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Delhi rape case: First witness to take stand in court

2013-02-05

A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, will begin hearing evidence from witnesses in the case of the gang rape and murder of a female student.Five men are charged with the rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in December. The men have pleaded not guilty.

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Japan Values Women Less – As It Needs Them More

Daan Bauwens
2013-02-05

Despite anti-discrimination laws and a steadily growing number of employed women, Japan is falling behind the rest of the world on gender equality. Widespread discrimination persists, and has only grown more subtle over the past years.

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India president approves tough rape laws

2013-02-04

India's president has approved harsher punishment for rapists, including the death penalty, after the gang rape of a student sparked demands for tougher laws.President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent on Sunday to new rape laws recommended by the government.

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Gender equality 'central' to all other development, say women's groups

Liz Ford
2013-02-04

Women and children play a major role in poverty alleviation and are expected to feature prominently in any future development goals, it emerged during debates in Liberia this week.

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KASHMIR: Sexual violence increases as justice under law is examined

2013-02-04

“Justice has to and should be done.”; “Justice delayed is justice denied.”; and “Teach your sons not to harass rather than teaching your daughter how to dress.” – these were some of the recent slogans that men and women of all ages in Kashmir.

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Turkish law will make legal abortion impossible, say campaigners

2013-02-01

A new law expected to be presented to the Turkish cabinet in the next few days will make it impossible for women in the country to gain access to legal abortions, health professionals and human rights activists have warned.

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Wage Gap Hits African-American, Latina Women Hardest, Report Shows

2013-02-01

While economists have suggested that closing the gender wage gap would create a huge economic stimulus across the U.S., a recent report by the National Partnership for Women & Families shows that pay equality is still a long way off -- especially for African-American women.

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UN Women expresses deep concern over escalating violence against women in Egypt

2013-02-01

UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has noted with great concern the escalation of violence and alarming reports of rising violence against women in public spaces in the days following the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

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Public debate of sexual abuse is long overdue

Carlene Firmin
2013-01-31

We must exploit the recent growing awareness of sexual violence and abuse to help make a long-term difference. During the first month of 2013, the issue of sexual violence and abuse has loomed large in the media and public consciousness.

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