Sexual/reproductive rights & health

Arab News – Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Many Saudi women are obsessed with having male children in the belief that they are more likely to become breadwinners and continue the family line, Arab News has found.

Muslim Civil Society activists have urged the Sri Lankan authorities to bring to book those who have been harassing and intimidating journalist and social worker Sharmila Seyyid for her opinion on rights of the sex workers.

In Niger and Nigeria, men who want more than their legally permitted four wives are buying women and girls to use as ‘unofficial’ wives. These women are resented by the ‘legal’ wives and face a life of endless work, cruelty and attempts to flee in destitution in the hope of starting a new life, according to a new Anti-Slavery report.

Environ 8 à 13% des décès maternels au Sénégal sont causés par les avortements clandestins. Les jeunes filles sont particulièrement à risque. Les femmes qui y ont recours se trouvent pousuivies devant la justice, encourant jusqu’à deux ans de prison. Un nouvel rapport demande une révision des lois.

Sohair al-Bata’a, who died after being subjected to female genital mutilation in Eg

Introducing Religious Fundamentalism
The world is less than 500 days away from the targeted day to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals and 18 targets set by the United Nations and governments to tackle some of the worst problems that have impeded developing nations.

Justice for Iran (JFI) highlights urgent concerns in submission to the 20th session of UPR Working Group on Islamic Republic of Iran.

In a matter of one week in the U.S. and Iran, authorities have made decisions that restrain women's right to control their bodies. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of permitting family companies to deny employees insurance coverage for contraception in the name of religious freedom. Whereas, Iranian MPs ratified a bill last week which in case of becoming a law criminalizes any act that promotes or employs birth control tools and methods.

May 27 2014

On May 28, women’s rights defenders and activists from all over the world are mobilizing to observe May 28th International Day of Action for Women’s Health. Various activities will be organized by sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) organizations and women’s advocacy groups to call on governments and the international community to ensure a holistic, inclusive, and human rights-based approach to women’s SRHR in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

“Si nous oublions ces filles, cela signifie que nous oublions nos propres sœurs, notre propre peuple” Malala Yousafzai[1]

WLUML est en rage devant l’enlèvement de plus de deux cents filles à Chibok, dans l’État du Bornou, au nord-est du Nigeria, dont le sort n’est toujours pas clair. Nous partageons la peine de leurs familles et soutenons leur appel à les faire revenir saines et sauves. Nous pressons urgemment le gouvernement nigérian de faire tout ce qui est en son pouvoir pour les ramener à leurs familles et s’assurer ensuite qu’elles reçoivent un soutien médical et psychologique et l’assistance de la communauté internationale. Nous témoignons notre solidarité au peuple et aux organisations de la société civile au Nigeria qui font opposition et résistance à la montée des forces politiques islamistes armées qui manipulent et font un usage abusif du nom de l’islam pour justifier leur stratagème terroriste brutal.

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