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News items on women's rights from around the world

Southern Africa: Alliance calls for strong rights approach post-2015

Following the celebratory SADC Gender Protocol@Work awards last week, the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance is calling for a strong rights-based approach to the post-2015 SADC Gender Protocol agenda and global development framework.


20 women abducted in Nigeria; Boko Haram still holding 272 girls

Gunmen abducted 20 women from a remote settlement in northeastern Nigeria as 272 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram continued to languish in captivity, according to news reports Monday.


Women ‘leading the elections’: ECWR

Egyptian women participated in large numbers during the first day of the presidential election Monday, in some cases even heading to voting stations at 7 a.m., two hours before polls were due to open.


Update: Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy gives birth

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman awaiting the death penalty for refusing to convert to Islam, has given birth to a baby girl.


Latin American Indigenous Women Hold NYC Tribunal

To puncture official indifference, Latin American indigenous women are staging a tribunal on the sidelines of a U.N. permanent forum "to push back the invisibility" about what they suffer. "The justice system really doesn't work for us," says one.


Canada is refusing entry visas to Ugandan LGBTI activists for Toronto WorldPride

Canadian immigration officials have rejected the visa applications of a group of 10 Ugandan LGBTI rights activists out of fear they will try to seek asylum once they are in the country for WorldPride 2014.


UN Women calls on global citizens to bring gender equality into focus

Launches Beijing+20 Campaign: Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture it!


Mexico's Congress approves revision of military code of justice

The Mexican Congress on Wednesday approved a major revision of the military code of justice that will require that soldiers, sailors and officers who abuse civilians be prosecuted in the civilian court system.


International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia Taking Place in Over 120 Countries

Today, May 17th, 2014, marks the ninth annual International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia held in over 120 countries and impacting hundreds of millions of lives. IDAHOT, as it is commonly referred to, is the largest LGBTI solidarity action in the world where activists come together to address the many stigmas and restrictions that they may face as gender and sexual minorities, including violence, intimidation, discrimination and even death.


UN Committee Against Torture Questions Holy See on Efforts to Curtail Women’s Health Care Globally

Representatives of the Holy See were asked by a United Nations Committee yesterday to answer for its interference with women’s access to reproductive health care across the globe leading to cruel and degrading treatment.



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