ekine gave her perspective.


G20 Summit – What does it mean for women in Africa?

The latest G20 summit was held on 2 April 2009 where 20 of the world’s strongest trade countries came together to discuss global matters of trade and finance.


In Pakistan, Islamic schools for women thrive

Islamabad (AP) -- To its detractors, the Al-Huda chain of Islamic schools across Pakistan is a driver of conservative Islam, especially among the secular elite.


Impoverished Sierra Leonean Rape Victims Coerced Into Settling Out of Court

Women in Sierra Leone have a rough way to go. Since the country's civil war broke out in the early 1990s, women have been particularly vulnerable to rape as a weapon of war.


High Price of “Bad Hejab” in Iran

Morality police back with a vengeance after apparent respite.


Mexico: Extending the Reach of Safe Abortion

By 5:00 AM, dozens of women are already lined up outside of this clinic in the Mexican capital. Most come with their mothers, sisters, husbands, friends or boyfriends. A few show up alone.


Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders in Meso-America Region

The Meeting of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in the Meso-American Region was held from April 23-25, 2010 in Oaxaca, Mexico. Participants discussed strategies to protect WHRDs in the various contexts of their activism. AWID spoke with Marusia López Cruz,* one of the meeting organizers, about the event.



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