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Thousands rally in Ireland after woman denied abortion dies

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(Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland's parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital....

 

"What happened to this woman was nothing short of medieval," independent socialist member of parliament Clare Daly told the crowd. "We can't let political cowardice kill another woman."

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Malala Yousafzai: The Latest Victim in the War on Children in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai: The Latest Victim in the War on Children in Pakistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A 14-year-old activist and blogger was shot in the head on her way back from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Tuesday, the latest in a troubling string of incidents involving children in Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai was injured along with two travel companions when Taliban assailants opened fire on their vehicle in the town of Mingora. On Wednesday, Yousafzai, who started blogging about the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education in Swat when she was 11, had undergone successful surgery in a hospital in Peshawar to remove a bullet from her head.

The attack on Yousafzai made news in no small part because the Pakistani government awarded the precocious teenager a National Peace Award in December for her bravery in exposing the difficulties of living in the oppressive shadow of the Taliban. She has spoken publicly about children’s rights in Swat, and had been nominated for an international children’s peace prize. “The people of Swat are not terrorists,” she told al-Jazeera in a 2010 interview, during a period when the Taliban was in retreat. “If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns by terrorists.”

 

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Iranian woman beats up cleric for criticizing her wardrobe

Iranian woman beats up cleric for criticizing her wardrobe | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A cleric in Iran’s northern Semnan province claims he was beaten up by a woman after telling her to cover up. Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, a top religious figure in Shahrmirzad, told a passerby that she was “bad hijab” — a woman who is not fully in compliance with the country’s Islamic dress code.

She at first told Beheshti to look the other way, but he repeated his demand. Beheshti told the Iranian Mehr news agency that the woman then pushed him to the ground and began kicking him.

“From that point on, I don’t know what happened. I was just feeling the kicks of the woman who was beating me up and insulting me.”

He said he was hospitalized for three days after the incident, and the region’s prosecutor said he is “reviewing the case.”

Such incidents are not rare, Radio Free Liberty reports. Several other women have clashed with the country’s religious police, and Mehr names three other clerics who were “beaten up” by women they berated for their dress......

 

[ Any man who criticizes a woman's atire is playing with fire.......If she chooses to wear it, then it is BEAUTIFUL! .......Enough said.... ]

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Aafia Siddiqui-1991- 'Women in Islam'

Since she is such an outspoken advocate for Islam, Why has Islam turned its back on her as she languishes in American prison on false charges?

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Women victims of violence in South Kurdistan

Women victims of violence in South Kurdistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A hundred and fifty women set themselves on fire in the last four months in South Kurdistan, reported Rudaw paper on Tuesday. It was also reported that 26 women were killed or committed suicide, while 48 others were raped in the same region within the mentioned time.

The Rudaw report which was based on figures by South Kurdistan government also stated that 876 women in the region denounced right violations in the last four months.

In a report on violence against women in South Kurdistan region in 2012, government alied institution Kurdistan General Directorate of Trace Violence Against Women stated that the figures of violence victim women in the area is thought to be higher as most of these women mainly avoid applying to official authorities.

In the 2011 report of violence against women, the government of South Kurdistan reported 720 cases of systematic torture and 3766 cases of violence. The report said that 76 women were killed or committed suicide in 2011, while 330 others set themselves on fire, in the most common way of women’s suicide in the region.

However, the reports of the Forensic Medicine Institute in Silêmanî reveal higher figures. According to the figures by the Institute, 200 out of 831 women who set themselves on fire in 2009 as a result of the pressure and violence they faced lost their life in South Kurdistan. 218 women died in the first seven months of 2010, killing themselves or being victims of murder cases. As to the figures of the first six months of 2011, 48 women were killed and 207 others set their body on fire, while 671 suffered from severe torture and 63 others were subjected to ...

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Women protesters in Egypt are assaulted

Women protesters in Egypt are assaulted | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO - A mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march seeking an end to sexual harassment Friday, with the attackers overwhelming the male guardians and groping and molesting several of the female marchers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

From the ferocity of the assault, some of the victims said it appeared to have been an organized attempt to drive women out of demonstrations and trample on the prodemocracy protest movement. ...

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Al-Khalifa terrorists suffocate women on the streets......

Al-Khalifa terrorists suffocate women on the streets...... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This gal in an Abaya is just standing by the road or is on foot to her destination.....

 

The Regime in Bahrain is threatened by this and must attempt to gas her into suffocation........UNBELIEVABLE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE!

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A woman loses the debate with a muslim woman

A woman loses the debate with a muslim woman. That's how muslim women are, Brave, Religious and Pious.....

