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Saudi Arabia: Women’s Rights Activists Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni Jailed for Helping Starving Mother

Two leading women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia are set to start a 10-month prison sentence for helping a woman who was starving.

According to Equality Now, reliable sources say Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni will be arrested in the very near future, after losing an appeal against their sentence...read more from Iranian

Sudan: Security forces fatally shoot dozens of protesters as demonstrations grow - September 26, 2013

The Sudanese security forces must immediately stop using arbitrary and unlawful force against protesters, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies and Amnesty International urged today, after confirming that at least 50 demonstrators were killed on Tuesday and Wednesday after being shot in the chest or head...read more from Amnesty

Afghanistan: Prison Probe Should Address Longstanding Abuses Inquiry Should Focus on Torture, Abuse of Women, Procedural Lapses - September 26, 2013

Afghan detention centers and prisons are rife with serious abuse, including torture, medically invalid “virginity examinations” of women, and holding detainees past their release date...read more from HRW

Iran lawmakers pass bill allowing men to marry adopted daughters - September 26, 2013

Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years...read more from the Guardian

NYC Council Passes Bill To Beef Up Protections For Pregnant Workers - September 24, 2013

Pregnant women will be legally entitled to adjustments on the job like an extra bathroom break or a reprieve from heavy lifting under a bill passed by the City Council...read more from New York Daily News

Yemen: Protect Women’s Rights in Constitution | Human Rights Watch.

(Sanaa) – Yemen should protect women’s rights by ensuring that its new constitution has adequate protections for women, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the head of the Rights and Freedoms Working Group of its National Dialogue process that was made public today...read more from World Human Rights

UN rights chief encourages Iranian Government to build on recent prisoner release - September 20, 2013

The United Nations human rights chief has welcomed this week’s release of 12 political prisoners in Iran, including a number of women’s rights activists, political activists and journalists, and encouraged Tehran to build on this positive step...read more from UN

Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh 'among freed political prisoners'- September 18, 2013

Iran is reported to have freed at least 11 political prisoners, including noted human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

The eight women and three men are said to also include the reformist politician Mohsen Aminzadeh...read more from BBC

Many Doubt Death Sentences Will Stem India Sexual Attacks - September 13, 2013

NEW DELHI — There was no mistaking the whoop of joy that rose outside Saket District Court on Friday, when word got out that four men convicted in last December’s horrific gang rape and murder had been sentenced to death by hanging. People burst into applause. They hugged whoever was beside them. They pumped the air with their fists...read more from the New York Times

Fayemi threatens to sanction parents of children denied education - September 13, 2013

Ado Ekiti — GOVERNOR Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State yesterday, said no fewer than 10.5 million children of school age had been denied access to education in the country, threatening to sanction parents found to have denied their children access to education in the state...read more from Vanguard - Nigeria

Somali Women Train to Fight Sexual Violence - September 11, 2013

NAIROBI, KENYA — The Somali government and African Union have wrapped up a two-day training course for women on how to protect themselves from rapists. The United Nations says it registered 1,700 cases of rape in Somalia last year...read more from VOA

Nigeria's child brides: 'I thought being in labour would never end' -September 2, 2013

Ibrahim Kanuma winces as he recalls the moment a 63-year-old man asked him for his teenage daughter's hand in marriage. The proposal was not unusual in north-western Nigeria's remote, dust-blown state of Zamfara, but he considered the suitor too old for his only daughter, Zainab, 13...read more from The Guardian

Vietnam internet restrictions come into effect - September 1, 2013

A controversial law banning Vietnamese online users from discussing current affairs has come into effect.

The decree, known as Decree 72, says blogs and social websites should not be used to share news articles, but only personal information...read more from BBC

Why does child marriage persist? How can we end it? Watch ‘The Stream’, Al Jazeera

Lakshmi Sundaram, Global Coordinator of Girls Not Brides, joined Ann Warner of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Maria Al-MAsani of the Madbakh Women’s Initiative and Naana Otoo-Oyortey of FORWARD UK, on the set of Al Jazeera Stream to discuss why child marriage persists and what can be done to end it...read more from Girls not Bride

Displaced Somali women and girls are especially vulnerable to sexual assault - August 30, 2013

Amnesty International said two decades of conflict have allowed sexual violence to become endemic in Somalia. The human rights group says most victims don’t report the attacks to authorities, fearing stigma...read more from Voice of America

What are Gender Statistics?

