A new study sheds light on a little-recognized form of abuse in which men use coercion and birth control sabotage to cause their partners to become pregnant against their wills. The study, published in the January issue of Contraception, finds this kind of reproductive control to be especially common in relationships in which women experience physical or sexual partner violence.
In mid-December, noted Uzbek photographer Umida Ahmedova was charged with defamation and insulting the country's image.The charges stem from photographs and videos that Ahmedova shot in remote parts of the country for an assignment sponsored by the Swiss Embassy in Tashkent. The project focused on poverty and gender inequality in Uzbekistan - taboo subjects, apparently, for the Uzbek authorities..
Recent investigation by the Inter Press Service IPS (http://www.ipsnews.net/) has shown that India’s gender ratio continues to be highly skewed due to sex selection practices.
Women entrepreneurs of any age, nationality and industry may participate in the competition.
According to an article in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department recently published a human rights report that stated an increase in Afghanistan’s women’s suicide rate. The increase is considered to be the result of women choosing suicide over daily violence, which has continued in Afghanistan despite recent awareness of domestic violence issues.
The Practice of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Named in honor of the founding editor of 'Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society', the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars and is awarded biannually to the best paper in an international competition. Leading feminist scholars from around the globe will select the winner. The prizewinning paper will be published in Signs, and the author will be provided an honorarium of $1,000. All papers submitted for the Stimpson Prize will be considered for peer review and possible publication in 'Signs'.
An unprecedented 28 percent of seats in Bolivia's new parliament will soon be occupied by women. Female lawmakers have already launched a battle for women to serve in half the posts in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
Drawing on domestic and international law, as well as on judgments given by courts and human rights treaty bodies, Gender Stereotyping offers perspectives on ways gender stereotypes might be eliminated through the transnational legal process in order to ensure women's equality and the full exercise of their human rights.
The wave of arrests following the protests and violence taking place on Ashura (December 27, 2009) has included over sixteen women journalists, women’s movement and civil society activists, according to The Feminist School and Change for Equality.
Increased Intimidation, Political Violence, and Clampdowns on Iranian Human Rights Activists. Following increasing threats and harassment earlier in the year, Nobel laureate and women's rights advocate Shirin Ebadi has been unable to return to Iran since the June 2009 presidential election.
On 16 December 2009 human rights defender Ms Umida Ahmedova, a photographer and film-maker, learnt that she is facing charges of slander and insult in relation to a book of her photographs. The charges relate to an investigation opened in November 2009 by the Uzbek Agency of Media and Information into several books and films created on gender issues, whose authors were examined by officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The authorities in Tajikistan must properly prosecute violence against women as a criminal offence, Amnesty International said in a report published few days ago.
In October 2009 members of the IANSA Women's Network participated in the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament to promote support for women's role in arms control, and arms trade regulation through a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Consequently a briefing paper 'Women peace and security: The role of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)' by Dr Mirjana Dokmanovic (an international lawyer and active IANSA woman from Serbia) has been launched.
Gender Justice Uncovered 2010 Awards On October 28 Women’s Link Worldwide will launch the second annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards, which seek to identify and publicize the best and worst genderrelated decisions or statements made in English or Spanish within a judicial process.