Violence against women

The murder of 16-year-old Zahra al-Azzo prompts rights activists, lawyers and the media to speak out against so-called crimes of honour.
A mother and son were today jailed for life at the Old Bailey for their part in an "honour" killing.
Until last year, Swazi women were legally regarded as minors.
Jordanian officials have joined hands with the private sector to fight violence against women, launching a 5-year project that will attempt to rectify misconceptions about this phenomenon and provide aid to victims, say women rights activists.
This report on violence against women in Egypt shows 247 women were killed during the first half of 2007.
An interview with Imam Cheick Mohamad Diallo.
Prof. Yakin Ertürk, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on violence against women, its causes and consequences, delivered the following statement on 27 July 2007:
Promising to fight the practice of FGM should be a winning strategy for someone hoping to be elected to parliament this Saturday in Sierra Leone -- where about 90 percent of girls and women undergo FGM, according to rights watchdog Amnesty International.
Due to pressure from women's human rights activists in Pakistan, the gang-rape case of Nasima Labano has been ordered to be transferred to the Court of District and Sessions Judge of Karachi.
After a Pakistani woman was slain by relatives in Italy, an immigrant women's advocacy group moved into action to make the murder the last "honor killing" in Italy and also deflect anti-Muslim sentiment stirred by the crime.
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