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Women’s Rights Groups in Morocco React to Suicide of Teen Forced to Marry Her Rapist

Protests have erupted in Morocco following the tragic death of 16-year-old Amina Filali, who was forced to marry her rapist and later committed suicide. Women’s rights groups have tried unsuccessfully for years to protect victims of physical and sexual violence. They’re hoping Amina’s death won’t be in vain. 

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Global Roundup: Are Anti-Trafficking Efforts Doing More Harm Than Good?

Samira Ibrahim via Global Post

Weekly global roundup: “virginity test” doctor is acquitted in Egypt while women’s football gathers momentum; condoms may literally save South Africa; a rosier picture of sex work in Thailand; journalist threatened for exposing female genital cutting in Liberia; and a steamy drama series in Kenya tackles sexual taboos.

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“Women Deliver 50” Honors Bright Ideas and Big Solutions

Photo:IFAD

Women Deliver, the maternal health advocacy group, today named its “Women Deliver 50,” a list not of individuals, but of solutions, focusing not on the “who” but the “how of change, and hopefully inspriing people to think bigger and crazier, and do better work.

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Global Roundup: Can the U.S. “Fix” Gender Inequality Worldwide?

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Weekly global roundup: USAID unveils a new policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment – but is it too late? Women struggle in fledgling South Sudan; FIFA may let women play in hijab; and unsafe abortion haunts Nepal despite liberal laws.

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‘Dawn of a New Hope’ For Whom? Violence and Impunity Still Plague Women in Ivory Coast

Nearly one year after post-election violence in Ivory Coast displaced one million and fostered brutal sexual violence, the country seems to be getting back on track and a new campaign seeks to end the acceptance of violence as “normal.”

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Global Roundup: Arab Women to Watch and Pakistan Wins Big on the Global Stage

Weekly global roundup: Who will be 2012′s 100 most powerful Arab women? Slut-shaming and victim-blaming persist in India; Liberia is slow to reconcile decades of sexual violence; the UN Commission on the Status of Women is happening now; Female Pakistand director wins country’s first Academy Award.

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Mexico’s First Female President? This One Won’t Be Good For Women

Coverage of Josefina Vazquez Mota’s presidential campaign in Mexico has focused largely on the simple fact that she’s a woman. Her politics are much more relevant to her candidacy than her gender, and though her election as Mexico’s first female president is historic in itself, her politics are actually harmful to women.

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Who Owns the Farm? Land Rights Push in China Leaves Women Without a Plot To Stand On

As the ancient Chinese proverb goes, “women hold up half the sky.” Yet how can they, if they do not even have a plot of land on which to stand?

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Global Roundup: As Olympics Near, Saudi Women Remain on the Sidelines

Weekly global roundup: Saudi women left on the Olympics sidelines; Lebanese activists demand marital rape laws; WHO says injectables still safe to use; Ugandan women trafficked to Malaysia; and a fatal witchcraft accusation in Nepal.

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Turning the Spotlight on Stigma: The Next Frontier in Global Abortion Access

Illustration by Andrea Bailey

Abortion stigma worldwide has remained largely undocumented and unaddressed for years. That is changing. A handful of women’s rights and research groups are embarking on what is conceivably the next frontier of global safe abortion efforts – tracking, documenting and studying abortion stigma around the world.

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