In the Wall Street Journal, founder of the AHA Foundation Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls on universities to break with orthodoxy and embrace critical thinking to improve the state of women’s rights.
Read Ayaan’s piece here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304512504579493410287663906
More than a decade after the removal of Afghanistan’s Taliban regime from power, basic women’s rights in the country remain extremely precarious.
Read more here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/frustration-hangs-heavy-over-afghanistan-s-women-s-rights-struggle-1.1720265
The EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, Franz-Michael Mellbin, has criticized the prosecution of “moral crimes” as “disgraceful” and says Hamid Karzai’s government has failed Afghan women.
Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/07/hamid-karzai-afghanistan-women-eu-mellbin
Katharine Whitehorn analyzes what men can do to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/03/men-and-female-genital-mutilation
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who has spearheaded the campaign for universal education for children, has backed a campaign led by the 17-year-old British student Fahma Mohamed to get education about female genital mutilation into all schools in the UK.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Malala praised Fahma’s campaign, and joined her in calling for better education in schools about FGM. “I’ve watched every step of Fahma’s campaign and I think she is on the edge of something huge,” she said. “Over 140 million girls and women are mutilated – but like keeping girls out of school in Pakistan, we can come out together and be strong and change things for the next generation. I am her sister and I am at her side and I want her to be listened to I as I was.”
Read more about their efforts here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/24/malala-yousafzai-backs-fgm-campaign
The British Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has agreed to meet 17-year-old student Fahma Mohamed, following a Guardian-backed petition demanding action to end to female genital mutilation that has attracted 170,000 signatures since launching last week.
Read more about the petition here.
Cultural traditions and a lack of legal protections are driving tens of millions of girls around the world into early marriage, subjecting them to violence, poverty and mistreatment.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rights-group-says-laws-failing-to-protect-girls-from-forced-early-marriages-1.1646247
Australian psychiatrist Ida Lichter has criticized the United Nations for not doing more to help women in the Islamic world.
Read Lichter’s piece here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ida-lichter-md/united-nations-no-defende_b_4515337.html
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The number of women and teenage girls in England and Wales who are victims of female genital mutilation has increased threefold to 170,000 over the past decade because of the influx of migrants from countries where the practice is widespread.
Read more here: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/article1364926.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_01_18
Judit Neurink calls for breaking the silence on “honor” killings in Kurdistan. Read her plea here: http://rudaw.net/english/opinion/31122013