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Lebanon: Wadad Halawani chosen as Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Defender for September 2017

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, in cooperation with IFEX, chose the prominent Lebanese human rights defender Wadad Halawani to be the Defender of Human Rights and Freedom of Speech for September 2017, as part of the campaign “Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Freedom of Expression.” Wadad Halawani is a civil ...

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Ramy Ashour, Nour El-Sherbini lift 2017 China Squash Open titles

Egyptian duo Ramy Ashour and Nour El-Sherbini have won the 2017 China Squash Open after beating compatriots Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar respectively. The tournament took place in Shanghai, China from Thursday, August 31 to Sunday, September 3. READ: El Sherbini maintains World No.1 spot, Ashour drops out of Top 10 Ramy Ashour started the tournament against Mexico’s Cesar Salazar and the Egyptian beat him 3-0 to face Daryl Selby in the ...

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Discrimination and violence against women consecrated by the Egyptian legislation

Prepared by Lawyers Niyazi Mustafa and Maha Youssef 2 Contents Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4 Women in the Constitution …………………………………………………………………………………………..6 International conventions ratified by Egypt related to women’s rights……………………………….7 The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7 Comments on Egypt’s reservations to CEDAW……………………………………………………..11 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women ……………………………………….11 Women and the Egyptian Criminal Code ...

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International Youth Day 2017 commemorated by UN Youth Envoy in Iraq

International Youth Day, commemorated around the world under the 2017 theme “Youth Building Peace” was celebrated today with a special event in Baghdad, Iraq, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake.  The event marked the first international mission of the new Envoy and the first ...

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Tunisia: Landmark Step to Shield Women from Violence

New Law Offers Protection, but Needs Funding (Tunis) – The law on violence against women, including domestic violence, approved by the Tunisian parliament on July 26, 2017, is a landmark step for women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Tunisian authorities should ensure that there is adequate funding and political will to put the law fully into effect and to eliminate discrimination ...

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ERF announce the publication of new Working Papers:

How Gender Biased Are Female-Headed Household Transfers in Egypt? Lobna AbdelLatif, Mohamed Ramadan and Sarah Elbakry  In this paper, we claim that the policy of targeting female-headed households’ (FHHs) may generate bias against women in male-headed households (MHHs) who may be more poverty-constrained. Targeting FHHs may have the merit of clear targeting, however, it doesn’t address the feminization phenomenon of poverty; instead, ...

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New Tunisian law takes long stride toward gender equality

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s parliament has approved comprehensive new legislation targeting violence against women. The new law, passed July 26, represents a major change from the existing law. Despite Tunisia’s reputation as one of the regional leaders on women’s rights, violence against women has remained a major problem. In a 2010 study by the National Office of Family and Population, 47% of Tunisian women reported ...

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Urgent Alert: Jordan close to ending legal exemptions for rapists

2 AUG 2017 UPDATE: SUCCESS! Following the Lower House of Parliament’s historic 1 August vote for the full repeal of Article 308 from Jordan’s Penal Code, today the Senate approved as well! Once the King signs, rapists and other sexual abusers who marry their victims will no longer escape punishment for their crimes — with no exceptions for age. Congratulations to all the activists ...

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Bahrain: Women human rights defenders who are tortured in Bahrain will not receive justice

Women human rights defenders in Bahrain who have been tortured in Bahrain have been subjected to further persecution to stop them from working. In two separate cases, Ebtisam Al-Saegh remains in prison for her human rights activities and Nazeeha Saeed is unable to work as a journalist. They have received no justice. Ebtisam Al-Saegh, the monitoring and documentation officer of Salam for Democracy and ...

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Saudi Arabia: State Schools to Allow Girls’ Sports

Key Reforms to Male Guardianship System Still Needed (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s reversal of its longstanding ban on sports for women and girls in public schools is a vital step forward, Human Rights Watch said today. But serious hurdles, including the country’s male guardianship system, remain in place, preventing women from fully accessing the education and health benefits of sports exercise. The ...

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