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Law To Ban ‘Inappropriate’ Dress In Cambodia Seen Threatening Women’s Freedoms

Law To Ban ‘Inappropriate’ Dress In Cambodia Seen Threatening Women’s Freedoms

A proposed law that would let Cambodian police fine people deemed to be dressed inappropriately could be used to curtail women’s freedoms and reinforce a culture of impunity around sexual violence, rights campaigners say.   The draft legislation, which will take effect next year if approved by several government ministries and the national assembly, would […]

N.Korean Women Faced Torture, Rape, Malnourishment In Detention – U.N. report

N.Korean Women Faced Torture, Rape, Malnourishment In Detention – U.N. report

North Korean women detained in prison camps suffered from torture, rape and other forms of “multiple and serious” violence by security and police officials, a U.N. human rights report said on Tuesday, citing accounts from over 100 women. The women, detained between 2009 and 2019 after failing to flee the country, recounted in interviews with […]

Afghan Women Demand Right To Be Named On Children’s Documents

Afghan Women Demand Right To Be Named On Children’s Documents

Afghan women could win the legal right to have their names on their children’s birth certificates and identity cards under a proposal to be presented to parliament, one of the country’s few female lawmakers has said. Naheed Farid, an independent lawmaker who chairs the parliamentary commission on women’s affairs, said she and other MPs had […]

Egypt Jails Five Women Influencers Over Tiktok Posts

Egypt Jails Five Women Influencers Over Tiktok Posts

The women were accused of running online accounts that violated the values and principles of Egypt An Egyptian court sentenced five female social media influencers to two years each in prison on Monday after finding them guilty of promoting immorality and human trafficking by encouraging women to make money building social media followings. The women, […]

Polish Ruling Party Distances Itself From Proposal To Exit Domestic Violence Treaty

Polish Ruling Party Distances Itself From Proposal To Exit Domestic Violence Treaty

Poland’s conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) distanced itself on Sunday from a proposal by the justice minister to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women, saying not all in the coalition were in favour. PiS and its coalition partners closely align themselves with the Catholic Church have previously criticised the Istanbul […]

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya’s president on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls – including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have fuelled an upsurge in gender-based violence across the world, with […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

I was having a conversation with a group of male and female middle-aged professionals recently. One of the men in the group said that feminists like me are always quick to jump to the defence of women, even when they are in the wrong. He said that while he is against any kind of sexual […]

Europe Braces For Domestic Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’ Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Europe Braces For Domestic Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’ Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Domestic abuse charities in Europe have called for hotels and holiday lets to be turned into refuges as they warned that coronavirus lockdowns would lead to a massive jump in the numbers of women fleeing violence. Governments, support services and charities are scrambling to help thousands of women facing weeks of isolation at home with […]

Feminists Want Gender Related Laws Passed Before 2021 Elections

Feminists Want Gender Related Laws Passed Before 2021 Elections

Women rights defender has called for an expeditious passing of all pending gender-related bills before the country heads for the 2021 general elections. Under the Uganda Women’s network, organizations argue that women freedom spaces continue to shrink despite attempts by the government to develop various emancipation frameworks. These including; the Uganda Women Network (UWONET) Secretariat, […]

Women Still Underrepresented In Government

Women Still Underrepresented In Government

The one-day seminar on ‘The Way Forward for an Enforceable Gender Quota and strategies for implementing Election Law 4.5 (b) and (c)’ was organized by UN Women in partnership with the National Elections Commissions (NEC) with support from Canada. Says Veep Taylor as UN Women holds seminar on ‘Way forward for an enforceable Gender quota […]