January 2010

Malaysia: Ban lifted on Sisters In Islam (SIS) book

KUALA LUMPUR: The SIS Forum (Malaysia) succeeded in throwing out the Home Minister’s order banning its 215-page book, Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism.

Iran: Women's Rights Campaign Activists - Arrests & Summons Report

Change for Equality: The following report, outlines the pressures faced by activists involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, including arrests, summons, sentences, travel bans, and search of property. The report was compiled in November 2009 and updated in late December 2009. Several of the members of the Campaign who have been arrested in the past few weeks days are not included in the report, including:

Nepal: Suicide Leading Cause of Death for Women 15-49


KATHMANDU, 21 January 2010 (IRIN) - Suicide has emerged as the single leading cause of death among women in Nepal aged 15-49, outranking other causes such as accidents and disease, according to a government study.

Outrage over graphic T-shirts degrading women


T-SHIRT slogans condoning rape and featuring semi-naked and gagged women have outraged anti-exploitation advocates.

January 24, 2010

Fatwas against FGM in Mauritania and Niger

By Laurent Prieur and Abdoulaye Massalatchi

NOUAKCHOTT/NIAMEY, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Efforts to eradicate female genital circumcision in West Africa have taken a step forward with a fatwa against the practice in Mauritania and sanctions in Niger against mothers who subject their daughters to it.

Babies of child brides more susceptible to malnutrition: Research Study

A recent study by a Boston University professor found that children born to mothers who were married and gave birth before they were 18 are more likely to be malnourished.

Iran: No Information About Detained Women’s Rights Activist


Hundreds of Detainees in Similar Situations, Disappeared into Prisons

“Starred Student” was Blacklisted from Graduate Studies for her Peaceful Women’s Rights Activism

Aceh Shari'a police will not be disbanded despite rape case

(Photo: Tarmizy Harva, Reuters)

A Sharia policeman speaks to two youths about the rules of Sharia law at the seaside area of Uleelheu in Banda Aceh.

Haiti: Women's Movement Mourns Deaths of 3 Leaders

Myriam Merlet

Myriam Merlet was one of three leading activists in the Haitian women's movement who died, a victim of the earthquake.

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
January 20, 2010


    Human Rights Watch published World Report 2010

    Human Rights Watch Press release
    January 20, 2010

    Human Rights Watch publishes World Report 2010