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11/20/2015 - Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution
The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979....

11/13/2015 - Afghans Protest Nationwide Over Beheadings by ISIS
Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul on Wednesday after seven people from the Hazara ethnic group were beheaded by ISIS....

11/11/2015 - Taliban Stones to Death 19 Year Old Afghan Woman
Recently, a 19 year old Afghan woman was stoned to death after she was accused of adultery....

5/1/2014 - Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today
The Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today adopted the first phase of a brutal penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians, the public flogging of women who have abortions, and the jailing of women who become pregnant outside of marriage. The laws will be introduced in three phases over the course of three years....

3/5/2014 - Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority
Ten Saudi women are petitioning the Saudi Arabia consultative Shura Council to demand an end to absolute male authority over women. Activist Aziza Yousef told AFP news agency over the weekend that the activists are demanding "measures to protect women's rights," as well as the right for women to drive, ahead of International Women's Day on March 8....

2/26/2014 - Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict
Libya's cabinet introduced a decree last week that will recognize women raped during the 2011 uprising as war victims and provide them with compensation....

5/20/2013 - Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament
On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament....

12/13/2012 - Women's Rights in Question in New Egyptian Constitution
Women's rights activists are protesting the draft constitution proposed by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that will be voted on by the general public on December 15th, 2012....

11/9/2012 - Kenyan Government Proposes Marriage Reform
The Kenyan Government has proposed a law that would ban mandatory bride-price payments, recognize co-habiting couples, and legalize polygamy....

11/9/2010 - Women's Rights Gravely Threatened in Iran
Two Iranian women, Sakineh Ashtiani who currently faces an execution sentence, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is a human rights lawyer and colleague of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, are in danger in Iran....

10/20/2010 - Court Rules Spousal Abuse Permitted in UAE
A top court in the United Arab Emirates ruled yesterday that under Islamic law, a man has the right to beat his wife and children as long as no marks are left and he has tried other forms of discipline, such as verbal reprimands or abstaining from sexual intercourse. CNN reports the ruling came from a case in which a man slapped his wife and 23 year old daughter, resulting in marks and bruises on their bodies....

10/8/2010 - Jailed Iranian Human Rights Lawyer on Hunger Strike
Prominent jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, confirmed in a short telephone conversation with her husband, that she is on the twelfth day of a hunger strike....

10/8/2010 - France's Constitutional Council Approves Burqa Ban
France's Constitutional Council endorsed a law that bans burqas and the niqab, full body and face coverings, in public spaces....

8/11/2010 - Brazil Offers Asylum to Imprisoned Iranian Woman
Brazilian ambassador to Iran Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado submitted a formal request from the Brazilian Government to Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday offering asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent....

8/10/2010 - Female Malaysian Islamic Court Judges Have Equal Power of Male Counterparts
Malaysia's first two women Islamic court judges will have the same power as male judges, the Malaysian government has confirmed....

8/4/2010 - Malaysian Woman Not Allowed to Convert to Hinduism
A Malasian woman's attempt to nullify her childhood Muslim conversion was dismissed by the secular High Court, who said they did not have the jurisdiction to nullify it....

7/28/2010 - Saudi Cleric Comments on French Burqa Issue
Saudi cleric Sheikh Ayedh al-Garni declared last week that it is permissible for women to only wear a hair cover in places where the burqa is banned, namely France....

7/19/2010 - Hamas Institutes Gaza Ban on Women Smoking in Public
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic group that controls Gaza, announced a ban late last week that prohibits women from smoking water pipes (hookah) in public....

7/6/2010 - Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death By Stoning
Human rights activists are rallying the international community to stop an Iranian woman being stoned to death....

5/24/2010 - Legislation to Ban Burqa Sent to French Parliament
The French Council of Ministers approved a bill last week that would ban both the burqa and the niqab....

5/11/2010 - French Parliament Adopted Formal Resolution Condemning the Burqa
The French Parliament adopted a non-binding formal resolution today against the burqa, a head-to-toe garment worn by some Muslim women....

4/29/2010 - Outrage Erupts Over Failed Iranian Bid for UN Commission on Status of Women
Feminists worldwide are outraged over an attempt by Iran to gain a seat on the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)....

4/22/2010 - France and Belgium Move Toward Veil Bans
French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday that he plans to introduce a ban prohibiting women from wearing a full veil in public....

4/1/2010 - Malaysian Woman's Caning Sentence Replaced by Community Service
A Muslim Malaysian woman's sentencing to a caning and a 5,000 ringgit ($1,400) fine for drinking beer in public was changed to a community service sentence today....

1/26/2010 - Veil Debate Renewed in France
A French parliamentary committee released a nearly 200 page report yesterday that recommends banning face veils in certain public spaces, including on public transportation and at schools, hospitals, and government offices....