Women's rights

MPs criticise 'chasm' between FGM prosecutions and reports

BBC 16 March 2015

MPs have criticised the "chasm" between the number of reported cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK and the number of prosecutions. The UK has a "lamentable"


Designer vaginas: Under 18s should be banned from having the surgery, MPs say

The Independent 16 March 2015
By Cahal Milmo

A blanket ban should be introduced on so-called designer vagina surgery on under-18s to meet concerns that the law which prohibits female genital mutilation is ambiguous


Honor killing goes unpunished

Saudi Gazette 16 March 2015

With regard to the article “’Blood money claims ‘reaching extortionate levels’” (Mar. 12), this “forgiveness” matter has a huge loophole. The appalling case is of murder within the family.


Internet gaffe by US government as UK extremist's sharia law photo used in free speech ad

Daily Mail Online 16 March 2015
By Martin Beckford and Abul Taher

The US government has made a bizarre internet gaffe by posting a British Muslim extremist’s photograph of veiled women calling for sharia law, citing it as an inspirational


Cleric’s ‘fatwa’ cancels women’s football match

The Times of India 16 March 2015
By Subhro Maitra

Organizers had to cancel a women's football match and national-level players who had come from various places across the country had to return as fundamentalists


"Art Is Halal" Posters By Saudi Arabian Female Artists Ignite Debate About Censorship, A Risky Move In The Kingdom

Bustle 16 March 2015
By Kirsten O'Regan

Three female artists from Saudi Arabia launched a daring “Art Is Halal” poster campaign designed to get people talking about the limitations on freedom of expression in the majority Sunni


The Lessons of Rotherham

National Review 16 March 2015
By Daniel Allott, Jordan Allott and Ben Allen

Political correctness played a major role in a shocking child-sexual-abuse scandal. Last August, Rotherham, an industrial town in northern England, was thrust into the headlines when a government report detailed how gangs of local men had raped and trafficked at least 1,400 girls, some as young as eleven


Turkey: Teacher tells girls they "deserve to be raped” for not wearing hijab

The Jihad Watch 16 March 2015
By Robert Spencer

This actually reflects the assumption, deeply rooted in Islam, that women are responsible for the self-control of men, and if a woman gets raped, it is because she provoked the


The Language of Islam

islam-watch.org 16 March 2015
By Mumin Salih

As the Islamization of the Arab World, which kicked off in the 1970s, gathered speed, Arabs were re-educated in a new brand of Islam and a new matching style of Muslim language to go with it. This ‘Islamic language’ is a slightly modified version of the Arabic language with a selective use of Islamic friendly


Masih Alinejad at Geneva Summit 2015

youtube 12 March 2015
By unwatch

Masih Alinejad, Iranian freelance journalist addresses the opening U.N. Session of the 2015 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. www.genevasummit.org


Funding to tackle female genital mutilation in Scotland

BBC News 12 March 2015

The first minister has announced nearly £220,000 of funding to prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) in Scotland. The money, which will go to charities who work in this


Teenager raped by grooming gang predator vows: 'Now I want to help other girls escape abusers'

Birmingham Mail 12 March 2015
By Jeanette Oldham

Brave victim rebuilt life after evil attacks by Mohammed Ali Sultan and his cousin to become Birmingham nurse Mohammed Ali Sultan. The victim of an Asian


'I screamed so hard I lost my voice for days': Victims of female genital mutilation speak out

Daily Mail 12 March 2015
By Lucy Waterlow

Despite the fact it's illegal in the UK, at least 65,000 British girls are at risk of having Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as they are taken out of the country during so


FGM 'still prevalent in Egypt'

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still prevalent in Egypt, despite efforts to tackle the procedure. Channel NewsAsia Singapore reports that most women in the country still


The Queen of Jordan: Social media can show an Arab world beyond ISIS

Mashable 11 March 2015

Over the past 16 years, Queen Rania of Jordan has become a champion of women's rights, a vocal proponent of education in the Arab world and a strong voice for peace in the Middle East.


A female Arab TV presenter put a rude male guest in his place. So what?

The Guardian 11 March 2015
By Nesrine Malik

There is a new version of “Dog bites man”, and it is “Arab woman does everyday thing that will amaze you”. The latest example of this occurred last week, when a female Lebanese


West London femal genital mutilation figures worst in capital

Get West London 10 March 2015
By Alix Culbertson and Patrick Scott

West London has the highest number of new female genital mutilation (FGM) cases in the capital since records recently began. Hospital trusts across west London reported 120


Emma Watson Q&A on Women's Day: 'If you stand for equality, then you're a feminist'

mashable 9 March 2015
By Jason Abbruzzese

Emma Watson held a live Q&A session via Facebook on International Women's Day, focusing on the need to build a unified movement of women and men to confront gender


Happy Women's Day in Turkey!

The Gatestone Institute 9 March 2015
By Uzay Bulut

"A woman without a veil (headscarf) is like a home without a curtain. A home without a curtain is either for sale or for rent." — Suleyman Demirci, head of the Promotion and


Celebrating International Women’s Day is not enough

The Commentator 9 March 2015
By Clare George-Hilley

International Women’s Day is an impressive global celebration, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women from all walks of life around the globe. Like many

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