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The third gender’s right to dignity

June 1, 2012


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 […]

USA – Major gay marriage cases in federal court and where they stand

May 28, 2012


Battles over same-sex marriage have been raging in the federal courts for several years. Two general areas of litigation could reach the US Supreme Court within a year. One is a challenge toCalifornia’s ban on same-sex marriages under Proposition 8. The other seeks to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the […]

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice

May 23, 2012


Native Americans are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault in remote Alaskan villages like Emmonak, women’s advocates say. EMMONAK, Alaska — She was 19, a young Alaska Native woman in this icebound fishing village of 800 in the Yukon River delta, when an intruder broke into her home and raped her. The man left. Shaking, the […]

KYRGYZSTAN Justice Elusive for Kidnapped Brides

May 6, 2012


By Azita Ranjbar* BISHKEK, May 4, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Even though she was kidnapped, pressured into marrying a man from a nearby village, and then abandoned without means to sustain herself and the couple’s two young children, Totugul can’t rely on Kyrgyzstan’s courts for help. Totugul’s story is common in Kyrgyzstan, especially in rural areas. […]

Justice and Cash for Sex Trafficking Victims

April 25, 2012


by Ms. MagazineApril 24, 2012  Written by Caroline Heldman Last week, U.S. district judge Lynn Hughes set an important legal precedent in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. He ruled that five teenaged survivors of sex slavery in Houston will receive the entire proceeds from the sale of their traffickers’ property. As U.S. […]

Still no justice for women survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina

April 12, 2012


March 28, 2012 It is time the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina enacted its 2010 commitment to ensure justice, truth and reparation for hundreds of survivors of wartime sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today. “Nearly two decades after the end of the war, hundreds of women continue to live with the […]

Q&A with Hanan Abdalla, director of a new film that explores the lives of Egyptian women since the Arab Spring

April 11, 2012


Posted on April 9 2012 This week, “In the Shadow of a Man”, a film commissioned by UN Women, is taking the compelling stories of four Egyptian women to the Istanbul Film Festival, as part of a string of international screenings. The documentary premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and will […]