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News items on women's rights from around the world

Guatemalan Girls Tell Own Story in Film '¡PODER!'

With its online premiere on 11 April 2014, this docu-drama handed the reins over to two young women to tell how they challenged their local mayor to increase girls' access to health care and education. This different way of filmmaking ended up being an empowering process itself.


Egypt: Keeping Women Out – Sexual violence in the public sphere

New report published on 16 April 2014 by FIDH, Nazra for Feminist Studies, New Women Foundation and the Uprising of Women in the Arab World.


India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the "third gender" status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.


Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'. 


Tulkarem Women give Testimonies about Impact of the Apartheid Wall and Nearby Israeli Factories

Testimonies by women of Tulkarem living in the vicinity of the Separation Wall and the Israeli chemical factory Geshori, built on confiscated Palestinian land, describe the health, environmental, and socio-economic damage that they suffer.


130 organizations join forces at UN to confront Egypt's human rights crisis

As Egypt looks ahead to another presidential election, the situation of human rights in the country continues to deteriorate and the promises of social justice made after the 2011 revolution remain unfulfilled. Against this worrying backdrop, a large coalition of some 130 organizations is taking the government to task at the United Nations.


UN to measure women's rights progress over past 20 years

New York commission will seek to build on 1994 action plan and incorporate its key principles into future development targets


Afghanistan elections unlikely to prove a boon for women, warns activist

Former judge Najla Ayubi raises doubts about commitment to gender equality among most fancied presidential contenders


China's detained human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui transferred to hospital

On 29 March 2014, it was reported that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui had been transferred to a Beijing hospital nearly a month after being detained on 1 March 2014. The reason or the time of her transfer to Beijing Public Security Hospital from Fengtai District Detention Centre is unclear. 



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