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SURVEY: State repression of Uyghur women

HRWF is conducting a confidential survey of Uyghur women to learn more about their experiences with state repression and to help shape HRWF’s strategy for advocacy in the EU on Uyghur women’s rights.  The survey is secure and submissions are encrypted to ensure the highest level of safeguarding the information provided. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

WORLD: United Nations chief warns of pushback on women’s rights

RFE/RL (12.03.2019) - https://bit.ly/2EYLpPW- The head of the United Nations has warned of a "deep, pervasive and relentless" pushback on women's rights around the world.   Speaking at the opening of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women on...

EUROPE: Violence against women rife in eastern Europe, says OSCE study

The OSCE spoke face-to-face with over 15,000 women to gather data on the prevalence of sexual, physical and psychological violence in southeastern and eastern Europe. The results showed a "grim picture."   By Cristina Burack   DW.com (06.03.2019) -...

IRELAND: Government ratifies Istanbul Convention obliging it to tackle violence against women

By Kitty Holland   The Irish Times (08.03.2019) - https://bit.ly/2UCLDTA- After many years of campaigning by women’s groups, the Government on Friday ratified the Istanbul Convention - a key international instrument to tackle violence against women.   Though...

SOUTHEAST ASIA: ASEAN nations join hands to eliminate child, early, forced marriage

A forum on child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 6 by the ASEAN Secretariat in combination with the UN Children's Fund, UN Population Fund, and the Plan International. Saigon Online (06.03.2019) - https://bit.ly/2J6Yn3A - The...

EGYPT: Highest rate of FGM surgeries, at 82%

Amr Hassan, the rapporteur of the National Population Council, stated that Egypt ranks first globally in the medicalization of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with 82 percent of females under age 17 having undergone the operation, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.   Al...

SYRIA/JORDAN: Where life begins: reducing risky births in a refugee camp

By Elizabeth Wang   New Security Beat (06.03.2019) - https://bit.ly/2UjcBzj - Zaatari camp, the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, sits less than 12 kilometers away from the border between Syria and northern Jordan. Rows of houses disappear into the...

IRAN: Abuse of 11-year-old child bride sees some lawmakers calling for reforms

Center for Human Rights in Iran (21.02.2019) - https://bit.ly/2BXMmYa- News of an 11-year-old girl in the Iranian city of Ilam being repeatedly raped after being illegally married off to a man four times her age has renewed protests by some members of Parliament...

USA: Utah lawmakers debate ban on child marriages

Public News Service (27.02.2019) -https://bit.ly/2U6y3qZ- A bill aimed at halting child marriages in Utah has been approved by a legislative committee and will advance to the full state House of Representatives. House Bill 234 would ban all marriages in which one or...

TURKEY: 440 women were killed in 2018: Women’s rights group

By Zeynep Bilgehan   Hurriyet Daily News (25.02.2019) - https://bit.ly/2Xn39wK- A staggering 440 women were killed in Turkey in 2018, according to an organization that keeps a tally of femicides across the country.   Of this number, 131 were logged as “shady...

USA/WORLD: How the global gag rule undermines Ivanka Trump’s plan to empower women

A new White House initiative aims to economically uplift women in developing countries — but gender equality advocates see a big flaw.   By Nicole Fallert   Vox (25.02.2019) - https://bit.ly/2E9dwLS- Ivanka Trump has her next project.   The president’s...

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Women's Rights & Religion

A report on women's rights and Christianity, Islam, and Judaism

In hopes to discover and highlight the powerful potential that religion and religious leaders have to help guarantee women’s rights around the world, this report examines current tensions that exist between women’s rights and some interpretations of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish doctrines.

This report addresses early, forced and child marriages, female genital mutilation, violence against women, ‘honour’ killing, public dress codes, and reproductive rights. Through these various facets of women’s rights, the report explores the ways in which religious texts, practices, cultural influences, and patriarchal systems influence or motivate violations of these rights.



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