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151. Under-Recognized Form of Domestic, Dating Abuse Puts Women at Risk for Unintended Pregnancies

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.

2010-02-16 15:26:50 / 1383 readings

152. 'Defamatory' Images Of Uzbekistan - photography book by Umida Ahmedova

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..

2010-02-15 14:29:53 / 1331 readings

153. India: Authorities Struggle to Enforce Sex Selection Ban

Recent investigation by the Inter Press Service IPS ( has shown that India’s gender ratio continues to be highly skewed due to sex selection practices.

2010-02-12 15:02:24 / 1415 readings

154. Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2010

Women entrepreneurs of any age, nationality and industry may participate in the competition.

2010-02-12 14:33:49 / 1176 readings

155. Afghanistan: Women Turning to Suicide in Greater Numbers to Escape Domestic Violence

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.

2010-02-11 12:49:09 / 841 readings

156. New book ‘Women’s rights are human rights!’

The Practice of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

2010-02-09 16:57:47 / 706 readings

157. The Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship

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'.



2010-01-29 10:23:36 / 720 readings

158. BOLIVIA: More Women in Parliament, With Their Own Agenda

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.

2010-01-25 11:59:50 / 727 readings

159. New book: 'Gender Stereotyping Transnational Legal Perspectives' by Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack

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.

2010-01-25 11:47:53 / 752 readings


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.

2010-01-07 14:32:54 / 828 readings

161. Arrest of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi's Sister

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. 

2010-01-05 13:07:32 / 775 readings

162. Take Action: Front Line: Uzbekistan: Human rights defender Ms Umida Ahmedova facing charges of slander and insult

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.

2010-01-05 11:27:50 / 799 readings


The authorities in Tajikistan must properly prosecute violence against women as a criminal offence, Amnesty International said in a report published few days ago.

2009-12-04 13:48:46 / 761 readings

164. Women peace and security: The role of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

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.

2009-11-16 12:34:35 / 749 readings

165. New nominations for second annual awards are now being accepted

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.

2009-10-28 12:54:39 / 713 readings
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