On 13 November two activists in Sudan are due to stand trial for ‘indecent behaviour’. They are at risk of imprisonment or flogging.
On 21 October Najlaa Mohammed Ali and Amin Senada were arrested by members of Sudan’s police and security forces who raided their car in Port Sudan. Najlaa Mohammed Ali, a lawyer and human rights activist, she met with Amin Senada, also an activist, to discuss the planning of a workshop. After their meeting, both of them got into the car that Najlaa Mohammed Ali had used to get to their meeting point. During the journey, their driver received a phone call and stopped the car to answer it. Minutes later two armed men came to the vehicle claiming to be from Sudan’s Public Order Police. After that another six men from the police and security forces joined them. They accused Amin Senada of placing his hand on Najlaa’s shoulder and ordered them to come with them to the Police Public Order Department. They threatened to take them by force if they refused to comply.
السيد الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة، ومكتب المفوضية السامية لحقوق الإنسان: أوقفوا عقوبة الرجم الآن
إن عقوبة "الرجم" ليست مجرد بقايا من الماضي، فهذا العقاب الوحشي لا يزال موجودا في أربعة عشر بلدا حول العالم.
في كردستان العراق عام 2008، هربت عزيز (16 عاما) للزواج من رجل ضد رغبة والديها، والتمست المساعدة من مصلحة إنهاء العنف المنزلي خوفا على حياتها، لكن المصلحة أعادتها لوالدها، وقامت عائلتها برجمها حتى الموت.
يحتل اسم المهندسة المدنية أمل عثمان الناشطة في مجال حقوق النساء عناوين الصحف في السودان منذ عدة أسابيع بعد إلقاء القبض عليها عندما رفضت أن تغطي شعرها.وتواجه أميرة احتمال الحكم عليها بأربعين جلدة إذا أدينت بمخالفة المادة 152 من القانون الجنائي الصادر عام 1991.وقالت أميرة إنها كانت في مكتب لتسجيل العقارات يوم 27 أغسطس/ آب بصحبة أختها لاستخراج شهادة وبعد انتهائها من الإجراءات صادفت مجموعة من أفراد الشرطة الذين علقوا على ملبسها.وأضافت أن شرطيا أمرها بأن تغطي شعرها فرفضت، فهددها زملاؤه باقتيادها إلى مقر شرطة النظام العام إذا لم تمتثل.
In order to delve into the area of masculinities and son preference deeper, ICRW in partnership with UNFPA have conducted a study on men’s attitudes around son preference in seven states of India. The study looks at men’s attitudes and practices around gender inequality, son preference, and gender based violence. The objective is to understand predictors of masculinities and how varying forms of masculinity aﬀ ect men’s desire for sons and their perpetration of violence against their intimate partners.
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For centuries, Kyrgyzstan was a remote, mountainous outpost along the Silk Road to China. Under Soviet rule, few Westerners ventured here. But since the country gained independence, Kyrgyzstan is slowly opening to the West.
WOMEN from all over African and human rights organisations recently protested in the streets of Nairobi to press for the arrest and prosecution of six suspects who allegedly gang-raped a 16-year-old girl and later dumped her in a pit latrine.
The women who were mobilized by the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), UniTE for African Women and the African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) walked from Uhuru Park to the office of the Inspector General of Police at Jogoo House and presented a petition that was signed by more than 1,200,000 people globally.
After several attempts to convince her father to allow her to study in an English institute, Huda had finally convinced her father. She was twenty years old, and was thrilled that at last she would be able to study in an institute. She talked of her new opportunity as though it were a miracle. Huda’s father was not a closed-minded man; he was educated and open, but he wanted to protect his daughter from harassment on the street. Despite his worries, he did not want to break his daughter’s heart by keeping her from studying. He did not know her heart would instead be broken another way.
Justice for Iran (JFI), London (28 October 2013) – On 24 October, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Professor Rashida Manjoo, introduced a comprehensive report, entitled Pathways to, conditions and consequences of incarceration of women. The report was officially presented at the UN General Assembly session and was followed by efforts highlighting the need to improve knowledge and skills pertaining to rights of women in the criminal justice system.
Toutkhal: Kurdistan is one of Iraq’s rare success stories; autonomous from Baghdad since 1991, the region has recently enjoyed an oil boom that’s fuelled foreign investment unknown elsewhere in the country.
And recently Iraqi Kurdistan has been looking closely at its human rights record. Two years ago Female Genital Mutilation was banned, as part of a wide-ranging law to improve women’s rights, and since then the rate of FGM has fallen dramatically.
But how have they achieved this? Kurdistan is very much the exception.