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Afghanistan: Afghan Women -- Towards Bonn and Beyond

AFGHAN WOMEN NETWORK’S POSITION PAPER

AFGHAN WOMEN: TOWARDS BONN AND BEYOND

POSITION PAPER 06 OCTOBER 2011

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France: Satirical magazine petrol bombed after caricature of Prophet Mohammed

A petrol bomb attack burned down the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hébdo yesterday after it put the Prophet Mohammed on its front page and named him "guest editor".

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Afghanistan: Bonn summit could "legitimize the Taliban," warns Afghan women's rights activist

GENEVA, Oct. 27 – Afghan women’s rights hero Dr. Massouda Jalal visited UN Watch headquarters today as part of a Europe-wide campaign to warn the international community not to legitimize the Taliban at an upcoming December summit in Bonn of 90 governments on the future of Afghanistan.

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Russia: Bareheaded women in ads targeted in Muslim Chechnya

GROZNY, Russia | Wed Nov 2, 2011 11:47am EDT(Reuters)

Several businesses in Russia's Chechnya region were ordered this week to cover up the bare heads of women in their advertisements, in what a local government source said was the latest assertion of Muslim customs by the authorities.

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Freedom of research and treatment around the world. Take the survey!

Help complete the survey aiming to gather data that will be added to the existing database monitoring the freedom of research and treatment around the world. 

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Argentina: As Legislators Consider Changes to the Abortion Law, New Poll Proves Argentineans Support Access to Abortion and Reject the Influence of Catholic Bishops

For Immediate Release
28 October 2011 

Buenos Aires, Argentina – As a parliamentary committee in Argentina prepares to discuss liberalizing the abortion law at a hearing on November 1, a new poll released today reveals that most Argentineans are in favor of the components of legislative attempts to reform the abortion law. 

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Please Take My Hand: Stepping into the Reality of Victims of Non-State Actor Torture

Webster’s dictionary may define culture as “the behaviours and beliefs characteristic to a particular group” however, our position is that there exists one dominant culture—a patriarchal misogynistic one. How the patriarchal misogynistic beliefs and behaviours are uniquely moulded, these can be defined as specific to the culture of a particular group. When stepping into the reality of women and girls who suffer many forms of non-state torture (NST) the destruction patriarchal misogyny has on them becomes apparent.

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Scrape her Head and Lay Her Bare – Widowhood Practices and Culture

Oh Death, where is thy sting? For the widow, a woman who has just been bereaved of her husband, death stings, strips her bare and exposes her to humiliating physical and psychological violence; often in the name of culture, usually by those who should console her and support her in her time of bereavement.

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Child Marriage: Ukuthwala in South Africa

During the summer of 2011, I travelled to South Africa in attempt to examine the apparent overlapping ideas of universal human rights and respect for cultural diversity, through a form of female child abduction that leads to marriage. This tradition is called ‘ukuthwala’, and is practiced primarily in rural parts of South Africa, in particular the Eastern Cape and Kwala Zulu-Natal provinces.

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The Making of a Secular Democracy: Law, Marriage and Empirical Irrelevancy in Israel and Lebanon

On any given weekend, Israeli and Lebanese citizens can be found standing together in an orderly line before a Cypriot magistrate. 

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