Displacement, unemployment and shifting gender roles in the Syrian community have fueled an issue that the World Health Organization has as a global epidemic: violence against women. While exact statistics are difficult to come by, it is clear that violence against Syrian women has risen in Jordan and Lebanon, particularly intimate partner violence (IPV), exploitation, survival sex and early marriage.
Jordan — Batool Haddad, a Christian girl from the northern Jordanian village of Khirbet Wahadneh, kept relatively quiet about her interest in Islam, mentioning it probably only to her sister, who also kept it to herself.But when Haddad converted to Islam after attending a lecture by a Saudi preacher, according to local reports, she told her sister, who this time told their father, who told his brother. On April 30, the two men took Haddad to a local forest.
Read more at al-monitor.com
Participants of Rabat Forum which ended today adopted the UNFPA regional strategy on prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Arab states region for 2014-2017. They also recommended the strategy to serve as a roadmap for the fight against all forms of GBV and to be efficiently implemented across the region.
A specialised training programme to educate Arab investigators on ˜Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes' opened at the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center (RLAC) on Sunday. The programme aims to train Arab investigators and translators specialising in investigating cases of violence against women in communities where the rule of law is absent. This round is held under the sponsorship of the Qatari Attorney-General in collaboration with the UN Women, Justice Rapid Response (JRR), the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) and governments of the USA, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland.
KVINFO and our Moroccan partner organisations present some of the joint projects and programmes to the Danish Crown Princess Mary who is visiting Morocco these days. Focus for the visit is on stopping and preventing gender based violence.
Saudi Arabia's cabinet has passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom's history.
The cabinet approved the ban on physical or sexual violence earlier this week, which applies both at home or within the work place.
Read more at The Independent.
This week, the Nobel Women’s Initiative puts focus on Women-Driven Solutions for a Nonviolent World at its fourth international conference. One issue addressed is the slow progress in implementing laws against sexual violence.
Madeleine Rees, the Secretary General of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, speaks at the conference about how sexual violence and become an integrated part of human rights.
Read more at Open Democracy.
Read the full coverage of the conference Moving Beyond Militarism and War: Women-Driven Solutions for a Non-Violent World at 50.50.
Countless Moroccan women continue to face abuse and sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. About 6 million women in Morocco are victims of violence, or around one in three.
Morocco’s Social Development Minister Bassima Hakkaoui, the only female minister in the country, says she would try to push forward a law protecting women that has been stuck in Parliament for eight years.
Read more at Bikya.
Arabic version by the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws here.