Violence against women

At least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014 and many have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok school girls.

Based on nearly 200 witness accounts, including 28 with abducted women and girls who escaped captivity, a new 90-page report, 'Our job is to shoot, slaughter and kill': Boko Haram’s reign of terror, documents multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Boko Haram, including the killing of at least 5,500 civilians, as it rampaged across north-east Nigeria during 2014 and early 2015.

The Amnesty International report sheds new light on the brutal methods used by the armed group in north-east Nigeria where men and boys are regularly conscripted or systematically executed and young women and girls are abducted, imprisoned and in some cases raped, forcibly married and made to participate in armed attacks, sometimes on their own towns and villages.

The issue of women’s subordinate legal, social and political position in Afghan society and the failure of the government to meet its obligations to ensure gender equality and address discriminatory social attitudes forms the basis of this report. Cultural, religious and social norms are at the root of the various kinds of abuse experienced by women human rights defenders.

LONDON, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two former child brides have taken Zimbabwe's government to court in a ground-breaking bid to get child marriages declared illegal and unconstitutional.

It is a real story of feudalism within Sindh, which is still running in the brains of almost every Sindhi People living within Sindh. We still living the life where women is just been used for the trade. In Sindh, we claim that we respect our Women and we honor them, but reality is still different.

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حملت أفغانيات نعش امرأة قتلت في هجوم غاضب في كابول بعد ما يبدو أنه اتهام باطل، متحديات تقاليد الدفن في بلادهن.

وحضر المئات جنازة المرأة، واسمها فرخندة، وطالبوا بعقاب قتلته.

واتهمت فرخندة بإحراق مصحف، لكن التحقيق الرسمي قال إنه لا يوجد دليل على ذلك.

The following words recount the aftermath of the murder of Farkhunda in Kabul, who was killed by a mob after being accused of burning the Quran.  The words come from a WLUML networker in Afghanistan, who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons.

Yesterday was our new year, the year that started with renewed fears and agony. 

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Aminata Manneh commonly known as Minah is a 3rd Year University of The Gambia student, a gender activist and also an intern at the American Corner, Banjul, has gone missing.


اعتقلت "دائرة التنفيذ القضائي" في مديرية الأمن العام الأردني بعد ظهر اليوم مراسلة قناة "الجزيرة" الإنكليزية رولا الأمين على خلفية قرار غيابي لقاضي الشرع في منطقة "وادي السير" (غربي الأردن) يقضي بتخليها عن ابنتها دينا البالغة من العمر 5 سنوات. والمعلوم أن الأمين هي اليوم طليقة رجل الأعمال والعامل في الميدان الإعلامي أيضاً الأردني محمد العجلوني الذي يطالب بحضانة ابنته.

Forced marriage is one of the last taboos to break. A new law could make it a crime. So why do those who champion prevention oppose it?

Lydia Alpízar was one of the speakers back in 2007 in the New Volunteers Institute of Women Living Under Muslim Laws Solidarity Network. She was inspirational then and still. I am glad she is referring to culture as a source of violence against women - A reminder that we need to reclaim our culture as women and better as Feminists....