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News items on women's rights from around the world

Sexual Violence in Conflict Survivors Launch Global Advocacy & Support Network

Survivors United for Action, the first global network of its kind, aims to connect and support survivors and lobby policy-makers.


In Rwanda, treating complications from unsafe abortion drains scarce health resources

Greater Investment in Contraception Needed to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy


Despite tougher laws, India can't shake rape culture

Despite tougher laws against sexual violence, the grisly rape and murder of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree shows India has a long way to go to safeguard women in its male-dominated, socially stratified culture, critics say.


Russia: Life Sentences For Politkovskaya's Convicted Killers

A court in Moscow has sentenced to life in prison two of the five men convicted in the 2006 murder of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 


Egypt: Seven arrested for sexually assaulting student during Tahrir celebrations

Video shows police escorting naked and bloodied woman from square while tens of thousands celebrated Sisi's inauguration.


The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative Awarded the International Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) expresses its immense gratitude for having been awarded the International Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.


Denmark becomes the first European country to allow legal change of gender without clinical diagnosis

Today the Danish parliamentarians passed a law which removes a number of obstacles for legal gender recognition. Denmark is now the first country in Europe where a requirement for ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis or any psychological assessment/opinion is not necessary for a person to legally obtain their preferred gender.


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.



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