Women rights

ISIS is ‘Particularly Targeting Educated Women’ for Execution

By | 2015-01-21T15:42:40-04:00 January 21st, 2015|Women rights|

The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.   The jihadist group is showing a "monstrous disregard for human life" in the areas it controls in Iraq, the UN human rights office said.   The

Egypt sentences 7 to life for sexual assaults

By | 2014-07-17T02:21:29-04:00 July 17th, 2014|Women rights|

An Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to life in prison for sexual assaults on women during a number of public rallies in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square.   They are the first such heavy sentences against perpetrators of sexual violence following the government’s decision to toughen penalties.   Sexual violence has been on the rise

‘No Woman No Drive’

By | 2013-10-27T18:29:38-04:00 October 27th, 2013|Women rights|

Just days after Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry threatened to use force to stop women violating a ban on female drivers, one man has come up with a creative way to protest the laws, which rights groups have slammed as discriminatory.   Hisham Fageeh, who describes himself as "an artist and a social activist", released an

Millions of girls at risk of genital mutilation despite global decline

By | 2013-07-23T18:53:02-04:00 July 23rd, 2013|Women rights|

More than 30 million girls are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM), despite increasing global rejection of the act, a report said on Monday.   A UNICEF report showed that more than 125 million women and girls alive today have undergone FGM, while 30 million girls remain at risk of being cut in

Afghan women lose political power as fears grow for the future

By | 2013-06-17T21:57:07-04:00 June 17th, 2013|Women rights|

  A legal requirement that women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elected officials was quietly removed by conservative male parliamentarians, officials said, the latest in a series of decisions undermining advances in women’s rights in Afghanistan.   The change, engineered in mid-May, was only discovered by women members of parliament a

Afghan girls’ school feared hit by poison gas

By | 2013-04-22T11:27:38-04:00 April 22nd, 2013|Women rights|

As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistan’s far north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said on Sunday.   While instances of poisoning are sometimes later found to be false alarms, there have been numerous substantiated cases of mass poisonings of schoolgirls by elements of Afghanistan’s ultra-conservative

Egyptian women take a virtual stand against harassment

By | 2013-03-20T11:56:41-04:00 March 20th, 2013|Women rights|

An online initiative aimed at countering sexual harassment in Egypt has been launched via Facebook, reported local media site Al-Bawaba on Wednesday. The idea was born when the female creator of the Facebook page was verbally harassed by an elderly driver whilst stuck in traffic, instead of shying away she decided to expose him by