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    Helpless Bosnia and Its Women, 20 Years After Ethnic War

    by  • July 6, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, International Justice, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Enisa and Majda Prljaca

      SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — “Please don’t let the world forget us again.” The plea is heard everywhere by men as well as by women in the picturesque Balkan city of Sarajevo, the site of Europe’s most destructive and sadistic conflict in more than half a century. Sarajevo was briefly in the news...

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    Meet Sapana Malla, a Diligent Pioneer of Women’s Rights in Nepal

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Asia, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 
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    Sapana Malla of Nepal

    As a lawyer, Sapana Pradhan Malla has pioneered women’s rights in Nepal, consistently advocating for equal inheritance, reproductive rights and women’s participation in politics. She has also been a politician herself, as a member Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, or parliament, from the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist Party, where she fought not only for equal rights...

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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights • 
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    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments...

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    Iraqi Women, Insisting on Their Innocence, Dealt Severe Rights Abuses

    by  • February 26, 2014 • Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    Woman on Iraq street

    There can be no other region in the world now as broad as the swath of Middle Eastern and North African nations where so many women are living in violence, extreme vulnerability and a corrosive foreboding about their future. These deprivations are occurring from Tunisia or Egypt — where women struggle to keep the...

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    Mexico Rising: Advances in Women’s Health and Rights

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    International Women's Day in Mexico City

      When the latest list of 20 top donors to UN Women appeared last year, there was only one country outside the richer nations of the world among them: Mexico. The Mexican commitment to the women’s agency reflects the strides that the country has made in promoting women’s rights in recent years, powered by...

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    A Rape Accusation in Northern Mali and the UN’s Awkward Response

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    A woman in Gao after the French attack in January 2013.

    Now that Gao, a remote but critical outpost in northern Mali, has become a hub of military personnel — Mali Army, French troops and UN peacekeepers — to fend off terrorist incursions, it is also a simmering spot for sexual assaults and intimidation of women who live there. These acts are committed in the...

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    Nigeria Attracts Latest Criticism for Anti-Gay Laws

    by  • January 15, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights • 
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    Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria

    In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, the organization called AIDS-Free World wants answers to questions about how the UN will deal with Nigeria after the adoption of a sweeping law broadening the criminalization of  homosexuality. Nigeria has the second-largest number of people...

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    Indian Ban on Gay Sex Draws UN Human Rights Rebuke

    by  • December 13, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights • 
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    Gay pride parade, Bangalore

    An unexpected Indian Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 11 upholding a law that criminalizes same-sex relationships drew a swift rebuke within 24 hours from Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called it a violation of international rights. The Indian court decision came barely a day after international Human Rights...

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