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Stand In Solidarity With Courageous Women's Human Rights Defenders

Stand In Solidarity With Courageous Women's Human Rights Defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"...However, the world is still far from the vision articulated in Beijing. Approximately 1 in 3 women throughout the world will experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Less than a quarter of parliamentarians in the world are women. In over 50 countries there is no legal protection for women against domestic violence. Almost 300,000 women and girls died in 2013 from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Approximately 1 in 3 married women aged 20 to 24 were child brides. In many parts of the world, women and girls cannot make decisions on their most private matters -- sexuality, marriage, children. Girls and women who pursue their own life choices are still murdered by their own families in the dishonorable practice of so-called honor killings. All of our societies remain affected by stereotypes based on the inferiority of women, which often denigrate, humiliate and sexualize them...."

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Pakistan clerics issue stoning death decree

Pakistan clerics issue stoning death decree | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"[A] daughter is a gift by Allah. And the feeling of being dishonoured by your daughter is forbidden in Islam," the edict, issued on Friday, reads.

"Killing one's daughter and humiliating them is a sign of ignorance."...

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Break the Silence on Honor Killing

Break the Silence on Honor Killing | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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It is time the older generation in Kurdistan understands that development does not only show in wealth or wellbeing. It also shows in respect for women. That now women study, graduate and work, and that marriage and children are not their whole lives anymore is to be respected.

It is a clash of generations, and of modernity and tradition. You cannot prevent that clash, but you can try to make people realize that the rules have changed, that society can no longer agree to women being forced into marriages and killed because they threaten the honor of the family....'

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Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar

Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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By way of background, Burma's record on human trafficking has prompted the United States to place it on a Tier 2 Watch List for the past two years. The Watch List is reserved for countries that fail to comply with minimum standards -- from preventing trafficking to investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of the crime to protecting victims -- as set forth in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

In Myanmar, security forces have subjected both Muslim men and women to forced labor. Women, however, have been reportedly forced into prostitution and other forms of slavery as well. In fact, according to a U.S. Department of State 2012 human rights report, Burmese officials have reportedly kidnapped Rohingya women and forced them into slavery on military bases.

Burmese security forces also systematically rape and assault women and girls which also contributes to human trafficking and exploitation....

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Bahrain: Regime forces shamelessly abuse woman in home raid

Bahrain: Regime forces shamelessly abuse woman in home raid | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini woman was attacked by regime forces who raided her house in Aali village, on Wednesday early morning hours. The attack is a moral downfall for these forces who have no deterrent to perpetrate atrocities and violations against citizens in daily practices.

The forces had surrounded the woman in her home, while one person stood over her holding her as he pepper-sprayed her face. The woman was trying to protect her son who was severely beaten in front of her by masked civilian forces who raided the house without presenting any legal warrant. The masked forces broke open the door not giving the women in the house a chance to cover themselves. This kind of behavior is considered seriously provocative in the Bahraini society that does not accept degrading treatment of women under any justification. .....

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#Saudi #women must be given the right to drive!

On October 26th Saudi women will take to the streets and drive their cars in protest of the prohibition on women driving. This video is a salute to any woman...
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What a beautiful voice!  Great message too....

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High profile attacks on women in Afghanistan undermine rights campaign

High profile attacks on women in Afghanistan undermine rights campaign | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Taliban fighters have kidnapped a female parliamentarian who was travelling by car through Afghanistan's central Ghazni province with her children, a local police commander said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of high-profile, violent attacks on women.

Successive, often deadly assaults on women working in state institutions are fuelling concern that hard-won women's rights promoted by the United States and its allies are eroding as international forces prepare to withdraw next year....

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UNPO: Iranian Kurdistan: Protesting Sexist Punishment

UNPO: Iranian Kurdistan: Protesting Sexist Punishment | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Kurdish men and women in Iran have cross-dressed to protest a ‘sexist’ punishment where a man was sentenced to be paraded down the street in female clothing.

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Kurdish men from the Marivan County in the Kurdistan province of Iran have launched a cross-dressing campaign to redress outmoded concepts of masculinity and femininity.

Over the last week, over 150 Kurdish men have posted photographs of themselves in women’s clothing to campaign against the sexist nature of a court sentence which led to the public humiliation of a man by dressing him in women’s clothing.

The campaign, entitled Kurd Men for Equality is a response to a sentence given to a convicted man by the Marivan County tribunal court on 15 April. The campaign's tagline reads: ‘Being a woman is not a way for humiliation or punishment.’

