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3/13/2006 - Protests for Women's Rights Mark International Women's Day Across Asia
A series of protests and rallies for women's rights occurred in several Asian countries in the days leading up to International Women's Day, March 8....

3/3/2006 - Human Rights Group Blasts Unwarranted Detention of Libyan Women and Girls
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report condemning Libya's practice of confining women and girls in prison-like facilities for suspected moral transgressions....

2/23/2006 - Afghan Legislator Calls for Enforcement of Chaperones for Women
Afghan women would be forbidden to travel without a male chaperone if a male member of the Afghan parliament has his way....

1/3/2006 - Afghan Women's Rights Editor Released From Prison
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been released from prison....

12/13/2005 - Women's Rights Editor Jailed in Afghanistan Faces Increasing Threats
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison, is facing increasing calls for harsher punishments, including a recent fatwa demanding that Nasab repent or be executed....

10/24/2005 - Editor of Afghan Women's Rights Magazine Convicted
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the male editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been sentenced to two years in jail by for criticizing punishments doled out because of interpretations of Sharia (Islamic) law....

10/14/2005 - Afghan Women's Rights Editor on Trial for Blasphemy
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the male editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan who was arrested and jailed on October 1, is now on trial on charges of blasphemy....

10/11/2005 - Editor of Afghan Women's Rights Magazine Remains Jailed
The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine has been jailed for ten days so far on charges of publishing articles criticizing execution and other severe punishments for adultery, thievery, and murder under Sharia (Islamic) law....

10/5/2005 - Women's Rights Magazine Editor Arrested in Afghanistan
The editor of an Afghan women's rights monthly magazine was arrested on Saturday in Kabul....

9/27/2005 - Iraqi Women's Rights under Daily Threat
Women's rights activists in Iraq are sounding the alarm that certain freedoms, particularly freedom of dress and movement, exercised by women even under the regime of Saddam Hussein, are being degraded and threaten to disappear....

9/15/2005 - Iraqi Womens Minister Concerned About Women's Rights in Draft Constitution
Azhar al-Sheikhly, Iraq's Minister of State for Women's Affairs, expressed concerns on Tuesday about women's rights under the draft Iraqi constitution in a discussion on human rights and the constitution sponsored by the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Iraqi Women's Caucus....

9/13/2005 - Ontario Outlaws Religious Arbitration
After months of fierce protesting by Canadian and international women's rights groups, the Ontario provincial government on Monday rejected a 2004 proposal to allow Muslims use of sharia (Islamic) law to settle family disputes....

8/29/2005 - Iraq Constitution 'Big Disappointment' for Women
Iraq's draft constitution was finalized on Sunday and will be sent to voters for a nationwide referendum to be held in six weeks....

8/25/2005 - Bargaining Away Iraqi Women's Rights
A meeting to finalize the Iraq constitution, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled, delaying the adoption of the new constitution yet again....

8/25/2005 - Nigeria: Islamic Province Segregates Public Transportation by Sex
The state of Kano, in northern Nigeria, has banned women from most motorcycle taxis and has instituted segregated seating on public buses....

8/15/2005 - Evidence of Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq
In rural areas of Iraq, female genital mutilation (FGM) may be far more widespread than previously thought....

7/27/2005 - Iraqi Women May Lose Rights Under New Constitution
In response to provisions in the draft Iraq constitution limiting women's rights, approximately 200 women protested in Baghdad last week to demand full equality between women and men....

7/21/2005 - Iraq Constitution Could be Setback for Women's Rights
Women's groups in Iraq held protests on Tuesday over draft language in the new Iraqi constitution that threatens to severely limit women's rights....

6/13/2005 - Iranian Women Protest Sex Discrimination
Approximately 250 women gathered in front of Tehran University yesterday and 200 others gathered nearby to protest sex discrimination imposed on them through Islamic or sharia law....

6/3/2005 - Bahrain Files Charges to Silence Women's Activist
Ghada Jamsheer, the head of the Women's Petition Committee (WPC) in Bahrain, faces three trials for slander this month as a result of her involvement in family law cases and her criticisms of Bahrain's sharia judges....

5/17/2005 - Kuwaiti Women Gain Right to Vote, Run for Office
On Monday, the Kuwaiti Parliament approved an amendment to its election laws giving women the right to vote and run for office....

4/26/2005 - Nigerian President Approves First Female Supreme Court Judge
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the appointment of the first female justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Aloma Mukhtar....

4/13/2005 - Saudi Arabia's Top Cleric Bans Forced Marriage
Saudi Arabia's top cleric has announced a ban of forced marriage....

3/18/2005 - Muslim Woman Plans to Lead Prayers, Sparking Controversy
In an attempt to bring attention to the second-class status that many Muslim women face, Amina Wadud, a leading female Islamic studies scholar and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will lead a prayer service in Manhattan....

3/3/2005 - Feminist Activists Increasingly Targeted By Extremists in Iraq
Prominent women's rights activists are increasingly being killed by Islamic extremists in Iraq....