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Brave Women protesters in Bahrain!

Brave Women protesters in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Fighting for freedoms, Human Rights, and dignity is an equal opportunity pursuit in life....definitely not gender specific.....

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Financers and Sex Trafficking | We must protect Women from this HR abuse!

Financers and Sex Trafficking |  We must protect Women from this HR abuse! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Embarrassed, Goldman Sachs decides to sell its stake in a prostitution Web site.
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PETITION: Call Republican Leaders to Denounce Rush Limbaugh

PETITION: Call Republican Leaders to Denounce Rush Limbaugh | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sign our petition right now calling on Republicans leaders to denounce Rush Limbaugh's vicious anti-women tirade.

 

[Please Don't let misogyny go unchallenged!

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Rush Limbaugh's Sponsor List | Boycott ALL please!

Rush Limbaugh's Sponsor List  |  Boycott ALL please! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Freedom; Not License
It is not a right to spread stinking garbage, emotional plague and heartless cruelty over public airwaves.

"A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie." - Unknown Blogger

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Hillary Clinton Promotes Women's Rights Treaty That U.S. Has Not Yet Signed

Hillary Clinton Promotes Women's Rights Treaty That U.S. Has Not Yet Signed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We call upon all States to ratify and fulfill their obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and to implement fully Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security and other relevant UN resolutions.
There was only one problem: the United States is the only industrialized nation -- and one of only seven in the world -- that has not yet signed onto the CEDAW treaty.

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Despite law vs. female genital mutilation, practice still goes on in Kurdistan

Despite law vs. female genital mutilation, practice still goes on in Kurdistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TUTAKAL, Iraq - Amena practised female genital mutilation in her remote village in Iraqi Kurdistan for so many years that she struggles to recall how many girls passed through her hands.

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"When they do this, they cut a piece of flesh from a woman," said headman Sarhad Ajeb, sitting on the floor of Tutakal's simple mosque. "There is no mention of this practice in the holy Koran." -

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Makeup wars: Saudi woman lash out at religious police (VIDEO) — RT

Makeup wars: Saudi woman lash out at religious police (VIDEO) — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A young Saudi woman has scared off officers from the feared religious police by bravely defending her right to wear makeup and nail polish.

 

[You have to love this gal, she's feisty! ]

 

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Kyrgyzstan Women's Rights project :'Ala Kachuu' has been operational since April 2012

Kyrgyzstan Women's Rights project :'Ala Kachuu' has been operational since April 2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://is.gd/Grsjal ; More info and site to act and help!

 

It’s a regular day in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, and a young woman is walking home from university. She is taking the same route that she has strolled along almost every day, passing the same mundane scenes and seeing the same people, but today – before she reaches her front door - there will be one distressing anomaly. Today a car screeches to a halt beside her before two men leap out and take hold of her; one is gripping her arms and the other clamps his hands around her feet, lifting her off the ground. She screams and thrashes her limbs desperately but can’t stop them from forcing her into the car. She has been kidnapped in the light of day and she knows what awaits her once the car stops. Her kidnapper, with the help of his family, will force her to spend the night in his familial home. She may be raped, but even if she is lucky enough to escape that fate it will be assumed that her virginity and “honour” have been lost. Disgraced in the face of her own family and community, she will be left with no choice but to marry into this one.

This is Ala Kachuu – the alarmingly common and under-reported act of bride-abduction; a fate facing so many young women in Kyrgyzstan. Once a romantic, staged and consensual practice, Ala Kachuu has warped into a violent abuse of basic human rights effectively denying its victims the right to choose when and whom to marry. Occasionally some practice it in its purer form reminiscent of the romantic tradition, but today two thirds of Ala Kachuu customs are forced and non-consensual. To put the scale of this offence into perspective it should be known that approximately 50% of marriages in the country result from Ala Kachuu.

Although illegal, not enough is done to prevent or even reprimand this heinous crime with most people having become desensitised to the vastly common act. Restless Beings are attempting to tackle this indifference by mobilising people into action through raising awareness of the terrible consequences that can stem from it. These consequences can range from broken families, domestic violence and rape to, in severe cases, suicide.

Restless Beings Ala Kachuu Project

Partnering with an NGO in Kyrgyzstan called Sezim, our Ala Kachuu project works on three key fronts, that combined can provide long term and consistent positive change to Kyrgyz women:

A helpline that provides support & counselling to victims of Ala Kachuu
A refuge centre and home where women, sometimes with their children can try and rebuild their lives
And educational outreach programmes in schools, universities and the wider community to ensure that there aren’t more victims of Ala Kachuu.
How YOU can help

To achieve all of this though, we need your help. As it stands we need £550 per month to keep the project going, which can be funded by just 35 more people donating £15 a month to keep the project going, making a tangible difference to women’s lives. However, alternatively you can also donate a smaller amount too.