Gender statistics are defined as statistics that adequately reflect differences and inequalities in the situation of women and men in all areas of life (United Nations, 2006).This definition closely follows the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, which requested national, regional and international statistical services to “ensure that statistics related to individuals are collected, compiled, analysed and presented by sex and age and reflect problems, issues and questions related to women and men in society” (United Nations, 1995, para 206 (a))...read more from UNstats

Saudi Arabia Passes Historic Domestic Abuse Legislation - August 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet has passed landmark legislation recognising all forms of abuse, including domestic violence, as offenses deserving investigation, prosecution and punishment by law enforcement agencies, according to local media reports...read more from Trust

PAKISTAN - Cleric Murders Wife & Cuts into Pieces for not Wearing Veil & not Sending Children to Religious School

Multan-Punjab-Pakistan: A cleric cut his wife into pieces on Wednesday for refusing to wear a veil and sending their children to school, police said.

They said the body was recovered from near their house. They said they found his confession on the body and had also recovered the weapon he had used...reade more from Tribune

Sierra Leone: Increase in Domestic Violence - Human Rights Report Reveals - August 28, 2013

A report put together by the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) has revealed an increase in domestic violence complaints recorded for 2012.

The report titled, 'State of the Human Rights in Sierra Leone 2012'which was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House on Tuesday August 13, 2013, noted that domestic violence complaints across the country increased from 2% in 2010 to 4.7% in 2011 and 6.8% in 2012...read more from All Africa

Rajya Sabha approves bill to make divorce women-friendly - August 27, 2013

New Delhi, Aug 27 (Agencies): The Rajya Sabha today passed amendments to the divorce law but not before several male members dubbed them anti-men and an assault on “human rights”...read more from Daiji World

Swazi Chiefs Shut Women Out of Parliament

MBABANE, Aug 21 2013 (IPS) - Archaic and chauvinistic practices are being used to prevent Swazi women from taking part in the upcoming primary elections, despite the country having a constitution that guarantees their rights, says political analyst Dr. Sikelela Dlamini...read more from IPS

Dubai pardons Norwegian woman jailed after rape claim

A Norwegian woman at the centre of a Dubai rape claim dispute said Monday that officials have dropped her 16-month sentence for having sex outside marriage and she is free to leave the country...read more from CBC

Kerala teen forced to marry a man from UAE, sexually abused and abandoned - August 27, 2013

Malappuram: Till June this year, she lived in an orphanage in Kozhikode and dreamt of a better life by studying further. Then, says a 17-year-old in Kerala, she was forced into marriage with a man from the United Arab Emirates, who sexually abused her for two weeks and abandoned her...read more from NDTV

Internet Intermediary Liability in Nigeria: New legislation threatens internet freedom - August 26, 2013

Many countries have made moves to make internet intermediaries (such as cybercafés, internet service providers and telecom operators) liable for the sort of content posted at their web-space/network by its users, thereby indirectly using them to police the flow of information..read more from APC

Maldives - Girl's 100 Lashes Sentence Overturned - August 22, 2013

A 15-year-old girl who was sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex has had her punishment overturned by a Maldives court.

The Maldives observes elements of Sharia as well as English common law

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that the girl, whose stepfather is on trial for raping her, had been wrongly convicted by a juvenile court of having premarital sex with another man...read more from BBC

Somalia vows action over alleged rape by AU troops - August 22, 2013

NAIROBI - Somalia's government vowed Wednesday to deliver justice in the case of a local woman who alleged she was gang raped by African Union troops and Somali soldiers...read more from NewVision

Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo 'virginity tests' - August 21, 2013

A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights...read more from The Guardian

Violating Women's Rights: Forced Sterilization, Population Control and HIV/AIDS

Though sterilization can be an effective family planning option for many women, when performed without their prior and full informed consent, it is a serious violation of women’s human rights, specifically their sexual and reproductive health and rights...read more from TRUST

Why Do Women Stay with Domestic Violence Abusers?

