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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!

A closer look at the UK’s only FGM conviction

By Elisa Van Ruiten, Human Rights Without Frontiers   HRWF (22.05.2019) - In February 2019, the mother of a young girl became the first person in the United Kingdom to be convicted of female genital mutilation (FGM)for cutting her three-year-old daughter in...

Rohingya women, girls being trafficked to Malaysia for marriage

Al Jazeera reveals how refugees in Bangladesh camps are vulnerable to proposals from single Rohingya men in Malaysia.   By  Kaamil Ahmed   Al Jazeera (08.05.2019) -  Senwara Begum travelled for two weeks by road and boat, over mountains...

Pakistani Christian girls trafficked to China as brides

By Kathy Gannon and Dake Kang   AP News (07.05.2019) - Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back in her home...

PAKISTAN: Senate passes bill to fix marriage age as 18 for girls

–Bill was sent to CII years ago where it remained untouched without any discussion –Muslim countries that have declared 18 years as age of puberty include Bangladesh, Egypt, Turkey, Morroco, Oman, UAE, and even Saudi Arabia   Pakistan Today (29.04.2019). -...

UN Security Council adopts Resolution 2467: Calls upon belligerents worldwide to adopt concrete commitments on ending sexual violence in conflict

Members pass Resolution 2467 (2019) by 13 votes in favour, none against, as China, Russian Federation abstain   UN (23.04.2019) - The Security Council called today upon warring parties around the globe to implement concrete commitments to...

UN waters down rape resolution to appease US’s hardline abortion stance

Measure on sexual violence in conflict passes after Trump administration threatened to veto document over references to reproductive health By Liz Ford   The Guardian (23.04.2019) - The UN has backed a resolution on combatting rape in...

RUSSIA: UN committee sides against Russia in first domestic violence ruling

The Moscow Times (12.04.2019) - Russia has breached the rights of a Chechen domestic abuse victim, a United Nations women’s rights panel ruled on Friday in what has been called the UN’s first decision on domestic violence in the country.  ...

SOUTH KOREA: Country will legalize abortion after 66-year ban

By Yoonjung Seo   CNN (11.04.2019) - South Korea's 66-year abortion ban must be lifted by end of 2020 the country's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday, in a major win for pro-choice advocates.   Seven out of nine judges ruled that...

EUROPEAN UNION: Europe’s missing women leaders

The Continent is ripe for upheaval.   By Corinna Horst   Politico EU (15.04.2019) - - The European Union has a woman problem. The bloc has never had a female president of the European Commission or European Council. And just two...

SAUDI ARABIA: ‘Shrouded in secrecy’: Saudi women activists due back in court

Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights activists are due to appear in court in Riyadh on Wednesday.   By Frank Gardner   BBC (17.04.2019) - The women were arrested last May and charged with various offences including spying....

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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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