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The April 2010 attack on women at Hassi Messaoud in south Algeria: What really happened?

FRIDAY FILE: In April 2010, criminal attacks took place for several weeks against the women of Hassi Messaoud, mostly migrants workers in the economic industries and structures. These attacks led to international protest and an intervention by the United Nations Special Rapporteurs.

In order to understand what truly happened and why, AWID interviewed Dalila Iamarene Djerbal, a member of Réseau Wassila, a group of associations and professionals that have been combating violence against women and children for ten years in Algeria. Réseau Wassila is very active on this story and participates in the support committee for women of Hassi Messaoud.


Urgent Alert: Iranian Activist Shiva Nazar Ahari Faces Trial Amidst Recent Unjust Sentences, Executions

Shiva Nazar Ahari, a young Iranian human rights activist who has been imprisoned since December 2009, is scheduled for trial this Sunday, May 23.


"Women in Focus" at Film Festival

The First International Women and Film Festival for Gender Equity drew enthusiastic audiences this month in the Argentine capital, where movies from nearly 40 countries were screened.


Gender Equity Progress Blocked by Hard-Core "Machismo"

More than 60 percent of Chileans surveyed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are opposed to full equality between women and men, according to a new national report released by the agency on Friday.


How Canada’s Christian right was built

From Stephen Harper's refusal to fund abortion as part of his G8 initiative to the outcry that forced the cancellation of Ontario's sex ed curriculum, the religious right is making its growing muscle felt on the political landscape.


Hamid Karzai is failing Afghan women

Afghanistan's president doesn't seem to understand that without the inclusion of women there will be no lasting peace


Archbishop of Vienna accuses one of Pope’s closest aides of abuse cover-up

Vienna- Open warfare broke out in the Vatican over the clerical sex abuse scandal at the weekend as Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, accused one of Pope Benedict XVI’s closest aides of covering up past scandals.


Women talk sharia law in film

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, is well-known for its moderate brand of Islam. Islamist hard-liners rarely gain sympathy or support from the majority of Indonesian Muslims. However, in recent years, as a result of a policy to decentralize power in the nation, more than half of Indonesia’s provinces have enacted sharia-based laws


Belgium’s burqa ban opens a racial pandora’s box

BRUSSELS—For its backers, Belgium’s proposed ban on full-faced coverings is a bold step for public security and women’s rights, one they say would liberate Muslims from the “walking prison” of their burqas.


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.



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