WLUML Newsletter 10
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In the summer issue of the WLUML newsletter, Fatou Sow asks: “To ban or not to ban the burqa?” – that is a question in the European Union; Belgium and France banned it lately, so the debate continues at a high political level amongst many other member states, provoking contradictory responses across the world. Meanwhile in Iran, a year after the disputed elections of 2009, the women’s movement faces growing suppression from the authorities. We feature an article by Leila Mouri, which examines the impact of the government crackdown on the status of women and their activism in Iran today.
Also in Iran, we update events in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, whose death by stoning sentence, since ‘commuted’ to hanging, has received almost unprecedented attention from the international media over the last month. WLUML welcomed the July 2010 announcement of a new UN agency to promote equality for women around the world. UN Women will have an estimated annual budget of $500m for carrying out its remit of challenging governments on women’s rights.
Other international items include a report on the violence against the women of Hassi Messaoud, and the rapid response of women’s groups in Algeria and France. There are also updates from Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt and Iraqi radio producer and activist Farah Al-Dujaili, who interned at the WLUML ICO during the summer, gives a personal insight to women’s issues in her home country. WLUML networkers Farida Shaheed and Rashida Manjoo submit their first reports to the Human Rights Council, and WLUML founding member, Marieme Hélie-Lucas, follows up some issues brought to light by Gita Sahgal’s parting of ways with Amnesty International, questioning the apolitical stance of human rights organizations.
- First Saudi women register to vote
- Meet the Badass Afghan Politician Who Ran Against Her Husband and Won
- Malawian chief annuls 300 child marriages, sends kids to school
- Afghan President Nominates First Female Judge to Supreme Court
- Saudi Arabia – Women Traveling Alone without Permission of Guardians, Under Study
- STATEMENT FROM ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS IN SOLIDARITY WITH FEMALE EGYPTIAN ACTIVISTS
- Rights Must Be At the Center of the Family Planning Summit: Civil Society Declaration
- VNC Statement: The Vatican's Crackdown Against the Nuns Is Unacceptable and Deplorable
- International: Statement of Feminist and Women's Organisations on the very Limited and Concerning Results of the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
- United Kingdom: Take Action in Support of Gita Sahgal
- Women's Organisations in the West Asia Region: A Needs Assessment
- THE DUE DILIGENCE PRINCIPLE AND THE ROLE OF THE STATE: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN FAMILY AND CULTURAL LIFE
- Compilation Of Inputs From Women’s Rights Advocates On The Occasion Of The 59th Commission On The Status Of Women
- WLUML Gazette, 14th Edition at the end of 2014