Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Two Lib Dem peers on anti-stalking law and violence against women. Opinion: If we betray Afghan women, the Taliban win

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Leads a Team to Rescue a 14 Year Old Girl From Being Married Off AllAfrica.com On the 30th of November the CGE received a complaint from an anonymous caller citing that a 14 year old child in KwaMthandeni, outside kwaMaphumulo in KwaZulu-Natal, was due to marry a man above the age of 40 on the 16th of December 2012. The girl was a replacement for her 20 year old sister who had been chosen in the church by this man. Upon finding that she is pregnant by another man, the sister ran off, hence the suitor and the family agreed that the younger sister should take her place.

S.African women rights at risk as Zuma woos tribal chiefs TrustLaw Traditional courts are the most accessible form of justice for poor, rural South Africans, and their power is growing, setting back the clock on women’s rights in one of Africa’s most progressive countries. Their increasing influence is largely thanks …

Afghan schoolgirls study in an open air school in Jalalabad. Violence against women is a major problem in Afghanistan

If we betray Afghan women, the Taliban win CNN If a woman is free to vote and determine her own future and a girl is free to get an education, then more than 12 years of American engagement have not been in vain. A strong Afghan woman is a defeat for the Taliban. A determined Afghan woman who can …

Trust Women Conference: The Biggest Issues in Women’s Rights New York Times (blog) Activists from around the world introduced the most pressing issues of law and rights facing women at the first session of the two-day Trust Women Conference on Dec. 4, hosted by the International Herald Tribune and Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Hussein-Ece and Brinton on stalking, under-representation of women and … Liberal Democrat Voice November 25th saw the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This occasion was marked by a debate in the House of Lords last Thursday. Just reading the Hansard account of the debate made me feel sick. There was a former surgeon describe the hours of surgery it took to reconstruct one woman’s face after a violent attack by her partner. There were descriptions of how girls as young as 12 were subjected to Female Genital Mutilation in this country despite laws against it. Where is the worst place in the world to be a woman? Reputedly a province in the Democratic Republic of Congo where 40 women are raped every day. In India, 50% of men and women believe that wife-beating is justified if a woman disrespects her in-laws or neglects the house.

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