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Latest news on Gender issues

YEMEN: Women’s groups praise move to qualify women judges

SANAA, 21 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Yemeni women’s groups have praised a recent government decision to begin qualifying females to become judges. Full report

SYRIA: Women’s rights activists face resistance

DAMASCUS, 21 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - When Sabah’s husband left her in Syria and returned to his native Saudi Arabia, he didn’t just leave his teenage daughter without a father. He also left her without a nationality.Full report

MIDDLE EAST: MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 65 for 10-16 March 2006

DUBAI, 19 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - CONTENTS: EGYPT: Ship disaster compensation inadequate, say...Full report

SYRIA: Women's group to provide assistance to female divorcees

DAMASCUS, 19 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - A local NGO has launched a programme aimed at finding shelter and jobs for ostracised divorced women in an effort to help them cope with the travails of single life. Full report

YEMEN: Local businesswomen face obstacles, study finds

SANAA, 16 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Yemeni businesswomen have difficulties asserting themselves in the male-dominated public sphere, according to a study published last week by a leading academic.Full report

MIDDLE EAST: First encyclopedia on women’s rights in the region

CAIRO, 16 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The Arab League has published the first ever encyclopedia stating the legal position of women's rights in the region. Full report

YEMEN: Second woman declares intention to make bid for presidency

SANA, 15 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - A second woman confirmed on Monday that she will run for the country's highest political office in elections scheduled to be held in September.Full report

LEBANON: Lack of protection for women’s rights fuels sex trade, say women’s groups

BEIRUT, 13 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - One of the last things that Rima (not her real name), a 31-year-old commercial sex worker, said to the staff at Beirut-based NGO Dar al-Amal was that she wanted to be buried with her mother.Full report

IRAQ: NGO warns of rise in violence against women

BAGHDAD, 12 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - A Baghdad-based NGO called the Woman Freedom Organisation (WFO) has warned that incidents of violence against women have increased in frequency since the 2003 US-led invasion and occupation of the country.Full report

MIDDLE EAST: MIDDLE EAST: Weekly round-up Number 64 for 3-9 March 2006

DUBAI, 9 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - CONTENTS: EGYPT: Migrant workers face abuse EGYPT: Activists condemn...Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Gender issues

JORDAN: Year in Brief 2005 – A chronology of democratic developments

EGYPT: Year in Brief 2005 - Chronology of democratic events

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Gender issues

SYRIA: Women’s rights activists face resistance

MIDDLE EAST: Interview with head of UNIFEM's Arab states office, Dr Haifa Abu Ghazaleh

EGYPT: Illiteracy still rife among rural women

IRAQ: Women attacked for removing headscarves, NGO says

IRAQ: Activists call on army, police to respect women’s rights


IRAQ: Briefing paper on food security

IRAQ: Briefing paper on power

IRAQ: Briefing paper on water and sanitation

IRAQ: Briefing paper on Education

IRAQ: Briefing paper on health

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