Abusers look for women who are generous and have a kind heart, With cars, houses, stable gainful employment as well as being quite smart. What would they have to gain from a women with nothing for them to control? And who could not support them after "angry outbursts" with the bosses take their toll?...read more from Yahoo voices

Yerima makes Senate back underage marriage, as lawmakers oppose local government autonomy - July 17, 2013

The former Zamfara State Governor and current Senator, Sani Yerima, whose marriage to a 13-year-old girl drew widespread outrage in 2009, literally pressed the Senate to reverse a vote that appeared to outlaw underage marriage, almost marring a crucial constitution amendment vote Tuesday...read more from Premium Times

Norwegian woman who reported being raped in Dubai is jailed for 16 months - July 17, 2013

A young Norwegian woman has been sentenced to 16 months in jail after she reported a rape in Dubai. The 25-year-old was in the United Arab Emirates on a business trip when she was raped and reported the assault to the local police. Dubai police did not believe her, and instead took her passport and jailed her on suspicion of having had sex outside marriage...read more from Daily Mail

Afghanistan: Escalating Setbacks for Women Proposed Criminal Law Revision Latest Rollback in Protections - July 16, 2013

Afghanistan’s lower house is proposing to protect the batterers of women and girls from criminal punishment. Legislative approval of this criminal law revision would effectively stop prosecutions of people who beat, forcibly marry, and even sell their female relatives...read more from Human Rights Watch

India - Women Protest Triple Talaq Oral Divorce By Muslim Husbands - July 14, 2013

"The demand to ban oral divorce in India has not met with much success, despite years of struggle. Activists such as Asghar Ali Engineer and Qutub Jehan Kidwai of the Mumbai-based Institute of Islamic Studies have been fighting to codify Islamic personal law. A draft prepared last year sought to ban the triple talaq and restrict polygamy."...read more from The Hindu

10 Ways to Help Girls Transform the World - July 8, 2013

There are currently 66 million girls in the world that should be in school, but are not. Thirteen girls under age 18 will be married in the next 30 seconds. The number one cause of death for girls aged 15-19 is childbirth...read more from World Pulse

India Court Ruling to Better Protect Rape Survivors The "finger" test found to violate rights - July 3, 2013

After a man she was in a relationship with raped her, Sandhya went to a hospital for an examination and treatment. "The clerk told me a male doctor will conduct the test [forensic examination] and asked me whether that was ok," Sandhya, who is in her 20s, told a Human Rights Watch researcher, Aruna Kashyap. "I said 'yes.' But other than that, I did not know what they were going to do."

No one told her that the doctor would perform the “finger” test on her. Similar to "virginity" tests, this degrading "test" is meant to show whether a rape survivor is "habituated to sexual intercourse." Although the tests are a scientific farce, defense attorneys often use the findings to challenge rape survivors' credibility and character, and their lack of consent...read more from Human Rights Watch

UN passes resolution on women’s right to freedom of expression -
June 13, 2013

The US Mission in Geneva has issued a statement made by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe that draws attention to “the first UN resolution explicitly affirming the crucial role of freedom of opinion and expression in women’s empowerment.”...read more from Geneva Lunch

Campaign to End Hunger Must Focus on Violence Against Women _ June 13, 2013

G8 leaders meeting next week to talk about food security must include factors such as domestic violence that affect women's ability to produce, process and prepare food for their families..read more from The guardian

India's Poorest Women Coerced Into Sterilization - June 12, 2013

Financial incentives have driven the rate of female sterilization up in India, where a family can receive up to $10 for every female member who chooses to be sterilized...read more from Opposing Views

States accountable for investigating and preventing violence against women - June 10, 2013

An independent United Nations human rights expert has stressed the need to hold States accountable not only for investigating acts of violence against women but also for failing to prevent such violence...read more from UN

Cultural traditions are no excuse for sex crimes, minister warns - June 6, 2013

Cultural and religious differences cannot be used as a defence for men from ethnic minorities linked to sex crimes against young girls in Britain, a minister has warned...read more from The Telegraph

