May 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Rights groups on Monday criticized Myanmar's newly signed birth-spacing law, which requires some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The law, signed by Myanmar President Thein Sein on Saturday, was represented by the government as a healthcare bill intended to bring ...[read more]
May 24, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Myanmar President Thein Sein on Saturday signed into law a bill requiring some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The Population Control Health Care bill, passed by parliament last month, allows authorities the power to implement "birth-spacing" in areas with high ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory ...[read more]
May 7, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1409 into law Wednesday extending the mandatory waiting period for women seeking an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Fallin said the new law, "will allow for more time to consider medical risks as well as explore alternatives to abortion, such as ...[read more]
May 1, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
UN Women on Monday released Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, the gender-equality organization's flagship report on the status of women around the world. The report "proposes a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors, including gender equality ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report released Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The report said ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Wednesday urged Tanzania to enforce its international obligations to prevent discrimination against women. The call comes after two women brought suit arguing that customary laws enforced in their communities contravened ...[read more]

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