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WHO Report: Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women

June 21, 2013

 

WHO has published a report on violence against women using data from all regions of the world.

 

The report compiles data from all over the world to analyze two types of violence against women - violence by a partner and sexual violence by a non-partner.

Also included is an important and shocking finding that about a third of women worldwide have experienced violence in some form during their lives.

 

For the full report, click here.

Bangladesh: Matrilineal Marriage- 'My Mother and I are Married to the Same Man'

June 7, 2013

When her widowed mother remarried, Parvin Rema, then 13, was part of the deal – one of several such arrangements in Bangladesh.

European women go on trial for topless Tunis protest

June 7, 2013

Three European women went on trial in Tunis on Wednesday for holding a topless anti-Islamic protest, and their French lawyer said he was confident they would escape prison despite the threat of jail sentences.

 Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern from France, and Josephine Markmann from Germany arrived in court around 0930 GMT wearing the traditional Tunisian headscarf, or safsari.

Indian Police Arrest 3 Men in Alleged Rape of American Woman

June 7, 2013

Indian police said they arrested three men Thursday in connection with the alleged gang rape of an American tourist this week in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

Indonesian Muslim Hardliners Vow to Stop Miss World

June 7, 2013

Islamic hardliners vowed Thursday to stop the “immoral” Miss World beauty pageant taking place in Indonesia even after organisers agreed this year's contestants would not wear bikinis.

The Hizb ut-Tahrir group slammed the show as like “selling women's bodies”and threatened to hold demonstrations against it, while a group in the province where the final is due to take place also voiced strong opposition.

Thailand: Rape Victims in Deep South Silenced by State Payouts

June 3, 2013

Angkhana Neelaphaijit, a leading rights advocate for Thai Muslims, has voiced concern over continued sexual assaults against Muslim women by security officials stationed in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.


The widow of abducted lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit, who has been providing legal assistance to Muslim suspects in the three southern border provinces, voiced concerns during an address at a press conference by Amnesty International.

Afghanistan: Justice as Torture - Inside Badam Bagh Women’s Prison in Kabul

June 3, 2013

Listening to the women in Badam Bagh, it occurred to me that the entire justice system introduced in Afghanistan had become the cattle prod or taser in that story, an instrument of torture delivered perhaps with the best of intentions.

 

Saudi Arabia: Sold for a Playstation and a Car

June 2, 2013

Twelve year old Fatima was sold into marriage to a fifty year old man in 2010. Her father Ali, who was unemployed and addicted to drugs, sold her into marriage for a sum of 40,000 Saudi Riyals (approximately £7,000), which he used to buy himself a car.