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10/17/2002 - Saudi Arabian Women Face Many Challenges
While sex segregation is the norm in Saudi Arabia, when it comes to the selling and purchasing of lingerie, all rules seem to vanish....

10/14/2002 - Fundamentalist Religious Forces in Pakistan Fare Well in Elections
Opponents of Pakistans President Pervez Musharraf, including Islamic fundamentalists and secular groups, fared well in the national elections last week....

9/11/2002 - Nigerian State Government Ignores Womens Plea For Life
The government of the Katsina state in Nigeria will not stop an Islamic courts sentence of death by stoning of Amina Lawal....

9/5/2002 - Women Gain Last Minute Victory At Global Earth Summit
As the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit) in Johannesburg, South Africa drew to a close yesterday, delegates agreed to add language to the final plan that guarantees access to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services for women....

8/29/2002 - Irans Parliament Votes to Grant Women Equal Right to Divorce; Iranian Government May Legalize Brothels
Irans parliament recently approved a bill granting women the right to seek a divorce in court a right women have not had since the 1979 Islamic Revolution....

8/26/2002 - Nigerian Government Opposed to Death By Stoning
The government of Nigeria announced its opposition to an Islamic courts ruling of death by stoning for a single mother, Amina Lawal Kurami, who is the second Nigerian woman condemned to death by stoning for engaging in sex before marriage....

8/19/2002 - Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning; Appeal Rejected
An Islamic court in Nigeria today upheld a sentence of death by stoning against a 31-year-old Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal Kurami....

7/2/2002 - Anti-Women Broadcasting Official Refuses to Give Up Post
In defiance of the new Afghan government, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, president of Kabul TV and radio, refused to leave his post after he was ordered to do so by Information Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen....

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

6/20/2002 - Afghan President Chooses Cabinet
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced picks for 14 of his cabinet posts yesterday, only one of which was a woman....

6/18/2002 - Afghan Legislature Will Include Minimum of 15 Seats for Women
Afghanistans new legislature will include at least 15 seats reserved for women, according to a proposed plan by newly-elected President Hamid Karzai....

6/14/2002 - Afghan Leader to Focus on Peace and Security
Afghanistans newly elected leader, Hamid Karzai, pledged to bring peace and security to the war-torn nation today in an acceptance speech before the loya jirga....

5/24/2002 - International Commission Finds Sudanese Government Abetting Slavery
An international commission led by former US Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Penn Kemble released a report on Wednesday confirming the Sudanese governments continued abetment of slavery, despite formal denial of the practice and ratification of numerous international treaties outlawing it....

5/17/2002 - Pakistani Rape Victim Sentenced to Death by Stoning
Zafran Bibi is on death row, sentenced to death by stoning for having sex outside marriage....

5/13/2002 - Bush Administration Weakens UN Child Conference Final Document
After months of lobbying, the Bush Administration was victorious in having the phrase reproductive health services cut from the declaration produced by the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children last week....

4/24/2002 - Beginnings of Gender Apartheid Evident In Malaysia
Terengganu, Malaysias leading Pan-Malaysian Islamic party is imposing fundamentalist edicts tantamount to state-sponsored sex discrimination....

3/26/2002 - Following International Outcry, Nigerian Woman Will Not Face Stoning
The case against Nigerian woman Safiya Hussaini Tungar Dudu, accused of adultery under newly implemented Islamic law, was overturned on Monday on procedural grounds, releasing her from a sentence of being buried up to the waist and stoned to death....

3/19/2002 - Ruling in Nigerian Stoning Case Expected Next Week
An Islamic appeals court is expected to issue a ruling in the case of Safiya Hussaini, a Nigerian women sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery, on March 25....

1/28/2002 - Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning Changes Defense
Sufiyatu Huseini, the Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery, is now being helped by a local womens rights group (financed by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations) who have hired lawyers to defend Huseini....

1/25/2002 - Saudis Want U.S. Women to Wear Islamic Dress
In response to the U.S....

1/10/2002 - Nigerian Woman Still in Danger of Stoning
Sufiyatu Huseini (also referred to as Sufiya Hussaini in earlier reports) is still awaiting a decision from an Islamic sharia appeals court that will determine whether she lives or dies....

12/3/2001 - Nigerian Woman to Appeal Death Sentence For Adultery
An Islamic court of appeals in Sokoto state, Nigeria has granted Safiya Hussaini a stay of execution, allowing Hussaini to appeal the decision of a lower Islamic court sentencing her to death by stoning....

10/17/2001 - Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death for Having Sex
An Islamic court in Sokoto state in northern Nigeria last week sentenced Safiya Hussaini Tungar Dudu to death by stoning for having pre-marital sex....

9/5/2001 - Taliban May Execute Foreign Aid Workers
A senior Taliban official announced that the foreign aid workers on trial for allegedly proselytizing Christianity will be punished according to Islamic law, possibly including the death penalty....

8/13/2001 - Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Public Flogging
A 20-year-old Nigerian woman has been sentenced to a public flogging of 100 lashes with a cane, after admitting to an extramarital affair....