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Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women

 Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.


Charlie Hebdo: "There is no way they will make us put down our pens."

This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 8th, 2014, discusses how many people of Muslim heritage are combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.


Russia: Impunity for Anti-LGBT Violence

Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence. Growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been attacked and harassed across Russia in the lead-up and aftermath of the adoption of the federal anti-LGBT “propaganda” law in June 2013. The law effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people and cast them as second-class citizens.


The Libyan Youth Movement: Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow

AWID recently spoke with Ayat Mneina, co-founder of the Libyan Youth Movement, on the evolving civil war in Libya following the uprising, and subsequent fall of Gaddafi.


From Iguala to Ferguson to New York: The Power of Resistance

In solidarity with our partners who make transformative change a reality everyday


Northern Ireland's Incomplete Peace: Young Feminists Speak Out

This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 5th, 2015, discusses how a new generation of feminists is emerging to challenge the traditional rigidity of Northern Irish politics. 


Women's rights around the globe: behind the data

What issues are covered, data sources, key areas such as abortion rights and education, and challenges for the future 


Why progress in women's rights has been compromised

Women's status may have been transformed, but misdirected resources and incorrect strategies make this difficult to sustain


Under Isis, Iraqi women again face an old nightmare: violence and repression

The militants are using rape and brutality to control women who have not stopped mobilising since the US occupation



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