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The third gender’s right to dignity

June 1, 2012

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May 31, 2012 By recognising the rights of the transgender community, the state is not doling out largesse; it is only performing its duty under the Constitution They came beautifully dressed, some a tad brightly, but all beautifully and proudly, there was much chatter, and a lot of sisterhood. It was the public hearing of […]

Trapped after being forced to say ‘I do’

May 28, 2012

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May 28, 2012 Punitive measures against girls forced into child marriages should not find a place in government policies, programmes and practices Child brides are not criminals. They cannot be compared to children accused of committing crimes. Anyone who hears a story of a girl forced into marriage before she turned 18 will tell you […]

HEALTH: Treat the mother – save the baby

May 16, 2012

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Photo: Super.heavy/FlickrSomething to smile about… LONDON, 16 May 2012 (IRIN) – The past decade has seen great advances in child survival, but while toddlers and small children are benefiting, the death rate for new-born babies remains stubbornly high. Now a new report suggests that paying more attention to their mothers’ health, and focusing on certain […]

Argentina Makes Sex-Change Surgery a Legal Right

May 10, 2012

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By MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina May 10, 2012 (AP) Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday. The measure also gives people the right to specify how […]

Human Rights Group Condemns European Burqa Bans

May 1, 2012

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by Sam TaxyApril 30, 2012 Photo Credit: Antoine Taveneaux A new report from Amnesty International, an influential human rights group, condemned European countries for denying Muslim women jobs and education by banning full-face veils or neglecting to enforce anti-discrimination laws. In addition to bans on the burqa (traditional Muslim robes that cover women’s faces and […]

A Toolkit for Journalists Reporting on Gender and Human Rights Issues

May 1, 2012

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Published on Mon, 2012-04-30 11:35 “Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues” seeks to help journalists and other content creators learn the basics of reporting on women’s and other human rights issues. This handbook was produced by Internews, an international non-profit organization devoted to “empower local media worldwide to give […]

The Criminalization of Bad Mothers

April 27, 2012

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Lynsey Addario for The New York TimesTimmy Kimbrough at home with his daughter Josie, 2, and his stepdaughters, Nicole, 13, and Brooke Borden, 10, left. His wife, shown in the framed photograph, is in jail. By ADA CALHOUNPublished: April 25, 2012 On a rainy day just after Thanksgiving, Amanda Kimbrough played with her 2-year-old daughter […]