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For International Women Human Rights Defenders Day – 29 November 2016

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Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat to women defending human rights, UN experts warn. GENEVA (25 November 2016) – Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations rights experts* has warned. In a statement to mark International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on …

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Human Rights Watch writes letter to Donald Trump, listing everything he should backtrack on

Human Rights Watch writes letter to Donald Trump, listing everything he should backtrack on

The list is not short – it includes hateful rhetoric, deporting immigrants, curtailing women’s rights and aligning with abusive governments. Campaign and advocacy group Human Rights Watch has written to president-elect Donald Trump, urging him to reverse several proposals that would endanger the safety of millions of people. In the letter by executive director Kenneth Roth, he said Mr Trump …

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Women across US planning to get IUDs before Trump possibly removes reproductive rights

Women across US planning to get IUDs before Trump possibly removes reproductive rights

The president-elect and his running mate run a strongly anti-choice campaign It is still two months before Donald Trump takes office. But after the Republican candidate ran a strongly anti-choice campaign – at one point he suggested women who had abortions should be “punished” – there are mounting concerns about whether the next US administration would work to limit access …

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Women’s Boat to Gaza set to start journey to besieged Palestinian enclave

Women’s Boat to Gaza set to start journey to besieged Palestinian enclave

The Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) is set to depart the Spanish port of Barcelona and sail to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip to bring world attention to the plight of Palestinian living under a devastating siege in the coastal sliver. The flotilla, comprising Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva vessels, will start the voyage on Wednesday and head to France’s Ajaccio. It will …

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Muslim women most disadvantaged, say MPs

Muslim women most disadvantaged, say MPs

Muslim women are the most economically disadvantaged group in British society, according to a report by MPs. Ministers must introduce a plan to tackle the inequalities before the end of the year, the Women and Equalities Committee said. Figures suggest they are three times more likely to be unemployed jobseekers than women generally, and twice as likely to be economically …

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Mexico: Sexual violence routinely used as torture to secure “confessions” from women

Mexico: Sexual violence routinely used as torture to secure “confessions” from women

An unprecedented Amnesty International investigation of 100 women arrested in Mexico reveals that they are routinely sexually abused by the security forces who want to secure confessions and boost figures in an attempt to show that they are tackling rampant organized crime. All of the 100 women held in federal prisons who reported torture or other ill-treatment to Amnesty International …

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A French Minister Has Compared Muslim Women to ‘American Negroes’

A French Minister Has Compared Muslim Women to ‘American Negroes’

She has apologized for her choice of words, but stands by her general observation France’s Minister for Women’s Rights has found herself in hot water after comparing Muslim women who wear their faith’s traditional garments to “American negroes” who supported slavery. Laurence Rossignol, the government minister, made the remark during a French television interview on Wednesday. She was condemning retailers …

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Occupied Lives: Imprisonment of Palestinian Women and Girls

Occupied Lives: Imprisonment of Palestinian Women and Girls

Since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, approximately 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces. Currently, there are approximately 60 Palestinian females held in occupation prisons and detention centers, including 10 female children and 3 administrative detainees. In 2015, occupation forces arrested 106 Palestinian women and girls, representing an increase of 70% compared with the …

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PA approves bill for protection of women against violence

PA approves bill for protection of women against violence

LAHORE: The historic Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill 2015 that faced a lot of opposition even from the government quarters and was finally passed by the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday provides, for the first time in the history of the country, comprehensive protection to women against a range of crimes. The list of crimes includes abatement of an …

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Bosnian women protest at ban on Hijab

Bosnian women protest at ban on Hijab

Women in Bosnia took to the streets Sunday, to protest a ban on the donning of customary Muslim headscarves at judicial institutions. Around 2,000 women carried out an hour-long march through the country’s capital city, Sarajevo, reports the BBC. Although the ban, instituted by a regulatory authority for Bosnia’s judiciary, encompasses all “religious signs,” it specifically mentions the headscarf or …

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