According to Saman Rasoulpour, the convicted man was paraded down the streets of Marivan in a red tchador (traditional Kurdish women’s clothing).

Rasoulpour stated that public humiliation is a common punishment for troublemakers.

Rasoulpour told us: ‘[In] this way, authorities are able to both demean the accused and deliver a warning to the public.’

However, Rasoulpour emphasized: ‘This is the first time in Iran that an accused is paraded in women’s clothes in the streets to humiliate him. It is unprecedented anywhere in Iran.’

In response to the judge’s sentence, a local feminist organization of Marivan called the Marivan Womens' Community held a protest against the misogynistic punishment. The protest brought one hundred women on the streets of Marivan in a civil resistance campaign for gender equality....

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UN body adopts women's rights declaration

UN body adopts women's rights declaration | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A United Nations policy-making body has agreed upon a declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls despite concerns from conservative Muslim countries and the Vatican about references to women's sexual and reproductive rights.

Conservative Muslim and Roman Catholic countries and more liberal nations on Friday night reached a consensus on a compromise document to loud applause at the end of a contentious two-week meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Nigeria and Sudan, along with Honduras and the Vatican, expressed reservations about the declaration, but did not block adoption of the 18-page text.

While the declaration of the commission, created in 1946 for the advancement of women, is non-binding, diplomats and rights activists say it carries enough global weight to pressure countries to improve the lives of women and girls....

 

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Women's Day, Friday, March 8 | Support the Human Rights of Women

We are excited to invite you to a special live streamed event on International Women's Day, Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. EST: What the U.S. Can Do to Support the Human Rights of Women

When the new Secretary of State, John Kerry, took the helm at Foggy Bottom he quipped, "I have big heels to fill." In President Obama's second term, how will the United States advance protections for the rights and security of women around the globe? In recognition of International Women's Day, Human Rights First will host a livestreamed online conversation on what's next for U.S. leadership on international women's rights.

You can watch the discussion live on International Women's Day, Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. EST.

Featured Panelists:

Alex Arriaga, Managing Partner at Strategy for HumanityHeather Hurlburt, Executive Director at National Security NetworkJoan Timoney, Director of Advocacy and External Relations at the Women's Refugee CommissionJennifer Windsor, Associate Dean for Programs and Studies, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign ServiceModerated by: Elisa Massimino, President and CEO at Human Rights First

Tune in and join the conversation!

Sincerely,

Caroline Phillips
Human Rights First

 

Site link:  http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2013/03/04/womens-day/

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Rapes by Burmese security forces 'may cause more strife' in troubled region

Rapes by Burmese security forces 'may cause more strife' in troubled region | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Teenage victim describes how at least 13 women were raped overnight in Arakan state, which has been focus of ethnic riots
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IPS – Gaza Gags Civil Liberties | Inter Press Service

IPS – Gaza Gags Civil Liberties | Inter Press Service | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

GAZA CITY, Feb 12 2013 (IPS) - Gaza is becoming increasingly radicalised as Hamas continues its crackdown on civil liberties, press freedom and the rights of women. In the last few weeks a number of journalists have been arrested and accused of being involved in “suspicious activities”, several detainees shot dead by police during arrest attempts, and female students asked to abide by a strict Islamic dress code.

“Hamas is on a gradual track of the Islamisation of Gazan society, which goes against their early promises,” Dr Samir Awad from Birzeit University near Ramallah tells IPS. “Most people in Gaza, even the most conservative, oppose this. Gazans are already very conservative and they don’t need Hamas dictating their religion to them.”

Women have borne the brunt of the crackdown. Gaza’s Al Aqsa University has announced that female students will be required to wear full traditional Muslim garb, from head to toe.

Some female students have expressed outrage, claiming that the new demands are in violation of their public freedom. They say that already female students are modestly dressed but that some prefer wearing pants and a long overcoat rather than a burka, abaya or hijab.

In the past, Hamas has banned women from riding on the backs of motorbikes, from smoking water pipes, and men from working in female hair salons – saying such practices were immodest. Not all bans, however, have been imposed uniformly.

“Hamas has also banned mixed parties and mixed activities as well as enforcing other restrictions on women but not on men. Gaza’s entire seashore has practically been confiscated by Hamas as if it is their private property and they decide who can access the area and when,” Awad tells IPS.

