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In Syria, the fight for women's rights means helping both genders

Bassam al-Kadi heads the Syrian Women's Observatory, which aims to change the way both the government and the culture regard women in Syria.

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Why Are Hindu Honor Killings Rising in India?

For three weeks now, a morbid murder story has been playing out in the Indian media. Nirupama Pathak, 22, a New Delhi–based journalist, was allegedly murdered by her own mother. Her crime? She had wanted to marry a fellow journalist who belongs to a lower caste — and she was pregnant. On a trip home to make a final effort to convince her family, Nirupama texted her boyfriend that she was being held captive, locked up in a bathroom. On April 29, she was found dead. The family claimed Nirupama had killed herself, and lodged a case against her boyfriend for rape and abetting suicide. But when the postmortem results revealed Nirupama had been asphyxiated, the police arrested her mother, Sudha Pathak.

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California's Sex Education Program: Ongoing Struggles Behind the Success Story

California’s sex education policies are the envy of most other states. California is alone in having never accepted Title V federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds, and state laws require that sex education in schools and state-funded community programs be comprehensive and bias-free. California’s laws have served as models for other states and the federal Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act legislation. Recently, the Guttmacher Institute praised California as being way out front in preventing unintended pregnancy among teens, in part because of the state’s embrace of comprehensive sex education.

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The ‘Abortion Caravan’ succeeded. Or did it?

The coat hanger was its graphic symbol of death, outrage and ultimately, a woman’s right to control her own body. The “Abortion Caravan” rolled into Ottawa on Mother’s Day weekend in 1970, a convoy of young women — coat hangers and a black coffin in tow — who drew hundreds of supporters during their drive from Vancouver to make an unprecedented demand: unrestricted access to legal abortions.

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Domestic Violence Increases During World Cup

Men + male-oriented and dominated sports + lots of booze doesn't exactly make for a winning, women-friendly combination.

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Landmark Trials Begin in Namibia

Three initial cases against the government of Namibia have begun in the capital, Windhoek. The cases have been brought by HIV positive women who claim that they were sterilized in government hospitals without their consent. The women are suing the Ministry of Health and social services for what they term as a violation of their human rights and discrimination based on their health status.

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Vanguard TV documentary: Missionaries of Hate

Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

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Port-au-Prince Earthquake: Responses must address Gender

FRIDAY FILE: The impact of natural disasters is gendered and therefore responses to these disasters must be gender responsive. Six months after the earthquake in Haiti MADRE's Yifat Susskind spoke with AWID about the gendered impact of the earthquake, and described what a gender responsive approach to addressing the crisis would look like.

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Burqa Ban May Prove Counter-Productive

France is likely to have a law banning the burqa by autumn of this year, but human rights groups say that such legislation would be discriminatory, counter-productive and also difficult to enforce.

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People’s Voices on Climate Change: “Global Governance is not Working”

FRIDAY FILE: The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (“the people’s summit”) was held from April 19 to 22, 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. More than 35,000 delegates representing civil society organizations and social movements from 140 countries participated.

AWID spoke with Ana Agostino, coordinator of the Feminist Task Force of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) about the conference, the Climate Justice Tribunals, and the next UN Summit on Climate Change in Mexico later this year.

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