• Human Rights

    Pursuing Justice for Peruvian Women Forcibly Sterilized Under Fujimori Rule

    by  • May 5, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, US Foreign Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    A Quecha-speaking woman in the highlands of Peru. RHONA SCULLION

    LIMA, Peru — Despite making great economic strides in recent years, Peru has a violent history that remains relatively fresh for many people here. Starting around 1980 and lasting until 2000, the country was rocked by an internal armed conflict between the Peruvian army and various guerilla groups, most notably the Shining Path. Atrocity...

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    Hungarian Women Perceive Threats From Intensifying Patriarchy

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Judit Wirth

    BUDAPEST — Judit Wirth is one of the originators of Nane, Women’s Rights Organization, a nonprofit group in this capital city banked on the Danube. Established in 1994, the charity’s first service was to set up a hotline run by trained volunteers for women and children exposed to violence. Nane then set up an...

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    The Controversial Cambodian-Australian Refugee Deal Hits Snags

    by  • April 21, 2015 • Asia, Human Rights, Myanmar, Refugees, UN Agencies • 
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    A Montagnard

    PHNOM PENH — A controversial $40 million deal signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments last September to resettle about 1,000 refugees from detention centers on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to Cambodia was the first time two ratifying states of the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees agreed to transfer their...

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    The Woman Behind Brazil’s Law Against Domestic Violence

    by  • April 8, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes, the Brazilian advocate whose husband tried to kill her twice.

    FORTALEZA, Brazil — Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband shot her and left her a paraplegic. Four months later, he made another attempt on her life by trying to electrocute her. Maria survived yet again. In thousands of homes across Brazil, women like her are subjected to extreme abuse...

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    The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

    by  • March 20, 2015 • General Assembly, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Fernández

    For all its words about human rights and women’s issues, the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions. These women generally work in challenging circumstances, and their hard-won victories, by their own accounts,...

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    In Eastern Ukraine, Questions Abound Regarding Violence Against Women

    by  • March 10, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    OSCE-monitor

    A recent cease-fire seems to be holding in eastern Ukraine, promising relative relief in the region from the incessant, percussive beat of heavy artillery from Howitzers, tanks and rocket launchers with a backbeat provided by Kalashnikov AK-74s. Fighting in Ukraine’s civil war has kept people in the embattled zones on a razor’s edge since...

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    Rising Attacks and Cultural Obstacles Denying Education for Girls

    by  • February 13, 2015 • Education, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Schoolgirls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, who have benefited from a British government program providing monthly stipends of about $1 to keep the girls in school. VICKI FRANCIS/DIFD

    In the few months remaining before a new set of development goals are set to be adopted in the United Nations to replace the Millennium Development Goals, specialists in many fields will be drilling down into why some of those MDGs have fallen short — sometimes far short — of their aspirations, especially in...

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    In Poland, Women’s Sexual-Health Rights Kept Tightly Controlled

    by  • January 6, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Advocates

    WARSAW — In Geneva in late October, the Polish government finally reported on its adherence to the United Nations committee that monitors discrimination against women. The committee had been waiting 10 years for the report, which was due no later than 2010. The long-awaited document and discussions that followed in the committee keeping track...

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    Yazidi Women in Iraq Describe ‘Unspeakable Brutality’ Under IS Rule

    by  • January 4, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    Yazidi people

    The news from Syria and Iraq is most often dominated by besieged cities and airstrikes on the strongholds of the Muslim extremists of the Islamic State. What those fighters are doing to women they abduct is often hidden by the terrorizing captivity under which they are held. The daily horror of torture, rape and...

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    With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

    by  • November 20, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    BAMAKO, Mali — In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching...

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