The dress code decision has also further undermined the latest unity efforts between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA)-affiliated Fatah movement.

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"Ana Lama" : Anger over Saudi child death case

"Ana Lama" :  Anger over Saudi child death case | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The case of a five-year-old Saudi girl who died after allegedly being beaten by her father has sparked outrage and an online campaign in the kingdom.

The girl, Lama, was the daughter of Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic preacher who made regular appearances on TV.

He was arrested after Lama's death in November but was reportedly absolved by the judge in the case.

The verdict has sparked an online campaign calling for punishment for violence against women and children.

Saudi media reports said that Ghamdi had paid 200,000 riyals ($50,000; £31,500) in "blood money" - a sum that can be paid to relatives of a murder victim and which, if accepted, can replace a death sentence.

The amount is half what would have been necessary if Lama had been male. ...

 

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Homepage - AWID

Homepage - AWID | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
awid.org offers the latest news, in-depth analysis, practical tools, announcements and jobs on women's rights and gender and development from around the world.
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Women's rights and gender development are very important to me both as a woman and as a PERSON.  This is a very interesting website focusing on the topic.

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Karzai urged to veto women no protection bill

Karzai urged to veto women no protection bill | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Rights groups say a proposed law in Afghanistan will allow perpetrators of domestic violence to escape prosecution, and are calling for international pressure to prevent President Hamid Karzai from signing it into law.

Afghanistan's parliament, a two-chamber house dominated by conservative Muslim leaders and former warlords, passed a "criminal procedure law" last year, which experts say contains articles that deny women legal protections.

To go into force, it needs President Karzai's signature.

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a new criminal procedure code that would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced or child marriage," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement published on its website on Wednesday....

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Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013: official

Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013: official | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told Reuters in a telephone interview that the brutality of attacks on women had greatly intensified.

"The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape," she said. "Mass rape... It's against dignity, against humanity."

She attributed the increase in crime to a culture of impunity and the imminent departure of international troops and aid workers, leaving women more exposed to attack. In addition, more cases were reported as women became aware of their rights

"The presence of the international community and provincial reconstruction teams in most of the provinces was giving people confidence," Samar said.

"There were people there trying to protect women. And that is not there anymore, unfortunately."

Most foreign forces are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year and it is unclear whether any will remain beyond 2014 as relations deteriorate between Afghan authorities and their U.S. backers.

An AIHRC spokesman said the latest figures for 2013 showed a 25 percent increase in cases for March through September.

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Egyptian women get jail terms over protests

Egyptian women get jail terms over protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Group of 21 women, including minors, face 11 years in jail for rally, as interim PM defends state response to protests.
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Survey Slams Egypt on Women's Rights

Survey Slams Egypt on Women's Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation says Egypt ranks the lowest of 20 Arab states in the area of women's rights. Trafficking in women, harassment, genital mutilation, and generall...
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Akhil Mohan's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:53 PM

why this article- This article provides the reader with the outcome when women have no rights

The benefit from reading- This article does a good job using adjectives to appeal to the readers emotion. The article talks about the problems women face in Egypt, problems such as Trafficking in women, harassment, genital mutilation, and generally conservative attitudes.

Half the sky connection-  Half the sky foundation cannot do much here because of the rules women are bound to. Women here face great odds and at most times are unable to overcome these odds.

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Beware of the Middle East's Fake Feminists

Beware of the Middle East's Fake Feminists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We've all heard the story before: those Arab dictators may be mad with power, but at least they end up treating women better than Islamists do. The Arab world is sorted into states that are good-to-women and bad-to-women, with countries from Morocco to Qatar getting a pass for their supposed progressivism when it comes to feminist issues. In fact, this simplification masks the inequality that persists in these so-called "progressive" states. These authoritarian governments are tricking the world by showing off the few women found within their higher ranks as proof of their liberal stance on women's issues. But these women are the exception, not the rule. ...

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#Saudi prince rapes, kills Saudi girl

#Saudi prince rapes, kills Saudi girl | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Police in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has confirmed the news that a girl had been raped and murdered by a Saudi prince.
The scandal was another loop in a chain of moral and ethical scandals on Saudi corrupt princes and their crime against Saudi citizens.

The story began when the witnesses in Samer, a Jeddah suburb, saw that a girl was dropped out of a JMC automobile and the car drives away, evening May 30. People witnessing the event immediately wrapped the girl in a blanket and contact the police.

