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2/2/2015 - Two Imprisoned Women's Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed
Women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia and Iran were freed last week....

7/9/2013 - LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home
Many gay, lesbian, and HIV-positive Somali refugees now fear persecution, jail, and even death sentences upon their return home after fleeing to Kenya to avoid harsh punishmentsharsh punishments under Sharia law....

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....

9/26/2011 - Saudi King Announces Women's Right to Vote
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced in a recent address that Saudi women will now have voting rights and permitted to nominate candidates in the municipal elections to be held in 2015....

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....

7/8/2010 - Malaysia's Islamic Courts Appoint First Women Judges
Malaysia's Islamic courts appointed their first two women judges today....

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)....

4/1/2010 - 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....

12/14/2009 - Iran Cracks Down on Women's Rights Activists
Somayeh Rashidi, an Iranian women's rights activist with the One Million Signatures Campaign, was targeted this morning with a search of her home and a summons to court....

12/4/2009 - Iran State TV to Ban Makeup on Women
The head of Iran's state television, Ezatollah Zarghami, said Wednesday that state-sponsored television programs will prohibit women who appear on air from using make-up....

10/30/2009 - Militants in Somalia Targeting Women Without Veils or Socks
Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are allegedly rounding up and beating women who are not wearing veils or socks....

10/20/2009 - Suicide Attack Targets Women's Cafeteria at Pakistan University
Two suicide bombers attacked the International Islamic University in Pakistan today, targeting a women's cafeteria and the Islamic law department....

10/14/2009 - Kuwaiti Lawmaker Intends to Overturn Sharia Mandates in Election Law
Rula Dashti, a female Kuwaiti lawmaker, proposed an amendment on Sunday to overturn an election law that requires women in parliament to follow sharia law....

7/30/2009 - Journalist Goes to Trial in Sudan Flogging Case
A Sudanese court began hearing Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein's case on Wednesday after she was one of 13 women arrested on July 3 for wearing trousers in public....

7/24/2009 - 150 Maldivian Women Sentenced to Public Flogging
The Muslim conservative court of the Republic of Maldives sentenced nearly 150 women to public flogging for having extra-marital relationships....

7/16/2009 - Women Flogged in Sudan for Wearing Pants
On Friday, thirteen Sudanese women were arrested and ten flogged for wearing pants....

4/17/2009 - Afghan Government will Revise Controversial Law, Says Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday that his government will revise a controversial law that would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, among other provisions....

2/19/2009 - Taliban Peace Deal Leads to Controversial Shariah Law in Pakistan Region
A peace deal has been struck between local officials and Taliban militants in a northern part of Pakistan known as the Swat Valley that will allow the Taliban to implement Shariah law in the region if their armed campaign ends....

2/28/2008 - State Assembly Member in Nigeria Beats Female Opposition Party Leader into Coma
According to the BBC News, Hajiya Habiba Garba, a female All Nigerian People's Party chieftain was beaten into a coma by Labaran Abdu Maderi, a member of the opposing party in the Kano State Hose of Assembly....

1/22/2008 - UN Panel Questions Saudi Restrictions on Women
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women questioned Saudi Arabian officials at a meeting in Geneva regarding the government�s infringement the rights of women in the kingdom....

11/26/2007 - Saudi Justice Ministry Upholds Rape Victim�s Sentence of 200 Lashings
The Saudi Arabia Justice Ministry on Saturday defended the sentencing of a rape victim to prison time and 200 lashings, despite international outrage....

5/30/2007 - Espionage Added to Charges Against Iranian-American Scholar
A spokesperson for Iran's judiciary announced yesterday that three Iranian-Americans, including academic and women's rights advocate Haleh Esfandiari, have been formally charged with endangering national security and espionage....

9/12/2006 - Pakistan: Reforms of Cruel Rape Law Fail
In a blow for women's rights in Pakistan, the government's proposals for reforming the country's cruel rape laws were dropped today....