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The Africa Union on Friday urged its member states to put an end to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), saying the ritual traumatised millions of girls and women on the continent.
We have heard from friends who say, "Thanks to everybody who participated in this solidarity action, the website of the Iranian Presidency drastically slowed down and came to a halt several times on the 18th and 19th of June. We can be sure they have received the word. We are ending this action for now with an urgent note."
On 6 June, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Susan Davis (D-CA), and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), introduced legislation to help enhance the lives of Iraqi women.
We urge individuals and organizations to sign up to support the peaceful protest of Iranian women demanding equal rights.
Dreams of a long-awaited marriage between a Qatari woman and her Lebanese fiancé were dashed after the authorities rejected their marriage request, a lawyer said yesterday, warning that many Qataris are facing the same ordeal.
WLUML has received an urgent request from the Committee of Women’s Petition (CWP), Bahrain. WLUML strongly urges you to take action in support of the group of women from Bahrain linked with the Committee of Women’s Petition and ensure their safe return to Bahrain following their campaigning visit to Europe in support of Bahrain’s proposed Family Code.
This article addresses the issue of the violation of the rights of Arab Bedouin women living in the Naqab (Negev) to adequate housing and accommodation.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has appointed former culture minister Najah Al Attar as a Second Vice-President, the official news agency Sana reported. Najah is the first woman to hold such a high position in Syria.
Multiculturalism and religious freedom trumped safety concerns in a recent Canadian Supreme Court decision that will allow orthodox Sikh students to carry concealed traditional daggers to school.
Responses on the elections held on January 25, 2006.
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