Law to punish violence against women coming soon

Senate President David Mark has assured of a speedy passage of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill into law as part of measures to stop domestic violence or harmful practices against women in Nigeria...read more from Tribune

Senior UN officials spotlight women’s health rights to accelerate global development - May 30, 2013

Investing in the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls will help accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, United Nations senior officials said on the final day of the Women Deliver Conference...read more from UN

Barring women from presidential office in Iran a serious rights violation, UN experts say - May 29, 2013

A group of United Nations experts today warned that measures preventing women and other citizens from running for presidential office in Iran constitute a serious violation of rights guaranteed by international law...read more from UN

African Union should prioritize women’s reproductive rights - May 22, 2013

The 10 worst countries to be a mother are all in sub-Saharan Africa. This editorial by two researchers with the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch urges the African Union, celebrating its 50th anniversary this week, to prioritize the human rights of African women and girls...read more from RNW

Rise in Afghan women jailed for 'moral crimes': rights group - May 21, 2013

AFP - The number of women jailed in Afghanistan for "moral crimes" such as fleeing abusive husbands has risen sharply, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, undermining claims that the status of women has improved...read more from France24

It Takes a Village to Educate a Girl - May 20, 2013

A decade ago, less than a third of school-aged girls in Niger were in class. Today, though significant cultural and religious opposition remains, nearly two-thirds of girls are enrolled in school...read more from IPS

Press Release - Inaugural Day to End Fistula Highlights Progress, Challenges - May 20, 2013

UNITED NATIONS, New York—Countries around the world will mark the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May, with a variety of events to raise awareness of this neglected health and human rights challenge...read more from UNFPA

Obstetric Fistula - A Tragic Failure to Deliver Maternal Care

Every day nearly 800 women die from complications of pregnancy. For every woman who dies, 20 or more are injured or disabled.

One of the most serious injuries of childbearing is obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by labour that is prolonged – often for days – without treatment. Usually the baby dies. Because the fistula leaves women leaking urine or faeces, or both, it typically results in social isolation, depression and deepening poverty. Left untreated, fistula can lead to chronic medical problems...read more from UNFPA

Working to Stop Violence Against Women

Two activists suggest ways in which people, from all over the world, can help change attitudes and work to stop violence against women.

Ms. Ramdas: Try to shift your language and talk about survivors of violence as opposed to victims. For too long, women and children have been marginalized and further weakened by being portrayed as victims. While they certainly suffer, they are also the agents of change in their own lives and for our world. Give them that respect along with your compassion...read more from Stream

Wombs & The Wolves

THE WEEK's journey through some villages in Bihar and Rajasthan revealed the plight of women—many of them allegedly unmarried—whose wombs were removed as “treatment” for everything, from a simple stomach ache to menstrual issues...THE WEEK

Domestic violence by men 'shocking': survey - May 10, 2013

An international survey on domestic violence that interviewed more than 2,000 Chinese found that half of male respondents confessed they have physically or sexually abused their wives or girlfriends...read more from China Daily

Another Italian woman victim of acid attack - May 10, 2013

A 31-year-old woman received hospital treatment on Friday after having acid thrown at her in the third such acid attack to take place in Italy in a month. The woman was attacked by two hooded men after opening the door of her home in the northern city of Vicenza. They made her lie down and one reportedly held her while the other poured a substance over her, according to initial reports. The woman suffered minor burns on one arm and her bottom...read more from Gazzetta Del Sud.

In Pakistan town, men have spoken: No women vote - May 6, 2013

For decades, not a single woman in this dusty Pakistani village surrounded by wheat fields and orange trees has voted. And they aren’t likely to in next week’s parliamentary election either. The village’s men have spoken...read more from Alarabiya

Trafficking: Legislative changes and their implementation in Spain - May 6, 2013

Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of exploitation is a cruel reality that raises the concern of the people who work in the defence of human rights, international agencies and, more recently, of governments. The causes of the phenomenon of human trafficking are unseen and hidden. Women and girls are the most vulnerable to this state of slavery...read more from Gender Justice Journal

New Harassment Act to Tackle Abuse Via Sms and Social Media - April 28, 2013

The Protection from Harassment Act makes it possible for anyone who feels harassed to approach the court without a legal representative and apply for a protection order. Under the act, harassment is not limited to physical and verbal abuse. People who receive threats or unwanted attention via social media and text messages may also apply for a protection order. Those found guilty will have to pay a fine or spend as much as 5 years in jail...read more from Public News Hub

In Rwanda, Nothwithstanding considerable Increase, Contraceptive Use is not Keeping Pace with Desire for Smaller Families.

