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Topless trio 'abused' in Belarus

Topless trio 'abused' in Belarus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Ukrainian women's group specialising in topless protests says three of its activists were kidnapped and abused in Belarus before being abandoned.
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Libyan women battle for empowerment

Libyan women battle for empowerment | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
They helped smuggle weapons and ammunition to fighters during the revolution. Now, Libyan women have their own battle to fight - for empowerment, reports the BBC's Caroline Hawley.
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Saudi woman executed for sorcery

Saudi woman executed for sorcery | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Saudi woman has been executed for practising "witchcraft and sorcery", the country's interior ministry says...
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Saudi Arabia: Would Letting Women Drive End Virginity?

Saudi Arabia: Would Letting Women Drive End Virginity? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A report from a religious council in Saudi Arabia called the Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala concluded that relaxing the country’s rules that keep women from driving would lead to premarital sex and essentially mark the end of virginity.
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What Do Saudi Somen Want?

What Do Saudi Somen Want? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

What do Saudi women want? I wish I could give you an easy answer. But Saudi Arabia is a diverse land -- spread out across a vast territory almost a fourth the size of the United States and divided by religious sects and among some 45 tribes. Divining the Saudi people's demands, never mind those of Saudi women, is no simple task.

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Israeli secular, religious ministers hold heated debate over women's rights

Israeli secular, religious ministers hold heated debate over women's rights | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Likud's Limor Livnat warns that exclusion of women leads to violence against women; Shas minister Nahari: We must respect those who find women's singing offensive.
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Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes'

Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has announced that it has the right to cover women's eyes—'especially the tempting ones.'...
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Egypt army kills hope: female presidential candidate

Egypt army kills hope: female presidential candidate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Egyptian military is stifling hope for change and cannot be trusted to manage the country's transition to democracy, the nation's first female presidential candidate said Tuesday.She...
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Tunisian women demonstrate to protect their rights

Tunisian women demonstrate to preserve their rights following Islamist election victory...
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Yemen uprising binds women from many walks of life

Early in Yemen's uprising, about 20 women with banners demanding equal rights marched into the heart of the capital, joining the thousands who were calling for the ouster of the president. They were greeted with cheers.
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Tunisia women activists accuse Islamist party of reneging pre-election promises

Tunisia women activists accuse Islamist party of reneging pre-election promises | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Tunisian women activists accused Ennahda party of giving false promises during its election campaign and reneging on them after winning a majority in the National Constituent Council in the first election the country witnessed after the ouster of President Zine Elabidine ben Ali’s regime.

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Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight

Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride's hands and feet.

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Egyptian women protest in Cairo against brutal treatment

Egyptian women protest in Cairo against brutal treatment | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hundreds of women join rally against Egypt's military rule as Clinton denounces treatment of female protesters...
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Far-fetched fatwas on the rise

Far-fetched fatwas on the rise | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Good judgement and common sense should be the order of the day when it comes to dealing with such edicts...
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Sirleaf, Gbowee and Karman Accept Nobel Peace Prize

Sirleaf, Gbowee and Karman Accept Nobel Peace Prize | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, the Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and the Yemeni journalist Tawakkol Karman were honored.
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Filming Syria's Women: 'It Is Difficult Making Anything Critical of the Regime'

Filming Syria's Women: 'It Is Difficult Making Anything Critical of the Regime' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, the maker of a new film about two women in Syria discusses the role females have played in the Arab Spring, the equalizing effect of street protests and why it is hard to make documentaries that are critical of...
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Pakistani Girls Hearing, But Not Heeding, Taliban Warnings

Children cried and shook uncontrollably at the sight of the rubble and shattered glass remnants of their classroom. The Taliban had bombed yet another girls' school in Pakistan.
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The spread of female Islamic leadership

As increasing numbers of articulate women use Islamic sources to defend varying ways of life, they are challenging western feminist models, at least in name and quite often in substance, making detailed study of the full range of female Islamic leadership crucial, say Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach

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Arab women, after the revolutions

Arab women, after the revolutions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While there is no reason to panic, concern about the rise of Islamists in post-dictatorship Arab societies is warranted, especially as the rights of women are particularly and immediately open to attack.

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Turkey: Verdict in Gang Rape Case Continues to Draw Criticism

As reported in this previous post, a decision by Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals to lower the sentences imposed on a group of men found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl because she was deemed to...
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Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote

Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Post-dictatorship Tunisia’s recent election for assembly benefitted women and showed the power of technology.
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Tunisia's Islamist victory good for women, says female figurehead

Tunisia's Islamist victory good for women, says female figurehead | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The female figurehead of Tunisia's victorious Islamist party has said that its brand of Islam would help rather than hinder the advancement of women across the Arab and Muslim world.

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A Nobel laureate challenges Obama

Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Yemen, is frustrated by the "ambiguous" policies of the Obama administration toward the Arab Spring.
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