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Sudanese Women At Forefront Of Protests After Years Of Oppression

Sudanese Women At Forefront Of Protests After Years Of Oppression

Thousand of women gather outside the Ministry of Defence every day, hoping for democracy and 50 percent representation in any new government * Women drive change in Sudan * Decades of repression under Bashir * Facing coup leaders in talks Mervat al-NeeL was one of the many women whose protests helped bring down Sudanese autocrat […]

Minnesota Governor Signs Law Making Marital Rape Illegal

Minnesota Governor Signs Law Making Marital Rape Illegal

The repealed law protected a rapist if he or she cohabited and had a voluntary sexual relationship with the victim or if he or she was the victim’s spouse Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday signed a law that repeals the state’s marital rape exception, which protected rapists against prosecution if they lived and had […]

Dutch Court Rules Against Shell, In Favour Of Wives Of Slain Ogoni Leaders

Dutch Court Rules Against Shell, In Favour Of Wives Of Slain Ogoni Leaders

A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled in favour of four Nigerian women who sued oil giant Shell. The women, including Esther Kiobel, sued Shell for its alleged role in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of their husbands by the Nigerian military. The killings occurred in 1995 during the regime of the late military dictator, […]

Widows Are On the Front lines Of Property Battles In Uganda

Widows Are On the Front lines Of Property Battles In Uganda

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Land theft from widows in Uganda is common but the tide is now changing “You must leave, or we will kill you and cut up your children.” When Proscovia’s husband of twenty years died of cancer in 2013, […]

United Kingdom Includes Mothers’ Names On Marriage Certificates – A Win For Women’s Rights

United Kingdom Includes Mothers’ Names On Marriage Certificates – A Win For Women’s Rights

British couples will be able to include their mothers’ names on their marriage certificate under a change in law hailed as a step forward for women’s rights on Wednesday. Church of England leaders also praised the change, which passed into law this week, saying the previous system demeaned women and was out of step with […]

Legal Watchdog Launches Interactive Platform To Enhance Women’s Rights

Legal Watchdog Launches Interactive Platform To Enhance Women’s Rights

Legal watchdog Veritas Zimbabwe has launched an Interactive Women’s Platform which will provide information on the rights and status of women in Zimbabwe. The platform will also provide information on where to turn and what legal options are available if women feel their rights are being violated or ignored, the organization said Wednesday. In a […]

Sierra Leone Declares Rape A National Emergency

Sierra Leone Declares Rape A National Emergency

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fighting to end the culture of “indifference” and impunity surrounding rape and sexual violence by declaring it a national emergency. This will provide support to the First Lady’s “Hands off our girls” protection project. The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Bio, launched the “Hands off our girls” […]

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the “palace of terror.” Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

I was in a store recently, looking for clothes for one of my little God-daughters. I was appalled at what was on offer. Why does a clothing range for 10-12-year olds look like the same as the one for adults? I wondered. Is a ten-year-old supposed to display cleavage? In most cultures of the world, […]

Britain Reveals Landmark Laws To Fight Domestic Abuse

Britain Reveals Landmark Laws To Fight Domestic Abuse

Britain on Monday for the first time named economic control as a form of domestic abuse in “landmark” legislation aimed at tackling a crime that ruins millions of lives and costs billions of pounds. It also proposed outlawing the right of abusers to cross-examine their victims in court, in a move welcomed by women’s rights […]

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