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1/5/2004 - Indian Court Rules That Rape Cases Must Have Female Judges
India's Supreme Court has set up special courts to deal with rape cases that will be judged by female judges....

12/10/2003 - Groups Call on Bush to Expand ISAF and Strengthen Afghan Constitution
On the eve of the opening of Afghanistan's Loya Jirga (grand assembly), leading women's rights, human rights, and Afghan organizations sent an open letter to the Bush Administration urging it to take immediate action to improve security in Afghanistan by supporting the full-scale expansion of international peacekeeping forces (ISAF) throughout Afghanistan and measures to protect Loya Jirga delegates. The groups are also calling for stronger protections for women's rights and human rights in Afghanistan's new constitution....

11/7/2003 - UN Report: Girls Face Discrimination in Accessing Schooling
A report issued by UNESCO asserts that while there has been significant progress in the number of girls attending school, girls are still facing discrimination in gaining access to schooling in most developing countries....

10/30/2003 - UNFPA Urges End to Female Infanticide in India
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), urges the end of sex-selective abortion and infanticide in India....

10/17/2003 - Swiss Diplomat Raped In India
A Swiss diplomat was raped after a film festival in India earlier this week....

10/6/2003 - Abstinence-Only Advocate to Head Global AIDS Initiative
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of former Eli Lilly CEO Randall Thomas to head the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator in the State Department....

5/22/2003 - Groom Imprisoned for Seeking Dowry
An Indian bride who had her groom arrested during their wedding has become an overnight sensation in India, the BBC reports....

5/8/2003 - India: Women's Reservation Bill Deferred
Despite having the support of three-fourths of the lower house of parliament, a bill that would increase representation of women in India's parliament was put aside without a vote on Tuesday....

5/5/2003 - India: Supreme Court Rules Woman, Child Entitled to Alimony
The Supreme Court of India recently ruled against a man claiming he did not have to pay alimony because his ex-wife was pregnant at the time of marriage....

4/24/2003 - Bills for Women Urged in India
Women's advocates and political leaders in India are pressing for the passage of two important bills for women's rights....

3/17/2003 - Afghan Women's Radio Launched on International Women's Day
The first Afghan radio station for women, The Voice of Afghan Women, began broadcasting in Kabul to commemorate International Womens Day....

1/27/2003 - Women Forced to Quit Jobs and Marry Early in Kashmir and Jammu India
Muslim women in Jammu and Kashmir, India are required to quit government jobs by January 25, or face death for disobeying the orders issued by a pro-Pakistani militant group, reports the Press Trust of India....

1/20/2003 - Democrats Propose $800 Million in Emergency Funds for Africa, $100 Million for HIV/AIDS
Senate Democrats recently proposed The Africa Famine Relief Act that gives $900 million for emergency relief in Africa, of which $100 million is directed towards HIV/AIDS programs....

1/13/2003 - India Declares Rights-Based Strategy to Population Growth
After a two-day conference on population policy in India last week, the delegates issued a declaration stating that a rights-based approach to population growth was more effective than a coercive approach, reports The Hindu....

12/20/2002 - Islamic Rebels Kill Three Women in Kashmir
Three women were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir by Islamic militants for not wearing burqas, United Press International reports....

12/16/2002 - US Angers Allies over Abortion Issue at UN Population Conference
The Bush administration angered several allies over the issue of abortion and reproductive health at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok this past week....

10/10/2002 - Indian Supreme Court Takes Action Against Ultrasound Use for Sex Selection
The Indian Supreme Court issued an order on Monday demanding that all governing bodies in Indian states and territories prevent unregistered clinics from advertising prenatal ultrasound testing and fetal sex selection services, according to Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report....

9/19/2002 - Indian Police Break Child Trafficking Ring
Police in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu recently rescued 42 girls who are said to be part of a child trafficking ring as they were about to board on a train bound for the western Indian state of Gujarat....

9/13/2002 - Indian Feminists Protest Court Ruling For Sati Devotees
Indian feminists are protesting a recent Rajasthan court ruling allowing devotees to pray at temples dedicated to women who have committed sati....

8/15/2002 - Male Preference Continues to Grow in Asia
In India and China, where cultural beliefs remain steadfast, recent reports show that the preference for sons has dramatically widened female-male birth ratios and boosted incidents of infanticide....

6/24/2002 - Afghanistan President Names New Womens Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....

6/14/2002 - Women Instrumental in Reducing World Hunger
At the World Food Summit in Rome this week, experts emphasized the critical role of women in mitigating world hunger....

6/6/2002 - Lack of Funding Forces UN Food Agency to Suspend Some Relief in Afghanistan
A multi-million dollar funding gap for the United Nations World Food Programs work in Afghanistan has resulted in cutbacks on relief projects throughout the country....

5/14/2002 - Indian Women Protest Unprecedented Violence in Gujarat
Thousands of women in state capitals throughout India including New Delhi and Chennai demonstrated yesterday, denouncing the violence committed against women in Gujarat following the religious riots in late February....

4/29/2002 - Report Finds Reproductive Health Needs of the Young Are Neglected
A new report conducted by Population Action International (PAI) found that young people in the US are in need of more reproductive health services and information....