Bewilderment, scorn, resentment. Women's rights activists across the Middle East are reacting with everything but joy to topless demonstrations in Europe by a Ukrainian feminist group held in solidarity with a Tunisian woman who posted topless photos of herself protesting religious oppression.
Read more at Huffington Post.
It is 10 years ago this week that US Troops led the invasion of Iraq. One decade on, the country is still plagued by sporadic violence. The BBC's Ben Brown, who reported on the momentous events in Iraq, has returned to Baghdad to assess how the years of bloodshed has affected some of Iraq's young women.
Watch more at BBC.
UN-backed reconciliation talks have begun in Yemen aimed at drafting a new constitution and preparing for full democratic elections in February 2014.
More than 500 representatives of various political groups will take part in the discussions in Sanaa, which are expected to last six months.
Read more at BBC.
The Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU) is in the final stages of obtaining official approval of its shelter for abused women.
The shelter provides security for abused women along with their children, and it offers vocational training and social, psychological, family, legal, health and religious counselling.
The shelter has helped over 1,000 women and their children since its establishment in 1999.
Jordanian Women’s Union is a partner organisation to KVINFO.
Read more at Jordan Times.
The annual United Nations-organized Gaza marathon scheduled for April 10th will not take place this year due to disagreements with local officials on the participation of women, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees said today.
“This disappointing decision follows discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate,” stated the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA.
Meanwhile, Danish-initiated Palestine Marathon, in Bethlehem on April 21st, now invites women to shift their marathon running to this date and event.
Read more at unrwa.org.
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A few facts: Violence is the order of the day for up to 7 in 10 women across the globe, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not a crime.
In New York, politicians, activists, and professionals gather now for the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. And world leaders are urged to implement concrete initiatives to ending the violence.
Follow the proceedings as Ms Lisbeth Pilegaard, Head of KVINFO's MENA Department, reports on WoMenDialogue's Facebook page.
Read more at UN Women.