Complications from Unsafe Abortion Harm Women and Drain Health Resources

Findings from the first national study on the incidence of unintended pregnancy and abortion in Rwanda show that nearly half (47%) of all pregnancies in the country are unintended...read more from Aids Accountability

How my brother tried to kill me in 'honor attack' - April 4, 2013

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- It's cold and raining in Kabul and the pothole-filled dirt roads have turned into a sea of mud. We drive up to the gateway of a high-walled compound. A soldier brandishing an AK-47 stands guard outside the building. We've come to a women's shelter to meet Gul Meena -- a 17-year-old girl from Pakistan who shouldn't be alive...read more from CNN

Egypt's female students told to drop pants or face hell - April 1, 2013

Egyptian female students are now faced with threats of “going to Hell” if they continue to wear pants at an Alexandria university, north of Cairo, the New Women Foundation reported, citing a news article published by al-Youm al-Saba’a online website...read more from Albawaba

Limpopo child bride: Sold into marriage, kept there by the system

From Limpopo comes the alarming story of a 13-year-old who has been married off to a 57-year-old traditional healer, ostensibly to pay the sangoma’s bill. Frank Maponya, Sowetan’s bureau chief for the province, broke the story. He writes that the child is barely a teen, but has already been forced into a union with a man 44 years her senior...read more from Daily Maverick

Survivor Stories

Kolab does not know who her real parents are. She studied to grade 5, then was forced to worked as a family servant, in a karaoke bar, and to sell drugs and sex. Phalla studied to grade 12, then was sold to a brothel..read more from Equality Now

Domestic Violence Against Women In Nigeria: The Present Position (1)

Domestic violence against women in Nigeria is one of the worst gender- based form of violence as it has severe consequences on the women.

It takes different forms and is usually carried out by familiar members of the home...read more from Nigerian observer news

Nigeria: House Okays Life Jail Term For Rapists - March 5, 2013

ABUJA, March 05, (THEWILL) – The House of Representatives, Tuesday, approved a bill, which if signed into law, would send those convicted of rape to life imprisonment.

It also warned that the victims of rape have no right to terminate pregnancy resulting from rape...read more from The Will

Song Against Stoning : Prepared and Proper Stone;"From Beneath Hundred Stones"

Music composed by Mr. Omeed Rafizadeh. The lyrics are in English and Kurdish (Sorani). The English lyrics is by Omeed and Kurdish is by Soraya Fallah. Singers are Soraya and Omeed. Translator of the lyrics in Kurdish to English is Cklara Moradian.

This song was made in support of a project by Amnesty International and Broumand Foundation against Capital Punishment in Iran...listen to the song from You tube

Ending Widespread Violence Against Women

Around the world, as many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way - most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member; one woman in four has been abused during pregnancy...read more from UNFPA

Facts & Figures on VAW

The Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country [ en | es | fr ] . Compiled by UN Women in 2011, presents data available for 86 countries on the prevalence of physical and sexual violence against women, forced sexual initiation and abuse during pregnancy, mainly drawn from leading international surveys, including: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reproductive Health Surveys, Demographic and Health Surveys, Violence Against Women Surveys and the World Health Organization Multi-Country Study..read more from UNIFEM

Dubbed a witch, expelled from school, 10-yr-old Rachael battles college to regain dignity - March 3, 2013

Similar to the recent issue of a school principal that illegally conducted virginity test on her students in Ogun State, a school principal in Osun State has sent a student, accused by her classmate of possessing witchcraft, packing from the school. STEPHEN GBADAMOSI writes on the issue and efforts of the student to get justice...read more from Tribune

