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Nigerians seethe at the government’s failure to rescue abducted schoolgirls

Goodluck Jonathan’s response to the Boko Haram crisis has been to hire an American PR firm. Nigerians abroad and at home are shaking their heads in disbelief


One Step Forward, One Step Back: The Fight for Transgender Rights in Latin America

Recently, the highest court in Italy allowed a couple to remain legally married after one had sex reassignment surgery. In a surreal twist, the Catholic Church recognizes the couple as still married also, because it does not recognize gender reassignment. While it is hard to call this confluence the best of all possible worlds, it might be for now. The rights and freedoms of transgendered persons in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, are decidedly less clear.


HIV: a call for solidarity with the transgender community

With the prevalence of HIV 50 times higher than that of the general population, societal acceptance and family support are crucial to the emotional wellbeing and health outcomes of LGBT people. Cecilia Chung tells her own story and calls for transgender sisterhood at the AIDS 2014 Conference


This is what the victims of flight 17 did for AIDS research

AIDS researchers, activists and advocates en route to the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia are among those believed to have perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday 17 July 2014.


Women's voices on the Gaza war

On 8 July 2014, Israeli commenced bombarding Gaza from land, sea and air. Four women describe living under these circumstances.


Turkey struggles with femicide as domestic violence mounts

On a single day -- July 2 -- three women were murdered by their husband in Turkey. The following day, a young woman was killed by her 16-year-old brother. Since then, there have been several murders of women by their husband or a close male relative. The Turkish government continuously fails to tackle the issue, and instead tries to defend itself from any responsibility or blame. This week, Sunday's Zaman spoke with several representatives from women's organizations in İstanbul and discussed the many facets of the nationwide femicide (killing of women).


Little help for CAR rape survivors

The presence of armed groups and continued fighting causing displacement across the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to an escalation of insecurity leaving women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage and extreme violence, including rape.


11 Years of the Maputo Protocol: Women’s Progress and Challenges

Eleven years ago, African states made formidable progress by jointly adopting the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa, also known as the Maputo Protocol - regarded as one of the most progressive women’s and human rights instruments in the world. 


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): The African Agenda

“When we allow sexual and reproductive health to include rights, as Africans we are accepting to be influenced by western culture that of accepting persons with different sexual orientations which is not in line with our African culture”. African Leader. 

These were the sentiments of an African leader negotiating on behalf of Africans at the global level at the Commission on Status of Women 58th Session in March 2014. It has been four months ever since the Agreed Conclusions were adopted and these sentiments are stuck in my head and I wonder when was SRHR narrowed down to promotion of persons with different sexual orientation (LGBTI). 


The Effects of Israeli Occupation, Ilegal Settlements and the Separation Wall on Palestinian Women's Livelihoods

The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) held its fourth Exhibition, entitled “Palestinian Handmade Products by Women” on June 15th and 16th, 2014, along with the Women’s Local Shadow Councils established by  the organization, in the Protestant Hall in Ramallah. The products displayed for sale included hand-made chocolates, cross-stitched dresses, jewelry, and olives. 



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