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Does Religion Instigate Or Hinder Women’s Political Participation?

A review of history shows that "God" has been a dominant factor in whether or not women participate in politics. Separation of church and state is a myth in many countries in the world, and, in the minds and hearts of many, an undesirable goal. In some places, devotion and faith catalyze women to take up a cause, political or otherwise. In other places, the "powers that be" invoke interpretations of holy books to prohibit women's political participation - and relegate women to their homes and household duties. So, does religion ultimately instigate or hinder women's political participation?

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Around the world The III Brazilian Human Rights Program: a last chapter?

On May 13th, 2010, President Lula finally signed a new decree altering the text of III National Program for Human Rights (PNDH3), in response to the voices that have contested original contents considered by them to be controversial: decriminalization of abortion, the prohibition of religious symbols display in public buildings, social accountability of media, procedures regarding the mediation of agrarian conflicts and also the revision of human rights violations during the military dictatorship in Brazil.

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Rights Group Condemns Secret Executions

NEW YORK, May 14, 2010 (IPS) - Iran's nuclear ambitions and the bloody disturbances following its elections last year have so dominated media reporting on the country that many equally critical issues have been virtually forgotten.

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Notorious U.S. Hate Site Gets Kenyan Look-Alike

A Kenyan Web site exposing pro-choice and LGBT activists to intimidation tactics claims to be homegrown. But it has the hallmarks of a notorious U.S. site for anti-choice extremists and is registered in Georgia.

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Mary Glasspool, First Openly Gay Female Bishop, Ordained By Episcopal Church

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again – only this time with a woman.

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Young Feminist Wire: Young Feminist Activism Online

FRIDAY FILE: AWID's Young Feminist Activism Program recently launched the Young Feminist Wire an online community for and about young feminists around the globe.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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