Sudan Cabinet votes to ratify UN women's rights convention

Sudan's Cabinet voted to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, with reservations on three main articles. The move falls short of ratification, which must come from a joint meeting of the Cabinet and the Transitional Sovereignty Counc

Libyan women want progress after appointment of first female foreign minister

Libya’s first woman foreign minister, Najla El-Mangoush, will be sworn in next week as part of a new unity government, a rare female voice at the top table whose appointment many Libyan women welcomed this week.Mangoush, a lawyer who had a role in the transitional council that briefly govern

One in three women endure violence, says WHO

Nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime, criminal behaviour that has increased during the pandemic, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday. The UN agency urged governments to prevent violence, improve services for victims and tack

Amnesty slams ‘dangerous’ Swiss veil ban

Switzerland’s vote to ban full face coverings is “needlessly fueling division and fear,” Amnesty International has said, urging authorities to instead focus on measures that genuinely protect women. “After the vote to ban minarets, Swiss voters have once again approved an

Kuwaiti women launch their own #MeToo movement

Women in Kuwait are defying conservative norms and a culture of "shame" to speak out against harassment for the first time, in a social media campaign sparked by a popular fashion blogger. Dozens of testimonies about being stalked, harassed or assaulted have emerged online, focused on the Instagr

UN presses Somalia to outlaw FGM

The United Nations on Saturday reiterated its call for Somalia's government to pass legislation to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country, Anadolu Agency reports. "FGM is a harmful practice that scars girls and women and endangers their health for life depriv

Iran approves bill to protect women against domestic violence

The Iranian government approved a long-awaited bill on Sunday addressing domestic violence against women. The proposed law is aimed at the "Protection, Dignity and Security of Women against Violence" and covers actions or behaviour that causes "physical or mental harm". The bill has been under re

Egypt to penalise fathers of child brides

  Egypt's Cabinet is planning to issue a new law imposing more penalties for the marriage of underage girls and child labour, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said during a Cabinet meeting on the national strategic population plan. The new law is set to toughen the penalties and broaden th

Woman's self-immolation sparks outrage in Iran

A shocking incident of a woman setting herself on fire in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan has evoked widespread anger and outrage across the country. The incident was reported on Thursday in the port city of Bandar Abbas, where a 35-year-old woman attempted self-immolation after her ho

Female Daesh returnee charged with crimes against humanity in Germany

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London has contradicted its own ambassador and denied that the Kingdom is considering clemency for jailed female activists ahead of the G20 summit later this month. The denial came a day after Ambassador Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud appar

Afghan Women's Rights Advocate, Negotiator Injured in Attack

A prominent women's rights advocate and member of the Afghan team tasked with negotiating with the Taliban sustained minor injuries in an attack in Kabul by unknown gunmen, officials said on Saturday. They described the attack on Fawzia Koofi, a former lawmaker, as an assassination attempt. It wa

UK’s women’s refuges turn away victims who speak no English

Women’s charities have raised concerns that victims of domestic violence are being refused places at refuges, even when there is capacity, because they do not speak English. Those turned away include a mother with a 14-month-old baby who was fleeing violence after being held as a slave by her

The Goodness Podcast: A window on women’s struggles

For years, women in the Middle East have struggled to speak up on issues that have only been whispered about in the region, said co-founder of The Goodness Podcast Noor Tehini.  To give women a chance to openly discuss these taboo topics, Tehini, who is Lebanese and who grew up in the UAE, dec

British-Australian lecturer jailed in Iran moved to remote prison

A British-Australian woman serving a 10-year jail term in Iran has been transferred to a notorious desert prison used to punish political prisoners, officials say. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Middle East politics at Melbourne University, was jailed in September 2018 for espionage. She was tr

'Silent pandemic': How women in the Middle East and North Africa are threatened online

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are facing increased harassment and abuse online as they continue to fight sexual harassment in the streets and domestic violence heightened by the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. For years, the digital sphere has often proven to be a hostile env

Harmful practices rob women and girls of ‘right to reach their full potential’

Every year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that routinely harm them, both physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities, the report states.“Harmful practices against girls cause profound and lasting trauma, robbing them

Women Workers of Safireh Garbage Site Deprived of Minimum Rights

Some 120 workers are employed at Safireh, a garbage-sorting site in Ahvaz. The majority of women workers of Safireh are heads of household and they risk injury and contracting diseases. The women who work at Safireh have delinquent guardians, or no guardians at all, and face difficult challenges.

'Every abuser is more volatile': the truth behind the shocking rise of domestic violence killings

In the UK, the number of domestic killings has doubled during lockdown and frontline services report record-breaking cries for help. Here’s why the violence has increased – and what you can do to help victimslison Young lived in lockdown long before Covid-19. For most of her eight-year m