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Planned Rally Could Inflame Intolerance Against Ugandan LGBTI Community

On May 2, The Call, a U.S. evangelical ministry led by Lou Engle, together with its Ugandan affiliate, will host a religious gathering at a stadium in Uganda's capital Kampala. Among other things, the event aims to rally participants around anti-gay sentiments by urging them to "fight vices eating away at our society", and specifically mentions homosexuality as a societal evil.


Canada's abortion stance worries world aid groups

Oda’s reassurances that policy of refusing to fund procedures applies only to G8 initiative fails to reassure. International aid organizations are raising fears that a landmark effort to reduce childbirth and infant deaths in poor countries could get bogged down by abortion politics in Canada.


Control and Coercion: The Threats to Abortion Rights in Mexico

Sometimes the struggle for the reproductive justice and the dignity and freedom of women and girls takes on especially compelling and tragic dimensions. This is one of them.


Jessica Yee: Unleashing Youth Voice and Agency

FRIDAY FILE: The list of descriptors for 24-year old Jessica Yee is long but fitting: Two Spirit, Indigenous, hip-hop feminist and reproductive justice freedom fighter from the Mohawk nation with roots in the Canada-U.S. border region and residence in both countries. She speaks with AWID about sexual and reproductive justice for Native and aboriginal youth.


Iran, Gender Discrimination, and the UN's Women's Commission

The Iranian regime must have a real sense of humor. In a year when their human rights abuses reached ever lower depths with an exponential rise in political prisoners, prison rapes, torture and executions, the regime tried to get a prime spot on the UN Human Rights Council. Their bid failed. But the jokers had another trick up their sleeves.


Harsh War, Harsh Peace: Abuses by al-Shabaab, the Transitional Federal Government, and AMISOM in Somalia

This 62-page report finds that al-Shabaab forces have brought greater stability to many areas in southern Somalia, but at a high cost for the local population - especially women.


Making the International Monetary Fund Accountable to Human Rights

On April 24th and 25th, the International Monetary Fund, together with the World Bank, will meet in Washington, D.C. to assess their work, their policies, and their future role in the world economy.


Tajik Girls Lose Out on Schooling

Financial pressures add to commonly-held view that girls need education less than boys. By Nafisa Pisaredjeva in Dushanbe


What's the Point of the Revolution if We Can't Dance

Jane Barry and Jelena Dordevic met with activists around the world to discuss the culture of the women’s movement and uncovered a disturbing trend: We’re deeply unsettled in our work, and it’s affecting our progress. It’s time to change that.


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.



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