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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, […]

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 […]

‘Men don’t have to worry about being caught’: Sex mobs target Egypt’s women

December 5, 2012

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Source Charlene Gubash / NBC News Volunteers scan a crowd in an effort to detect and prevent sexual harassment during a demonstration against President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday.   Updated at 7:48 a.m. ET: CAIRO – Walaa Al Momtaz doesn’t leave her home for up to five days at a time. […]

Online Discussion on Prevention of Violence Against Women (Global)

August 3, 2012

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Source: Inter Press Service NEW YORK , Jul 31 2012 (IPS) – UN Women [http://www.unwomen.org/ ], which  has launched an online discussion about violence against women,  is offering a chance to civil society organizations worldwide to provide their views from their own cultures. The two week long platform, which is taking place through 3 August,  […]