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Pakistan Toughens Rape Law After Outcry Over Attacks

Pakistan Toughens Rape Law After Outcry Over Attacks

Pakistan introduced a rape law on Tuesday that will create special courts to try cases within four months, after protests over the gang rape of a woman whose car ran out of fuel. The presidential decree also provides for anti-rape cells to provide medical examinations within six hours of a complaint being made and creates […]

France To Press On With Law on ‘Unrepublican’ Behaviour

France To Press On With Law on ‘Unrepublican’ Behaviour

France’s government decided on Wednesday to press ahead with a law it says will crack down on practices that go against the values of the French Republic, such as forced marriage and virginity tests, though opponents say it risks alienating some Muslims Prime Minister Jean Castex told reporters the law would give authorities tools to […]

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, […]

Mistrust Courts : Sierra Leonean Women Don’t Feel Protected By Domestic Violence Laws

Mistrust Courts : Sierra Leonean Women Don’t Feel Protected By Domestic Violence Laws

Sierra Leone has a long history of sexual and gender based violence, dating back to the colonial era and stretching into the years of independence which began in 1961. The country’s civil war, which raged between 1991 and 2002, brought international attention to the high levels of violence against women. In this way, Sierra Leone is similar to many […]

Women Raped In Mauritania Risk Jail For Having Extra-Marital Affairs

Women Raped In Mauritania Risk Jail For Having Extra-Marital Affairs

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed five women and girls who were prosecuted for “zina” – sex outside of marriage – after reporting sexual assault, including a 15-year-old girl who had been gang-raped and was sent to prison, it said in a report. Mauritania’s government spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. In a […]

Moroccan Laws Take Women Off Their Inheritance

Moroccan Laws Take Women Off Their Inheritance

One hundred Moroccan intellectuals have signed a petition demanding that the country’s sexist inheritance rule be repealed. I am among the signatories. This rule, ta’sib, is enshrined in the Moroccan family code, a document that outlines laws and rules related to family matters. It is, overall, a fairly progressive document – but not when it comes to inheritance. Ta’sib […]

Female Lawmakers Ruggedly Pursue To Change The Gender Game In Zimababwe

Female Lawmakers Ruggedly Pursue To Change The Gender Game In Zimababwe

Zimbabwe’s new Constitution promulgated into law in 2013 brought many robust changes that were achieved through wide consultative forums where millions of people participated throughout Zimbabwe. Much celebrated was the inclusion of a clause in the Constitution which provided for the equal representation of women in Parliament through the appointment of 60 additional non-constituency female […]

Despite Laws And Policies Violence Against Women Unabated In Uganda

Despite Laws And Policies Violence Against Women Unabated In Uganda

Violence against women is on the increase in Uganda – even in the halls of power – despite the presence of laws and policies to protect victims of abuse. Take the case Anna Abeja Adeke. The female youth MP had always dreamed of becoming a powerful politician. On her first day at the august House, […]

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

From crowded cities to far-flung villages, women with unwanted pregnancies across West Africa are resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortions – driven by shame, stigma and restrictive laws. Many pregnant women and girls in the region seek abortions from untrained practitioners in unhygienic surroundings or self-induce using desperate methods, ranging from drinking bleach to inserting […]