Afghan appellate court releases in-laws of child bride, after they had been convicted by lower court for torturing her

In a decision that is likely to land a serious blow to the hopes of a large number of women fighting cases of domestic and sexual violence in Afghanistan, an Appellate Court ordered the release of three members of a family who had been convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a lower court […]

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Two women arrested in Bangladesh for marrying each other

Police in Dhaka have arrested two women for marrying each other. They are now faced with the prospect of life imprisonment, apart from threats to their lives from the religious conservative section of Bangaldesh. With this, Bangladesh has violated its solemn commitment to the UNHRC during last year’s UPR to protect the rights of the […]

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‘Women’s Human Rights’ published in Europe by Cambridge University Press

    ‘Women’s Human Rights’ edited by Anne Hellum and Henritte Sinding Aasen on the CEDAW has been published by Cambridge University Press in Europe. The book is a compendium of several essays by different authors writing about and critically analyzing different contextual applications and areas of the CEDAW. The book seeks to situate the […]

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UN working group on discrimination against women submits its annual report on discrimination in public and political life

The UN Working Group on discrimination against women submitted its annual report, recording current achievements in women’s political representation and looking at challenges to women’s equal, full and effective participation in political and public life in the context of human rights and democracy. It identifies and addresses issues crucial for eliminating gender discrimination in political […]

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Domestic Violence Act passed by Sindh Assembly in Pakistan

The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2013. The passage of this Act came after 5 years of struggle by the Aurat Foundation, in collaboration with activists, jurists, lawyers and women legislators. The Act defines domestic violence as inclusive of but not limited to, all acts of gender-based, and other physical or […]

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OHCHR submits report on discrimination against women on nationality related matters to HRC

The Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General submitted its report on discrimination against women on nationality related matters, including the impact on children to the Human Rights Council. The report examines how women in certain countries do not enjoy equal rights with men to acquire, change and retain their nationality and are also […]

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