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Al-Tallawi: Egypt is falling short of UN women’s rights standards

Egypt has achieved little regarding the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) third Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of promoting gender equality, said National Council for Women (NCW) Chairman Mervat Al-Tallawi. 

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Women Seek Stand-Alone Goal for Gender in Post-2015 Agenda

The 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded its annual 10-day session Saturday with several key pronouncements, including on reproductive health, women’s rights, sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the role of women in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The heaviest round of applause came when the Commission specifically called for a “stand-alone goal” on gender equality – a longstanding demand by women’s groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda.

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Arab world failing women in gender equality, education

The Arab world is among the most unequal regions in the world when it comes to gender and education, according to a new report released Monday by UNESCO. The Education for All Global Monitoring Report studied gender imbalances in education across the globe, finding that 100 million women in low- and middle-income countries were unable to read a single sentence.
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Women Still Walk Two Steps Behind in Arab World

In much of the Arab world, women’s participation in the labour force is the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations, while women in politics are a rare breed both in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Growing Inequality Marks 20 Years of Women’s Progress

As the world moves closer to the 2015 end mark of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new U.N. report illuminates how far global society has come, but also how far it still must travel to achieve its objectives.

The report tracks the last two decades of progress on issues such as universal access to family planning, sexual and reproductive health services and reproductive rights, and equal access to education for girls.

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Syria: Extremists Restricting Women’s Rights

Certain extremist armed opposition groups are imposing strict and discriminatory rules on women and girls that have no basis in Syrian law, Human Rights Watch said last week. The harsh rules that some groups are administering in areas under their control in northern and northeasternSyria violate women’s and girls’ human rights and limit their ability to carry out essential daily activities.

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Lebanon’s Splintered Law Wrecks Lives

Married women in Lebanon who suffer abuse at home remain at the mercy of the country’s multitude of religious courts, because the hard-fought civil law against domestic violence has been stalled for a vote in parliament since the summer. One woman demanding a divorce and custody rights is Aisha, a 24-year-old mother of four originally from the Bekaa Valley, whose abusive husband forced her into prostitution.

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Analysis: Arab Spring nations backtrack on women's rights, poll says

Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.

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Conference: Family Code + 10: Experiences and Ways Forward

On the occasion of the 10 years of the reformed Moroccan family code, KVINFO, the Danish Center for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, is pleased to invite you to the conference "Family Code + 10: Experiences and Ways Forward."

 

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Debate and presentations: Islamic feminism

Join a public debate and a series of presentations on Islamic feminism in light of the Arab Uprisings of 2011. Panelists in the discussion are Professor Omaima Abu Bakr, Cairo University, Sheikh Gamal Qutb, Islamic scholar and former chairman of Azhar Fatwa Committee, and the Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach.

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