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Afghanistan: End trend of Women Jailed for ‘Running Away’

September 18, 2012

(Kabul) – High-level Afghan government officials have for the first time publicly confirmed that it is not a criminal offense for women and girls to “run away” from home, Human Rights Watch said today. The officials also confirmed fleeing violence or running away was not a basis for women’s detention or prosecution.

Turkey: Vendetta Song

July 13, 2012

A young Turkish woman, now resident in Canada, travels to Turkey in an attempt to unravel the story behind her aunt Guzide's murder, some 30 years earlier in a remote Kurdish village.

As she searches for clues and closure, she encounters antiquated customs in a Kurdish culture she has never known. She knows that her aunt was a victim of a senseless vendetta killing and as she ventures from village to village she pieces together the woman's final days and closes in on the identity of her killer.

India: Women emerge as strong leaders during village council elections

August 5, 2012

Dhenkanal/ Odisha, 15 February, 2012: Bharati Behra has great apirations for her people. As a recently elected Sarpanch  or village head, she hopes to become the voice of tribals from the area. “I want to make the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act  easier for women to access,” she says. The Act guarantees paid employment for a minimum of 100 days in rural India.

Elected from Kankadpal during panchayat or village council elections in Odisha state of India, Bharati’s victory is a trimuph for the tribal women of her region.

Pakistan & India: Honour killing cases on the rise

July 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Despite hard work on the part of numerous legislators and human rights activists, a steady number of ‘honour killing’ cases continue to be reported.
Earlier the killings were mostly isolated to northern Sindh, southern Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, but now the capital police are registering cases regularly especially in its rural areas.

India: The hardships women face today

July 23, 2012

In an ashram perched high on a hill above the noisy city of Guwahati in north-east India is a small exhibit commemorating the life of India's most famous son. Alongside an uncomfortable-looking divan where Mahatma Gandhi once slept is a display reminding visitors of something the man himself said in 1921: "Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex (not the weaker sex)."

Paquistán: ¡Firma la Petición! Protege a las Defensoras de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres en Paquistán, especialmente, en las áreas tribales bajo administración federal (FATA)

July 9, 2012

Es extremadamente grave que se permita a las fuerzas regresivas extremistas perpetuar el reino del terror sobre la población tribal, especialmente, sobre las mujeres que se desempeñan en servicios públicos. Además del hecho de que estos elementos son identificables, las autoridades de gobierno han fallado totalmente en hacer valer y respetar el Estado de Derecho. Las omisiones del Estado y su inactividad de cara al asesinato y a las amenazas en contra de las personas han resultado en la completa impunidad para aquellos que cometen este tipo de actos terroristas, con consecuencias fatales para sus víctimas.

Pakistan: Signez la pétition soutenant les femmes défenseures des droits humains au Pakistan

July 9, 2012

Le 4 Juillet 2012, cette jeune femme de 25 ans a été prise en embuscade et abattue devant sa résidence à Hayatabad, Khyber Agency, une zone tribale de la région FATA. Selon les rapports de presse, il parait évident que Farida Afridi a été assassinée parce qu'elle était une femme défenseure des droits humains qui s’impliquait dans une organisation non gouvernementale (SAWERA) travaillant pour le bien-être des femmes des communautés tribales.

Afghanistan: Execution of Afghan Woman Causes Outraged Activists to Mobilize

July 11, 2012

Women’s rights activists marched in Kabul to protest the videotaped execution of a young woman, apparently by the Taliban.

Protesters say the killing shows the Taliban has not changed—and is a harbinger of what’s to come if they return to power.

Pakistan: Amar Sindhu injured in attack

July 9, 2012

Shirkat Gah is deeply disturbed by the murderous attack on our General Body member Professor Amr Sindhi of Hyderabad University, Jamshoro and Dr. Arfana Mallah. This growing trend to silence dissent through intimidation and violence is indicative of the growing brutalization of our society and must be stopped immediately.

Pakistan: Killing of NGO worker Farida Afridi in Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency

July 9, 2012

Women's Action Forum (WAF) Lahore is deeply disturbed by the shocking news of the killing of Ms. Farida Afridi in the Khyber Agency. It is evident from news reports that she was killed because she was a woman human rights defender associated with a non-government organization working for the welfare of tribal women. This is not the first killing of a human rights defender in the tribal area and it sends a chilling message to the whole community of civil society organizations working for people’s rights and for their development and welfare.

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