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9/8/2009 - Woman Jailed for Wearing Pants Released
Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who was jailed in Sudan yesterday for wearing pants, was released today after the Sudanese Union of Journalists reportedly paid a fine to secure her release....

8/25/2009 - South Africa Stands Behind Athlete Targeted for Gender Testing
South Africa is defending Caster Semenya, who won the gold medal in the women's 800 meter race at the World Championships held in Berlin last week and is being gender tested by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAC)....

8/5/2009 - Protesters Beaten at Flogging Trial in Sudan
Police clashed with a group of 100 women protestors outside a courthouse where Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein's trial for wearing pants commenced yesterday....

7/27/2009 - Gaza Judge Rules Female Lawyers Must Wear Headscarves
Gaza Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi released an edict today mandating that female lawyers must wear long dark clothing under their robes and scarves to cover their hair when they appear in court....

7/22/2009 - New Delhi Supreme Court Rules on Rape Victim's Pregnancy
New Delhi's Supreme Court overturned a lower court's decision yesterday, ruling against terminating the pregnancy of a nineteen-year-old mentally handicapped rape victim....

7/2/2009 - New Delhi Court Rules to Decriminalize Homosexuality
The Delhi High Court ruled today to decriminalize sexual activity between consenting same sex partners in New Delhi, India's capital....

6/29/2009 - Indian Women's Studies Pioneer Dies
Neera Desai, PhD, a pioneer of women's studies in India, died of cancer at age 84 last week....

6/5/2009 - Indian President Seeks to Empower Women in Government
Indian President Pratibha Patil announced an initiative to pass legislation reserving a proportion of seats in the legislature for women yesterday....

6/2/2009 - Indian Parliament to have First Woman Speaker
Indian parliamentarian Meira Kumar is expected to become India's first female Speaker on Wednesday....

3/4/2009 - Girls Return to School in Pakistan's Swat Valley
A deal has been struck between the provincial government and local officials and militants in a northern part of Pakistan known as the Swat Valley that will allow girls to return to school there....

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....

2/9/2009 - UN Human Rights Council Urges Saudi Arabia to Give Women Rights
At a meeting late last week, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urged Saudi Arabia to actively work to end pervasive human rights violations in the country, particularly those against women and children....

1/5/2009 - Taliban Announces New Education Bans on Women and Girls
Pamphlets distributed by the Taliban in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan yesterday impose a ban on co-educational schooling in the region....

11/14/2008 - Increasing Attention on Sex Selection in India
Sex selection practices are gaining increased visibility and criticism in India, where the sex ratio has declined significantly....

8/5/2008 - Indian Court Rejects Couple's Plea for Abortion
An Indian Court rejected a couple's petition on Monday for an abortion of a 25-week-old-fetus with a congenital heart problem....

7/28/2008 - Sex Testing Set Up for Olympics
Beijing Olympic officials have set up a sex determination lab to test female athletes suspected of being males, Chinese media reported yesterday....

6/3/2008 - Activist for Women's Rights Sentenced in Iran
Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced Amir Yaghoub-Ali, a 22 year old student, to a one year prison term this week....

5/30/2008 - Modern 'Witch Hunts' Killing Women
The Feminist News Wire has recently noticed an increase in news stories about the killing of women accused of witchcraft in Asia and Africa....

5/27/2008 - Bill to Reserve Seats for Women in India's Parliament Debated
A parliamentary committee in India debated a bill on Tuesday, proposing that 33 percent of seats in the legislature be reserved for women....

5/20/2008 - Emergency Contraception Approved for Over the Counter Sale in Canada
The Canadian National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities ruled last week that emergency contraception will be available over-the-counter in Canada....

4/29/2008 - Women Officers in India Seek Permanent Commissions in Military
The Ministry of Defense in India is considering proposals to give permanent commissions to women officers in non-combat roles....

2/1/2008 - Indian Party Reserves Seats for Women
The main opposition party in India has amended its constitution....

1/29/2008 - Mexican Woman Challenges Voting Ban for Women
The all-male town council in an Oaxaca village in Mexico tore up ballots in favor of the first woman to run for mayor....

1/24/2008 - Afghan Journalist Sentenced to Death
Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, a 23 year old journalist in Afghanistan, was sentenced to death for distributing information regarding the role of women in Islam....

1/7/2008 - Women Only Political Party Formed In India
The first all-women political party, the United Women Front, has formed in India....