Uganda constitutional court overturns anti-gay legislation

Uganda constitutional court overturns anti-gay legislation

Gabe Joselow for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Uganda’s Constitutional Court has overturned a controversial anti-homosexuality law that made same sex acts punishable by up to life in prison. While the law was annulled because of procedural errors in its passing, rights groups still hailed the decision as a boost for […]

Egyptian citizens campaign against harassment of women

Egyptian citizens campaign against harassment of women

Sarah Lynch – USA Today – Friday, 01 August 2014 (originally published 31 Jul) CAIRO — A group of mostly teenagers and men took to the streets of Cairo’s capital this week, ready to do battle — in bright green vests with spray paint in hand — against sexual harassers. “We keep women safe,” said […]

International Outcry Releases Sudan Woman from death row

International Outcry Releases Sudan Woman from death row

Harriet Sherwood for GDN – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/GDN) SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: A Christian woman on death row in a Sudanese prison has been released on the orders of a court in Khartoum following an international outcry over her sentence and treatment. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, had been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and […]

African girls should be in school not marriage

African girls should be in school not marriage

Agnes Odhiambo for HRW – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/HRW) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I grew up in a typical rural African family, with uncles, aunts, cousins all living together. Occasionally a neighbor’s child, let’s call her Kariithi, lived with us as part of this extended family. She was an intelligent girl who dreamed of going […]

Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Katy Migiro – Guardian – Tuesday, 27 May 2014 (originally published 24 May) A $2m (£1.2m) donation will help Kenyan surgeons give more than 1,000 women life-transforming surgery to cure incontinence caused by fistula and will train more specialists to perform the operation. Two million women worldwide live with fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused […]

Health workers worldwide face increasing dangers

Health workers worldwide face increasing dangers

Joe DeCapua for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Health workers are frequently becoming targets in countries undergoing conflict or civil unrest. A new report says since 2012, hundreds have been attacked in dozens of countries.Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition jointly issued the report called Under […]

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA:  Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws. Three […]

EU: Forced Labor and Globlization

EU: Forced Labor and Globlization

Nisha Varia for Human Rights Watch – WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) EUROPE: Forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of modern-day exploitation may seem distant from the lives of ordinary Europeans celebrating Labor Day with a spring holiday. These abuses are often seen as a scourge of countries beset with poverty, corruption, and crime. Yet the International […]

Thailand conflict creates mental health stress in women

Thailand conflict creates mental health stress in women

IRIN – UN News and Analysis – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA:  Activists and academics in southern Thailand are calling for improved assistance, including mental health services, for women affected by the decade-long armed conflict between government forces and Muslims seeking greater autonomy. “There are no specific strategies for women in the deep south,” said […]

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