Malian women raped, stoned, lashed and forced to marry amid intense fighting - February 11, 2013

BAMAKO, Mali (AlertNet) – When armed Islamist fighters arrived in the northeastern Malian village of Haribomo near Timbuktu, one of the first things they did was sip sweet tea with the local imam. They then told him how they expected the village women to behave...read more from AlertNet

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk - experts - February 11, 2013

LONDON (AlertNet) – More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)...read more from AlertNet

Gunmen in Nigeria kill nine polio health workers - Febraury 8, 2013

Gunmen on motorbikes have shot dead nine health workers who were administering polio vaccinations in two separate attacks in the northern city of Kano.

No one claimed responsibility but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has condemned the use of western medicine, has been blamed for a spate of assaults on security forces in the city in recent weeks...read more from the guardian

Rapists to face life imprisonment under new law – Reps - February 6, 2013

ABUJA — Chairman, House Committee on Human Rights, Hon. Beni Lar, said, Wednesday, that rapists would face life imprisonment once the current Violence Against Persons Bill becomes law.

Lar, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, said the National Assembly had decided to expedite action on the passage of the bill, considering the increasing prevalence of rape in the country...read more from Vanguard

Escaping the scourge of female genital mutilation in Tanzania: a Maasai girls’ school provides scholarships for those at risk

“You need to be circumcised to be married, so that if you get pregnant you don’t bring shame to your family,” explains Nengai, a proud, 26-year-old school teacher. In Gelai, the rural village where she grew up, all of the girls she knew were circumcised, usually after they completed primary school...read more from UNwomen

Gender-segregation partitions draw mixed reaction - February 2, 2013

A new ruling issued by Saudi Labor Minister Adel Fakeih and approved by Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, the head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, require shops employing both men and women to build segregation walls to enforce the separation of men and women.

The barriers to be built will be no shorter than 6 feet in workplaces that employ members of both sexes...read more from Arab news

Sexual Violence in Mali Casts Shadow Over Peace Efforts - January 31, 2013

Rebels who had conquered northern Mali offered to pay the equivalent of $14 for a 13-year-old girl. When her family said no, they took her anyway. A week later, she died in captivity, after she was repeatedly raped by a group of armed men..read more from bloomberg

New US law criminalises sending girls abroad for FGM - January 31, 2013

NEW YORK (TrustLaw) – Activists trying to end female genital mutilation hope a new U.S. federal law threatening imprisonment for anyone who sends girls abroad for the brutal procedure will deter those who previously did so with impunity...read more from TrustLaw

Acid attack perpetrator sentenced under new Cambodian law - January 30, 2013

On 28 January, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Sreyda's ex-husband Be Soeun to five years in prison for intentional violence using acid and ordered him to pay 10 million riel (US$2,500), after he threw battery acid on her face, chest and back when she told him she planned to remarry...read more from IRIN

Morocco to change rape marriage law - January 24, 2013

The Moroccan government has said it plans to change a law that allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims.

The move comes nearly a year after 16-year-old girl committed suicide after being forced to marry her alleged rapist..read more from Aljazeera

Virginity test: Principal to undergo psychiatric examination - January 23, 2013

The Ogun State Government on Tuesday said the principal of Ajuwon Senior High School, Rev. Olufunke Aladeojobi, who allegedly conducted virginity tests on pupils of the school, would be made to undergo a psychiatric examination...read more from Punch

Digital Security First-Aid Kit for Human Rights Defenders

This kit contains short guides for human rights defenders who find themselves in emergencies related to communication and digital security. As guides are being added, individual sections of following scheme become interactive...read more from APC

Mali: Rape and Torture Among Serious Rights Violations Spawned By Mali Crisis - UN Report - January 18, 2013

The ongoing crisis in Mali has led to serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, rape and torture, says a United Nations report released today, which warns that increasing ethnic tensions could have alarming consequences on the North African nation...read more from All Africa

Philippines typhoon affecting maternal health - January 18, 2013

MANILA - With many health facilities damaged or destroyed in typhoon-affected Mindanao, experts have expressed concern about the state of maternal health care...read more from IRIN

