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7 July 2015

OpenDemocracy's 'Human Rights Perception Poll' suggests that the religious-secular polarisation highlighted by the Moroccan women's rights movement, maybe an elite-level artifact, and that the issue is more nuanced among ordinary people. 

25 June 2015

Lawmakers in the Malaysian state of Kelantan look to impose harsh criminal law penalties for Muslims, contrary to Malaysia's Federal Constitution.

9 August 2015

Musawah Advocates in India, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), conducted a multi-year nation-wide survey on the lived realities of Muslim women.

An overwhelming majority (92.1%) of women, out of 4,500 interviewed, were opposed to oral talaq (divorce), 91.2% were against polygamy, and 95.5% were unaware of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board.

9 September 2015

Azza Soliman's father wasn't like other Egyptian men. "He always encouraged me to stand up for my rights... he was different."

Musawah Advocate, Azza Soliman, one of Egypt's leading human rights lawyers explains why her country's attitude to women is worsening.

9 June 2015

In an historic moment for the Kurdish political movement, the HDP party became the first pro-Kurdish political faction to represent Turkey's 14 million Kurds in Parliament. Among the party's 80 seats in Parliament will be 31 female representatives. HDP party voters include women, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, and Turkish liberals.

30 April 2015

Human rights groups fought long and hard for the amendment of Article 149 of the Sudanese Penal Code which will now expand the definition of rape and separate it from zina. Activists declare that the amendment is not real change unless the evidence law of 1994 is also amended.

May 2015

Meena Bheel, 42, dresses like a man, tills the field, rides a bike and supervises acres of agricultural land, continuing to defy negative stereotypes and prejudices against women working. 

Read the whole story via Dawn.

31 May 2015

In the past 15 years, Pakistan has amended or passed more pro-women laws than at any other time in its history. What remains now is their effective implementation country-wide.

Read more in this overview by Dawn.

28 May 2015

The Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Bill (2013) is a result of a 14-year long process of activism by civil society. The Act which was signed into law on 25 May 2015 by President Jonathan now covers spousal battery, female circumcision or genital mutilation, political violence and violence by state actors, amongst a range of other offences.

17 April 2015

Morocco has plans to revive efforts to loosen its strict abortion laws, which follows calls for revision by rights groups and civil society. The current law only allows for abortions at the event of mothers' health emergencies whilst illegal abortions are punishable by one to five years imprisonment for pregnant women. 

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