The following submission, is presented to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, and provides a brief summary of violations of rights of girl children in the Islamic republic of Iran as a result of laws that permit and indeed condone the practice of early marriage in that country.
As my Egyptian grandmother used to say: “I am not a prostitute, and my husband isn’t giving me money, so where am I supposed to find the cash?”
With only a quarter of women across the Arab world, on average, in the workforce, this question is a lived reality for millions today.
For the half-dozen or so women sitting with me in a café in downtown Casablanca, the answer to that question was clear. Starting at 50-plus dirhams (6 USD) and up per client—and with the prospect of servicing several clients a day—prostitution provides much-needed income to women who are having a hard time to make ends meet by other means.
Ibrahim Kanuma winces as he recalls the moment a 63-year-old man asked him for his teenage daughter's hand in marriage. The proposal was not unusual in north-western Nigeria's remote, dust-blown state of Zamfara, but he considered the suitor too old for his only daughter, Zainab, 13.
NAIROBI, 30 November 2012 (PlusNews) - In August 2012, the African Gender and Media Initiative, a Kenyan NGO, released a report documenting cases of forced and coerced sterilizations of HIV-positive women, carried out by both private and government-run health facilities.
FREETOWN, 27 November 2012 (IRIN) - The new government is responding positively to health workers and youth groups who have long called for a change in the 1861 law banning abortion except in exceptional circumstances.
أطلق صندوق الأمم المتحدة للسكان يوم أمس الثلاثاء تقريره السنوي عن حالة سكان العالم لعام 2012 بعنوان ” بالإختيار وليس بالصدفة : تنظيم الأسرة وحقوق الإنسان والتنمية” ، مؤكداً على أن تنظيم الأسرة حق أصيل معترف به عالمياً وتقره وتدعمه حقوق أخرى كثيرة من حقوق الإنسان ، وهو بهذا الوصف ينبغي أن يكون تنظيم الأسرة الطوعي متاح للجميع دون تمييز وأن لا يقتصر فقط على الأغنياء وأصحاب النفوذ والمزايا.
JUBA, 14 November 2012 (IRIN) - Cut off from development by five decades of civil war, South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world and high levels of infant mortality and morbidity. Large families struggle to get by in the war-ravaged new nation.