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How Arab women fought female genital mutilation in Israel

How Arab women fought female genital mutilation in Israel

Half a century ago, one didn’t need to go all the way to Kenya to research the phenomenon of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): you could do so in Israel. The practice was common among some of the Bedouin population in the Negev, and this was 40 years after the majority became Israeli citizens. A number […]

“Female prisoners who are virgins must be raped before execution, to prevent them from entering heaven.”

“Female prisoners who are virgins must be raped before execution, to prevent them from entering heaven.”

Excerpts of Montazeri’s book on the rape of women in the Iranian regime’s prisons: In December 2000, Hossein Ali-Montazeri, a 79-year-old cleric who had been for 10 years the designated successor to Khomeini, the supreme leader of the theocratic regime in Iran, published his memoirs. The book revealed shocking documents on the atrocities committed by […]

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Tehran – UN chief while emphasizing on partnerships, said sustainable development is only possible with the active engagement of governments, parliaments, employers, workers, civil society, the private sector and other agents of change. In his message on the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2016, Ban Ki-moon said the day highlights the imperative of […]

Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited extract from her new book, Rape […]

World Day of Social Justice 2016

World Day of Social Justice 2016

  Full Transcript   A new world of social consciousness has opened up between the public and even the poppiest of stars, and many are cashing in. By Rawiya Kameir This is a poem of death Death of person is like a thief When it comes everyone would cry Its alive to everybody Is either […]

Charity, social justice and earth-friendly activism replace big houses, diamond rings and ostentatious living for status seekers

Charity, social justice and earth-friendly activism replace big houses, diamond rings and ostentatious living for status seekers

Keeping up with the Joneses has taken on a whole new meaning, according to new research by a professor in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Rich people traditionally flaunted their wealth with ostentatious living, designer clothing, big houses, fast cars and grand parties. But times have changed says Ryan Murphy, […]

World Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day

Today, February 20th, is World Social Justice Day. The term Social Justice has received enormous attention globally due to its critical impact on the socio-economic status of any given society. To some, it is considered a fundamental issue in the human race, while others regard it as a prerequisite to peace and development in a […]

The face of African slavery in Qajar Iran – in pictures

The face of African slavery in Qajar Iran – in pictures

The African slave trade in the Persian Gulf began well before the Islamic period. Mediaeval accounts refer sporadically to slaves working as household servants, bodyguards, militiamen and sailors in the Persian Gulf including what is today southern Iran. The practice lasted, and evolved, through many centuries. In Iran’s modern history, Africans were integral to elite […]

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

While African Union chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was extolling the virtues of empowering women on the continent at the African Union summit in Ethiopia last month, Swaziland’s attorney general, Majahenkhaba Dlamini, was warning lawyers and judges at the official opening of the country’s high-court year about the threat posed to Swazi society by women’s ambition to […]

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a documentary film-maker whose 2012 film about acid violence, Saving Face, made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award. This year, she is nominated again for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, which tells the story of 19-year-old Saba Qaiser, from the Pakistani province of Punjab, […]