Q&A: Hearing women’s hidden stories of sexual violence and enslavement during war - January 14, 2013

Annie Bunting, an associate professor of law and society at York University in Canada, is leading a three-year research project on enslavement in war for forced marriage in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia and Sierra Leone...read more from Trustlaw

The stigma and blame attached to rape survivors in India - January 8, 2013

In a few weeks, the European Union and India will hold a human rights dialogue. The death of a 23-year-old student who was gang-raped and beaten last month in New Delhi should catapult sexual violence to the top of the agenda...read more from HRW

China: Renewed Restrictions Send Online Chill - January 4, 2013

(Washington, DC) – The Chinese government’s further tightening of internet controls and mandating real name registration threaten security and privacy of internet users...read more from HRW

Gender policies: The odds against women in Nigeria - January 2, 2013

Rose Adu (not real name), a mother of two and heavily pregnant with the third child is a teacher with a private school in Lagos State. Her daily routine begins at 4 a.m. when she wakes up to prepare the children for school. Rose has to prepare lunch and probably dinner for the children who schooled within neighbourhood because her place of work is over an hour drive from her residence...read more from The SUN

Revisit sexual violence cases-Human Rights Groups appeal - January 1, 2013

In 2012 Ghana recorded over 500 sexual abuse cases across the country. Many of these high profile cases including the Benkum Senior High school gang rape saga saw no prosecution of the suspects...read more from Citi News

Solidarity Alerts
Pakistan - Woman Human Rights Defender murdered by husband - attempt to pass off case as honour killing
Save Amira Osman Hamed from flogging in Sudan
Yemen: End child marriages by enacting and enforcing a minimum age of marriage law
Pakistan - Woman Tortured Over Attempted Land Grab - Perpetrators Impunty
UN Leaders: Support women's equal rights in countries in transition
Saudi Arabia: Protect don’t prosecute women’s rights activists
United States: Pass the Trafficking Victims Protection & Justice Act in New York
STOP THE REPEAL of EVAW-the Law to Eliminate Violence Against Women
President Goodluck Jonathan: Don't sign the JAIL THE GAYS bill into LAW
Reform anti-trafficking laws to better protect sex trafficking victims
Petition Against Stoning - Call for Signature
Stop all forced evictions in Badia East, Lagos, Nigeria
Somalia: No authority to rape
Two WHRDs receiving death threats after released from detention
Demand Justice for Noxolo Nogwaza

Uganda: Properly investigate and prosecute cases of sexual violence against the disabled

Pakistan: sign petition to save Rimsha from Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws, which can carry the death sentence
Sudan: Layla Ibrahim Issa - Another woman sentenced to death by stoning
Egypt: Stop the lowering of the minimum age of marriage for girls
Pakistan: Former member of National Assembly issues fatwa against women human rights defenders
Uzbekistan's dictator is forcing doctors to cut out women's uteruses
Urgent appeal: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja may be on his deathbed
Pressure the Chinese government to release Wang Lihong.

Somali Refugees Face Rising Rates of Sexual Assault

Zimbabwe: Suspected Poisoning And Planting At Property Of Women Of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)

Iran: Protestor in Danger of Execution as Iran Flouts Human Rights Standard

Pakistan: Hindu Teenage Girl Is Told to Marry Her Alleged Rapist. Police and Courts Fail to Act.

Pakistan: Tribal leaders, private jails & false imprisonment of women and children

Zimbabwe: Police arrest and detain Women of Zimbabwe Arise! (WOZA) members

Nigeria: "Bring Yerima to Justice "

Sign the GEAR Petition before June 10!

Iranian Activist Shiva Nazar Ahari Faces Trial Amidst Recent Unjust Sentences, Executions

African Governments: Keep Your Promise

West Aceh, Indonesia: New regulation forbidding the wearing of 'tight clothing’ by women may be open to abuse

Iran: Woman faces death by stoning

Iran: Stop the Imminent Execution of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani Sentenced to Death by Stoning

Kyrgyzstan: Government Must Ensure Security of Human Rights Activists

Gambia: The arrest of women's human rights defender