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Analysis: Will U.N. declaration on violence against women change Egypt?

March 17, 2013

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Source Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters Women shout slogans against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood during a protest rally near Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 8, 2013. By Charlene Gubash, Producer, NBC News, News analysis After a decade of disagreement, 130 nations decided on Friday to adopt a historic, […]

Justice Minister: Violence against women a major problem (Finland)

March 17, 2013

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Source Finland is far behind the other Nordic and Western European countries when it comes to reducing and preventing violence against women, a situation that is unacceptable, says Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson. Image: Mikko Suhonen Speaking Saturday to a gathering of the women’s organization of the Swedish People’s Party, Henriksson said that a full 18 […]

Historic UN declaration adopted to combat violence against women

March 17, 2013

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 Source Muslim and Western nations overcame deep divisions to agree on a landmark United Nations code to combat violence against women and girls. Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to block the declaration and agreed to language stating that violence against women could not be justified by “any custom, tradition or religious […]

Iraq war 10 years on: ‘There is phenomenal violence against women. I hear of rape cases in prison. Police officers are doing it’ (Iraq)

March 17, 2013

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Source Women’s rights activist Hanaa Edwar explains why her campaigns have struggled to make progress, and why Iraq is at a critical and dangerous crossroads Hanaa Edwar, Iraqi women’s rights activist. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Observer I first encountered the campaigner Hanaa Edwar in 2005 while researching the murder of women’s rights campaigners in […]

Violence against women: legal reform is no silver bullet

March 16, 2013

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source Despite numerous laws to protect women from violence, little has changed. Why are there gaps between rhetoric and reality and what can be done about them? Drama, Kralanh District, Cambodia, where custom dictates that women keep the ‘fire’ in their homes. Photograph: Katherine Brickell As the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) draws […]

UN Adopts Plan to Combat Violence Against Women

March 16, 2013

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source Conservative Muslim and Roman Catholic countries and liberal Western nations approved a U.N. blueprint to combat violence against women and girls, ignoring strong objections from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that it clashed with Islamic principles and sought to destroy the family. After two weeks of tough and often contentious negotiations, 131 countries joined consensus Friday […]

Violence Against Women Declined By 64% Over 10 Years, But Progress Has Stalled

March 16, 2013

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Source Violence Against Women Declined By 64 Over 10 Years But Progress Has Stalled Last week, President Obama signed the newly reauthorized Violence Against Women Act into law. The new law expands protections from sexual and domestic violence to more groups and funds training for police and for judges, strengthening the criminal justice system’s response […]