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Partners in Humanity

Two Israeli and Jordanian journalists tell the story no one else will.

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The Global Economic Crisis: What does it mean for Civil Society Organisations?

In the light of a report commissioned by the United Nations secretariat, we reflect on the global economic crisis and what it means for civil society organisations.

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Do Central Asia's Gender Quotas Help Or Hurt Women?

By Farangis Najibullah

By law, one out of every three lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan's parliament is female. One of them, 42-year-old Gulnora Derbisheva, says she has always wanted to play a role in changing society.

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International Women's Day: Women Mobilising Around the World!

8th March 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the declaration of International Women’s Day. Joining with thousands of women's rights activists at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)/Beijing + 15 and globally, AWID is marking this important day by profiling the diverse forms of organizing and celebration by women around the world.

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Iceland: the world's most feminist country

Iceland has just banned all strip clubs. Perhaps it's down to the lesbian prime minister, but this may just be the most female-friendly country on the planet

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The United Arab Emirates: Women’s Rights in Progress?

FRIDAY FILE: These days, the world is watching the economic crisis unfold in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There is also another unfolding to watch there: women’s rights.

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Amnesty: human rights, political wrongs

An intense controversy over Amnesty International's association with people who reject its universalist principles has been sparked by its treatment of a senior figure who raised the issue. Here, a global petition signed by prominent writers and activists poses questions to the human-rights organisation and defends the now suspended Gita Sahgal; and Amnesty’s own statement reaffirms its values.

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More Powerful UN Gender Equality Entity finally on the way

The United Nations General Assembly has finally mandated the establishment of a new gender equality entity. What does this mean?

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Criminalizing Sexuality: Zina laws as Violence against Women in Muslim Contexts

Islamic legal tradition treats any sexual contact outside a legal marriage as a crime. The main category of such crimes is zina, defined as any act of illicit sexual intercourse between a man and woman. In the late twentieth century, the resurgence of Islam as a political and spiritual force led to the revival of zina laws and the creation of new off ences that criminalize consensual sexual activity and authorize violence against women. Activists have campaigned against these new laws on human rights grounds.

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Iran: time to change the question

Parvin Ardalan spoke to Jane Gabriel at the UN CSW about the link between a conversation with her father and her work fighting for the rights and freedom of both men and women in Iran, and why it's time the international community changed the question: how can we help?

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