Violence against women

This brief report was created by WLUML as a submission to the UN Secretary General for the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the question of the death penalty.

Nihal Saad Zaghloul is an Egyptian WLUML networker.  Here, she talks to Christopher Reeve of Community Times.

Nihal Saad Zaghloul is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Literally. After meeting with Community Times in a Zamalek coffee shop, Zaghloul was making a U-turn, when a young rookie driver, unfamiliar with Cairo’s traffic conventions, drove into her path. Zaghloul slammed her car’s brakes, but contact was inevitable.  Luckily, there was no major damage, except for a flat tire.  A policeman arrived at the scene, and all parties agreed that the tire simply needed to be changed.  The rookie driver, a young man, did not know how to change a tire. 

“I’ll do it,” Zaghloul offered.  The police officer objected:  what would people think if they saw a woman changing a tire as men looked on?     

An unwavering commitment to ‘drop the knife’ in The Gambia

WHRDIC supports many women human rights defenders who fight for women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to be free from female genital mutilation (FGM).

Despite being banned by the United Nations, this harmful practice continues to affect over 100 million women worldwide.

With almost four out of every five women in The Gambia experiencing FGM, it is a brave woman indeed who would campaign against such an established practice.

Dr. Isatou Touray, co-founder and executive director of Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), is committed to ‘knife-dropping’, or ending the brutal custom of FGM in her country.

شاركت نساء وفتيات عراقيات في مظاهرة بالعاصمة بغداد السبت 8 مارس/ آذار، احتجاجا على مشروع قانون وافقت عليه الحكومة يسمح بزواج الفتيات في سن التاسعة ويمنح حضانة الأبناء تلقائيا للآباء. وجاء الاحتجاج بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للمرأة بعد أسبوع من تصويت الحكومة على قانون الأحوال الشخصية "الجعفري" وإحالته إلى البرلمان. ورفعت المحتجات شعارات بينها "في عيد المرأة العالمي.. نساء العراق في حداد." يذكر أن قانون الأحوال الشخصية "الجعفري" يسمح بإشراف رجال الدين على الأمور المتعلقة بالزواج والطلاق والميراث.

المرأة المصرية تحلم بحقوق مثيلاتها في زمن الفراعنة

مع الاحتفال بيوم المرأة المصرية وبرغم تنفسهن لنسمات الحرية وما يراودهن من أحلام بعد ثورتين متتاليتين إلا أن الكثير من المصريات يأخذهن الحنين إلى صورة المرأة في مصر الفرعونية، وكيف تمتعت بحقوق لم يحصلن عليها اليوم.

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ثلث نساء الاتحاد الأوروبي يتعرضن للعنف البدني أو الجنسي

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كشفت دراسة حديثة أن ثلث النساء في بلدان الاتحاد الأوروبي يتعرضن للعنف في البيت والشارع والعمل. الأمر يشمل أيضا شبكة الإنترنت. أعلى معدلات العنف ضد النساء كانت في دول الدانمارك وفنلندا والسويد.

Lawmaker says tougher methods needed to deal with “traditional” abductions.
20 Feb 14 - A proposal to toughen legislation on the practice of “bride stealing” in Kazakstan has reignited debate on a practice that has proved difficult to tackle. Svetlana Romanovskaya, a member of parliament from the ruling Nur Otan party, wants to see stricter measures to criminalise abductions that lead to forced marriages.

In a typical case, a woman is grabbed off the street by male relatives of the would-be groom – who might be a complete stranger – taken by force to his home, and held there against her will until she agrees to marry him. Fear of being shamed will often lead her own family to come to terms with the forced marriage.

Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls, says Human Rights Watch 

MARCH 12, 2014

(Baghdad) – Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, make it easier for men to take multiple wives, and allow girls to be married from age nine.

By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI ,  Posted on » Tuesday, March 04, 2014

BAHRAIN's top legal authority has recommended that husbands who force their wives to have sex should not be prosecuted.

It has also suggested husbands and guardians who "reasonably" discipline their wives and daughters should be above the law.

The Supreme Judicial Council made the recommendations to ensure new legislation on domestic disputes does not contradict Sharia (Islamic) principles.

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