February 2010

Press Release: An Influential Saudi Cleric Calls for Beheading of Apostates

Washington, DC (February 24, 2010). The Washington-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia unequivocally denounces Shaikh Abdulrahman Al-Barrak call for the beheading of those who initiate or accept gender mingling in schools or in the work place. “They should be given one chance to repent, but if they do not, they should be considered apostate and beheaded,” Al-Barrak said.

UK - Outrage as Church Vicar Urges Women to Submit to Husbands

A vicar has caused outrage among his congregation after urging women to "be silent" and "submit" to their husbands.

Saudi Arabia - New law will end male dominance in Saudi courts

Arab News - 21 February, 2010

Saudi Arabia's justice minister says his department is drafting a law that would allow female lawyers to argue legal cases in court for the first time.

Iraq: Kurdistan - Study Shows Prevalence of FGM - Urge to Ban

New survey reveals that majority of women in Kurdistan have undergone genital mutilation.

Catholics for the Right to Decide (CDD) El Salvador and Nicaragua Joint Declaration - February 2010

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir of Nicaragua and El Salvador, meeting in the city of Managua, have analyzed and reflected upon the impact of the illegality of therapeutic abortion on the health and lives of women in both Central American countries, resulting in the following implications:

Afghanistan: Any agreement with Taliban must include women's rights - UN CEDAW Committee

Afghanistan: any agreement with the Taliban must include women’s rights - UN experts’ body

GENEVA (5 February 2010) - The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women said Friday that “any agreement reached with the Taliban in Afghanistan should include a clear commitment to respect and protect women’s human rights.” The Committee urged the Afghan government and its international allies “to ensure that women representatives are included in the upcoming peace and development dialogues and negotiations with the Taliban,”

Fiji: Girl beaten by village headman for wearing pants

Fiji: Girl beaten by village headman for wearing pants

Clothes gone wrong ... Asenaca Vunibola, right, with her father Tui and mother Sala after her traumatic experience at Naqai outside Labasa yesterday.

Iran - Women Fight Polygamy Proposal

They say it weakens their role and status at home and in society.

Iranian women’s groups and other rights organisations are fighting a much discussed proposed law which they say would encourage polygamy by allowing a man to take a second wife without the permission of the first in certain circumstances.

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive for talking to boys


Death reopens debate over 'honour' killings in Turkey, which account for half of all the country's murders

The hole where a 16-year-old girl was buried alive by her relatives in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey.

Philippines: Early Marriage of Muslim Girls - Risks

Philippines: Early Marraige

MANILA, 26 January 2010 (IRIN) - Nurina was 14 when she married Sid, who was 23. “We were close friends. He treated me like a younger sister,” Nurina said. “People started to gossip and my family insisted that we be married to avoid tarnishing my reputation.”