After police arrived, preliminary investigation indicated that the girl had died. JMC plate number fed into the automobile surveillance system of traffic police and it revealed that it belonged to a Saudi prince.

Then, extensive investigation was launched, with the initial result that the prince was no other person than Khalid bin Sa’ad bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who, met the girl in Wednesday evening in famous Al-Tuhayat shopping mall. The girl defied the prince.

Then, the girl was kidnapped by complicity of Tariq al-Maqrebi, an associate of the prince’s, and transferred to an unknown place, where she was sexually harassed.

The girl’s attempt to escape led to physical grapple between them, and finally to death of the girl. Saudi prince stripped the girl and dropped her out of his car.

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Muslim Brotherhood Slams U.N. Women's Rights Declaration

Muslim Brotherhood Slams U.N. Women's Rights Declaration | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Women's rights activists say they are a powerful force to be reckoned with, pulling together a broad spectrum of activist groups. “All of us are united now around one thing: women's rights,” says Inas Mekkawy, an advocate. “Women will not allow the Muslim Brotherhood to accomplish any of these plans.”...


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Bahrain: On International Women's Day (8th March) / Videos

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Bahrain: On International Women Day...

Numbers and documentations made by human rights organizations in Bahrain show  that more 230 Bahraini females were arbitrarily arrested,  including children. 72 of which were arrested from their work places, 65 women were summoned and 58 female medics  were arrested. Records also show that some female prisoners are still behind bars, a number of were abducted from their houses after midnight.

 

More than 14 women are reported to have been martyred due to the official violence and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters. Bahya Al-Aradi is one martyr who was killed  by direct targeting with live ammunition, while other female martyrs died of asphyxia caused by toxic gas fired excessively at houses. Amina Sayed Mahdi, 36, was the last victim of toxic gas suffocation who died in her home town Abu Saibe'a.

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Flogging sentence for Maldives rape victim(s)

Flogging sentence for Maldives rape victim(s) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said.

The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby. He is still to face trial.

Prosecutors said her conviction did not relate to the rape case.

Amnesty International condemned the punishment as "cruel, degrading and inhumane".

The government said it did not agree with the punishment and that it would look into changing the law.....

The legal system of the Maldives, an Islamic archipelago with a population of some 400,000, has elements of Islamic law (Sharia) as well as English common law.

Ahmed Faiz, a researcher with Amnesty International, said flogging was "cruel, degrading and inhumane" and urged the authorities to abolish it.

"We are very surprised that the government is not doing anything to stop this punishment - to remove it altogether from the statute books."

"This is not the only case. It is happening frequently - only last month there was another girl who was sexually abused and sentenced to lashes."

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Egypt's women brandish knives at sex assault protests

Egypt's women brandish knives at sex assault protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

One hard-line cleric, Mohammed Abdullah, said women who go to protests "were going there to get raped."

 

Ultraconservative group suggests assaults are the fault of the womanHarassment has been a long-time problem in patriarchal EgyptSex assaults at protests are on the rise

 

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: an epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain.

The backlash, which includes self-defense courses for women and even threats of violent retaliation, is fueled by ultraconservative Islamists who suggest that women invite assault by attending anti-government protests where they mix with men.

At marches against sexual harassment in Cairo, women have brandished kitchen knives in the air. Stenciled drawings on building walls depict girls fighting off men with swords. Signs threaten to "cut off the hand" of attackers.

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Israel detains women over prayer shawls

Israel detains women over prayer shawls | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Rosenfeld said the women had acted "against regulations set by the High Court", citing a decision of a decade ago upholding Orthodox rules at the site to avoid tension between worshippers.

The incident highlighted the divisions between the more liberal branches of Judaism and politically powerful Orthodox groups that traditionally limit the role of women in prayer.

Susan Silverman, who immigrated to Israel from Boston, said police escorted the group to a station after they refused to remove prayer shawls.

She said in a telephone interview from the police station where the group was held that they had been among more
than 100 women attending the hour-long prayer session.

"They [police] said 'take off your prayer shawls', and we said 'no'," Silverman said. Once the prayers were over they were escorted away, Silverman said. 

Silverman also said the Orthodox tradition barring women from wearing prayer shawls amounted to "spitting on Sinai", naming the site where the Bible says God handed the ancient Israelite leader Moses the 10 Commandments.

"All Jews are in a covenant with God," regardless of their gender, she said.

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