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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.
Half of the violence against women in Morocco comes from their own husbands, a situation that needs to change, a minister from the North African nation said Monday. Read more at al-akhbar.com
Also, read 'Morocco addresses violence against women' about a regional conference on the prevention of violence against women that opened Monday in Rabat at magharebia.com
Syrian women raped by gang-like militia or forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to undergo abortion according to a Saudi cleric.
Sheikh Ali al-Maliki described rape as one of the most heinous crimes against women and one that is worse than murder. “A body’s scars can heal but scars of the soul stay,” he told Al Arabiya.
Read more at alarabiya.net