Violence against women

Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped on the orders of local elders in a neighbouring village. She was determined to bring them to justice and now writes an internet diary in Urdu, about her life and concerns as a woman from a remote village in southern Punjab.
Her participation in the Caravan supported by WLUML, Najlah Atamnah of Alssiwar - The Arab Movement for Supporting Women Victims of Sexual Violence, tells us more about her experiences and the work of those involved.
We are glad to inform you that we have heard that Ayatollah Shahroudi has acted to stop the execution of Ashraf, the 37 year old mother of four, who was sentenced to stoning for having had extramarital sex. However, her fate is not yet clear and we urge you to continue writing to the Iranian authorities on her behalf.
WLUML has received the following request for solidarity from an Iranian networker who is voluntarily representing Ashraf Kalhori, currently in Evin prison in Tehran and scheduled to be stoned to death as a result of having an extramarital affair, despite her earlier request for a divorce being denied.
A television documentary team has pieced together details surrounding the case of a 16-year-old girl, executed two years ago in Iran.
Iraqi women plan to hold the prime minister to his promise to implement women's rights reforms.
Polygamy is enshrined as a man's right in Swaziland's new constitution, but women led by King Mswati's eldest daughter are having none of it, taking on the traditionalists that run the country.
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