With your help in just 3 days, we have raised enough funds to buy special Eid treats- helping hampers consisting of clothes, toiletries and toys for their children- for the women at our refuge centre. However, we would still like to provide simple pampering products to the other women we meet in our outreach programmes.

Click here to Help Bring Hope to victims of Ala Kachuu.

'The Right To Choose' - RestlessBeings Kyrgyz Women's Right Project Documentary

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©2012 Restless Beings | 49-55 Golden Hillock Road, Birmingham B10 0JU

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Egyptian women worry about rights under new Islamist president

Egyptian women worry about rights under new Islamist president | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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As women of the revolution battle the patriarchal and rigid politics of Egypt's military and rising Islamists, they are also pushing for a social reawakening and an acceptance of women's freedoms. Women make up at least 52% of Egyptian society and 33% of them are considered the sole breadwinners in their households. However, the state, even after the Arab Spring uprising, has largely failed to protect them from sexual assault and domestic violence. ...

 

Women held fewer than 10 out of 508 seats in the Islamist-dominated Egyptian parliament elected this year. A court ruling dissolved the chamber last month, but during its sessions ultra-conservative Islamist parliamentarians sought to abolish women’s laws enacted under Suzanne Mubarak because they were associated with the previous regime. Efforts to undercut women also included proposals to decrease the age of marriage for girls from 16 to 14 and revoking a woman’s right to divorce her husband.

Despite concern that a Morsi government might further curtail women’s rights, a recent Gallup Poll showed that many Egyptian women were not worried about implementation of sharia, or Islamic law, or dramatic changes under the new president. The study found that 44% of women surveyed believe sharia should be the only source of law; 38% said it should be one of a number of sources.

The report also suggests that as long as there’s a struggling economy and high unemployment, there may be a "greater threat to women's rights than public support for religious legislation.”...

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Indian father accused of killing baby 'for being a girl' - CNN.com

Indian father accused of killing baby 'for being a girl' - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The United Nations has said India is the most dangerous place to be a girl. Dr. Anand Krishnan at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who has studied the gender gap for years, agrees ...

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Pakistani cleric arrested over dancing death decree

Pakistani cleric arrested over dancing death decree | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Police in Pakistan on Tuesday arrested a Muslim cleric accused of sentencing six people to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country.....

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women and girls were murdered last year after being accused of defaming their family’s honor.

The statistics highlight the scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens.

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Domestic violence is west Africa’s biggest threat: report | The Raw Story

Domestic violence is west Africa’s biggest threat: report | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Husbands, not strangers or men with guns, are now the biggest threat to women in post-conflict west Africa, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released on Tuesday.

The IRC report, Let Me Not Die Before My Time: Domestic Violence in West Africa, based on data collected over 10 years by the IRC in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast, said domestic violence is the “most urgent, pervasive and significant protection issue for women in west Africa”.

It calls on the international community to recognise domestic violence as a humanitarian issue and to increase funding significantly to address the problem, saying: “If the humanitarian community ignores what has been considered a ‘private matter’, it will fail to confront one of the most significant public health crises and primary obstacles to women’s empowerment in post-war societies.”   ...

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Female Political Prisoners In Evin Prison, Suffering From Illness And Are In Poor Health Condition

Female Political Prisoners In Evin Prison, Suffering From Illness And Are In Poor Health Condition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

IRAN: Female political prisoners in Evin prison are suffering from illness and are in poor health. According to the families of political prisoners who met on Monday with women prisoners, during the last...

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U.S. must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban - CNN.com

U.S. must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Gayle Lemmon says both sides are calling for a pullout from Afghanistan. But we must resist sacrificing women and progress to the Taliban.
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Jail may await Afghan women fleeing abuse, rape: HRW

Jail may await Afghan women fleeing abuse, rape: HRW | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - For Afghan women, the act of fleeing domestic abuse, forced prostitution or even being stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver by an abusive husband, may land them in jail while their abusers walk free, Human Rights Watch said.
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Petition LifeLock: To not Sponsor Rush Limbaugh.

Petition LifeLock: To not Sponsor Rush Limbaugh. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tell Life Lock to stop supporting the Hate That is Rush Limbaugh.
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Denounce Rush's Vile Misogyny - DSCC: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Sign the petition: I denounce Rush Limbaugh for his misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke and all women. The Republican Party should be ashamed of itself.
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