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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!

‘Negligent rape’: Has Sweden’s sexual consent law led to change?

By Catherine Edwards   Thelocal.se (12.07.2019) - https://bit.ly/2JB2XoL - One year ago, Sweden introduced a law change that meant sex without explicit consent was considered as rape, including when the victim did not actively say 'no'. The Local spoke to experts...

South Sudan court annuls child marriage of 16-year-old in landmark case

South Sudan has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. By Hellen Toby   Global Citizen (09.07.2019) - https://bit.ly/2NZbXIH - A court in South Sudan has annulled a child marriage, in a rare legal case that activists say could signal a turning...

USA: Top female GOP senators just introduced a bill to fight the abhorrent practice of female genital mutilation

By Andrea G. Bottner   Washington Examiner (28.06.2019) - https://washex.am/2LalqKT- Most Americans are shocked to hear that more than 200 million young women and girls around the world have been subjected to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation....

AFRICA: African Development Bank President attends historic African Union summit, decries child marriage

AfricaNews.com (08.07.2019) - https://bit.ly/2NIuWHk- The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina joined continental leaders in Niger for an African Union summit which saw the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement –...

INDONESIA: Forcing your wife to have sex is rape: Komnas Perempuan

The Jakarta Post (09.07.2019) - https://bit.ly/30tr5iT- In response to a recent case of a man allegedly assaulting his wife for refusing sex, the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has said that forcing your wife to have sex is a form of...

African nations urged to enforce family laws to protect women

By Nita Bhalla   Thomson Reuters Foundation (02.07.2019) - https://tmsnrt.rs/306dei0 - Women and girls in Africa are still being pushed into forced or early marriages, while those in unhappy unions face discrimination when seeking divorce, campaigners said on...

IRAQ: They escaped ISIS. Then they got sucked into Baghdad’s sex trafficking underworld

By Arwa Damon, Ghazi Balkiz, Brice Laine and Aqeel Najm   CNN (03.07.2019) - https://cnn.it/2Nqj2S6- Nadia's handshake is strong, but her voice trembles as she says hello. Leaning against a window, she describes in painful detail the twisted journey that saw her...

African survivors of female circumcision call for help with mental trauma

By Nellie Peyton   Reuters (18.06.2019 ) - https://reut.rs/2KlsqnG - African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) said mental health services are their biggest need and urged governments and charities to provide support for dealing with long-term trauma....

LEBANON: Refugee girls in Beirut ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage’

More than half the refugee girls living in Lebanon's capital face sexual violence and harassment regularly, report says.   Al Jazeera (18.06.2019) - https://bit.ly/2ZuKqzt - More than half of the girls living as refugees in Beirut have reported that they face...

Many women in Morocco face abuse at home, some are now speaking out

Euronews.com (10.06.2019) - https://bit.ly/31skVRr - Bearing pictures of scars and bruises she said she had suffered at home, Fatna Ben Ghala sought help at a women’s counselling centre in a poor neighbourhood near Morocco’s capital Rabat after she and her mother...

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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.

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