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Saudi Arabia Grapples with Women’s Right to Drive Within Existing Restrictions

13/11/2014

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Rocío Flores, Associate Editor Last Modified: 15:40 p.m. DST, 13 November 2014 SAUDI ARABIA – A common Western activity such as driving has been an issue for women in Saudi Arabia for ages. Although women over thirty have been allowed to drive, this right has been curtailed by the stringent restriction to which they are […]

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Laughter a Threat to Chastity? Yes, Declares Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister

31/07/2014

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Turkey: Bursa, Laughing Muslim Women

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 00:50 a.m. DST, 31 July 2014 ANKARA, Turkey — Chastity has long been a source of contention and in fact has often been used as a justification for the domination of women throughout the centuries in various parts of the world. It is another means by which some men seek […]

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Libyan Human Rights Activist Brutally Murdered | Salwa Bugaighis

26/06/2014

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"Libya: General National Congress Elections - Voting Day" Photo by: United Nations Development Programme

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 18:15 p.m. DST, 26 June 2014 BENGHAZI, Libya — The progress in Libya took a hit yesterday, 26 June, when Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead in her home. Bugaighis was a successful lawyer in Libya and she also was a prominent advocate for human rights. She was a vocal […]

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Changing Egypt: Sexual Harassment Criminalized

18/06/2014

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Beautiful Arabic Eyes, Photo by Fernando Cortes

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 00:28 a.m. DST, 18 June 2014 CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, has approved amendment to sexual harassment laws this month that would make sexual harassment a punishable offense with fines and prison sentences. This action from Mansour also reflects newly-elected incoming President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s stance against sexual […]

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Albanian Women Swearing Virginity to Live as Men

15/06/2014

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"Burnesha 11 " Photo by: Vincze Miklos April 18, 2010

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 08:05 p.m. DST, 15 June 2014 KRUJE, Albania — In Albania, where culture is dictated by patriarchy, some women are taking vows of celibacy and living their lives as men. These “sworn virgins”, or burrneshas in Albanian, save the honor of their families by becoming a proxy patriarch. As Albania […]

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