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Gambie: Deux membres du Réseau international de solidarité Femmes sous lois musulmanes (WLUML) militantes contre les mutilations génitales féminines, ont été arrêtées, en Gambie

Les autorités de la Gambie ont commencé à agir contre les militants des droits des femmes qui travaillent pour la cessation des mutilations génitales féminines. Le directeur exécutif du Comité Gambie contre les pratiques traditionnelles (GAMCOTRAP) Dr. Isatou Touray, et son adjointe Amie Bojang Sissoho ont été arrêtés lundi par la police pour des raisons inexpliquées, le journal La liberté ne peut rapport. Le Dr. Touray et Madame Sissoho sont actuellement détenus au quartier général de la police dans la capitale Banjul.

Gambia: Women's rights defenders Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho arrested and detained without charge

October 15, 2010

UPDATE: Women’s Human Rights Defenders in the Gambia and WLUML networkers, Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho, were freed on the morning of Wednesday 20 October, after paying a bail of 1,500,000 dalasi (local currency). Details of their trial will shortly be posted.

ALGERIA: Ongoing massacres of women: Call on authorities to ensure protection of women in Hassi Messaoud!

For several WEEKS now, women have been subjected to murderous attacks in the South of Algeria; this has provoked international protests and calls for the intervention of the United Nations Special Rapporteurs. It is crucial that these initial protests are relayed and supported by a large number of organisations across the world. These events remind us of the tragic days of July 2001 which saw hundreds of women, “tortured, stoned, raped and buried alive”, as recalled by the Algerian press.

Stoning is Not our Culture: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights and Religious Discourses in Iran and Nigeria

March, 2010
Rochelle Terman & Mufuliat Fijabi

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Stoning is a cruel form of torture that is used to punish men and women for adultery and other 'improper' sexual relations. It is currently sanctioned by law and carried out by state actors in at least two countries, and at least seven individuals have been stoned to death in the last five years.

"Trokosi" - Ritual Servitude & Sexual Abuse

March 19, 2008

The most recent report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences on her mission to Ghana, highlights the practice of offering daughters as 'trokosi' to a traditional fetish shrine to ward off the punishment of the gods for crimes or moral wrongdoings committed by a family member.

“My husband cut off my arms for having a girl”

February 28, 2008

Francine Nijimbere relies entirely on her mother for basic things like bathing and eating. Her husband cut off her arms up to the elbows in 2004, for failing to give birth to a boy. She was pregnant at the time and lost the baby due to her injuries, which included cuts on her stomach. The man - a soldier - was arrested and later sentenced to life in prison but was recently released following a presidential pardon.

Sanaa Awadkareem: Forced into marriage, disfigured by acid

March 2, 2008

Sanaa Awadkareem was forced into marriage and then disfigured with acid by her estranged husband.

The tragedy of Sanaa Awadalkareem, a victim of a unique case of domestic violence of the worst kind, became a case of public interest when it was highlighted in local and international news articles, first published in Alrayaam newspaper (Sudan) and consequently on Sudanesonline (an electronic news outlet, concerned with issues pertaining to the Sudan;

Sierra Leone government to ban female circumcision

February 4, 2008

The new government in Sierra Leone has vowed to outlaw female circumcision, a common practice in the West African country, the social welfare minister said Monday.

Acid Attack on Woman Shocks Ethiopia

March 28, 2007

Kamilat Mehdi, 21, had a bright future ahead of her. She dreamt about doing a degree and becoming an air hostess.

The Price of Abuse

December 2, 2007

Shame, violence, abuse, shame - the circle is complete for women of the East as they face a recurring nightmare of the denial of rights and justice.In most cases of violence against women, the role of society and how it perceives these unfortunate women is a crucial factor in the kind of justice they ultimately receive.