Thursday, 4 July 2013

News for Today

Contributed by Norhana Kamid
Alarming Number of U.S. Women Die From Painkiller Overdose
More women die from drug overdoses than from cervical cancer or car accidents, a analysis of federal data released July 2 shows, The New York Times reported.  Prescription painkiller addiction has long been seen as mainly a man’s problem, but new figures show that in recent years the death rate has risen far faster among women. Fatal overdoses from prescription pain pills increased fivefold among women from 1999 to 2010.  
46 Women Rescued After Sex Trafficking Bust in Mexico
Authorities in Mexico City say they've rescued 46 women in a human trafficking bust, CNN reported July 2. The women rescued included 27 Mexicans and 19 foreigners. Forty people were detained after a police raid and fourteen of them face charges of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Turkish Women Petition for Headscarf-Wearing Freedom 
Fifty-seven women, including journalists, artists, academics and politicians who don't wear headscarves, created a petition calling for the complete freedom to wear a headscarf in Turkey. Immediately after it was posted online, the petition received more than 2,000 signatures, reported Today's Zaman July 2. Turkey's ban on headscarves dates to the 1980s and says female civil servants must leave their hair uncovered.  Although this regulation only applies to government institutions, many private businesses deny employment to women in headscarves.
As Anti-Mursi Protests Grow, Egyptian Women Face Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square
A new wave of sexual assaults by groups of men targeting women has been reported during anti-government protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, The Guardian reported July 2. A group formed to protect women in the square, Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, said it recorded the highest number of attempts on Sunday – 46. The group said on its Twitter account that at least 17 attempted assaults were reported in Tahrir Monday, and volunteers had intervened in eight of them. A Dutch female reporter was assaulted by numerous men last Friday. The Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday the 22-year-old woman had been repatriated, referring to a statement issued by the Dutch embassy in Cairo. No details have been released on the attacks but the reports said she was believed to be an intern with an Egyptian organisation and had gone to the square to take photos of the demonstrations.
Syria Rebels Issue Fatwa Banning Make-Up, 'Immodest' Clothes
Syrian rebels have issued a ban on women using make up or wearing “immodest dress” in a neighborhood in the city of Aleppo, RT News reported July 2. The fatwa (an order based on Sharia law) was issued by the Islamic law council in Aleppo's Fardous neighborhood and published on the council's Facebook page.  
Turkish Official Promotes Marriage, Even at Early Ages
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç emphasized the importance of marriage for society, even at early ages, in weekend speeches in two Turkish cities. Unlike Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, Arınç refrained from giving specific advice as to the number of children couples should have, the Hurriyet Daily reported July 1. Erdoğan often calls on Turkish families to have at least three children.
Contributed by Filza Bajwa
Pakistan requested to take notice of brutal torture and murders of domestic worker children
Brutal murder of a 13 year old boy by the wife of a feudal lord 
Violating the dead
Contributed by Megan Bird
Contributed by Maria Evangelidou
French women's minister seeks equality with new law
INTERVIEW-Ex-Taliban official vows to protect Afghan women, but alarm bells ring
Men No Longer Outnumber Women in Korea
OP-ED: Moving Forward to End Violence Against Women
Sexual violence increases as Egyptians take to the streets in protest
Words alone won't end violence against women in armed conflict
Contributed by Ana Maria Guerra Words alone won't end violence against women in armed conflict

Afghan women continue to be side-lined after 12 years of war

Egypt: Epidemic of Sexual Violence
Spreading the message on sexual harassment in Jordan’s garment factories

Sudan Hits Hard at Female Activists

Abortion rights under attack, UN-linked taskforce warns

North Carolina's Anti-Sharia Bill Is Now Also Anti-Abortion (US)

Rape-justice mom gets apology (China)

Gang rape, the dark side of Egypt's protests

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