[violence] general

Just as Iraqi women were anticipating a new era of democracy and freedom, a wave of intimidation by extremist groups has arisen to crush their hopes.
The symposium provided a forum for women activists from primarily Muslim-majority countries to discuss their experiences facing challenges and creating effective strategies to eliminate violence against women.
Professor Yakin Ertürk, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on violence against women, its causes and consequences, issued the following statement in Kabul today at the end of a visit to Afghanistan.
The United Nations expert on violence against women, on a 10-day fact-finding mission to Afghanistan, has interviewed female prisoners in Kabul and Kandahar.
Pour aller vers l'égalité et l'équité en matière de genre, le gouvernement mauritanien a décidé, avec l'appui du FNUAP, de procéder à une analyse de la situation sur les violences faites aux femmes, a-t-on appris lundi de source officielle à Noukachott.
According to local police, dozens of women have had parts of their bodies burned by religious conservatives in a string of incidents throughout the capital in recent weeks.
A 2003 'blog' (weblog) entry by a young Iraqi woman about life under occupation, many aspects of which remain the daily reality for Iraqi women in 2005.
Pakistan's obsession with its external image must not prevent coverage of its many problems.
The message was delivered by an international human rights group, which accused the GCC states of failing in their duty to protect foreign female workers and contributing to a "climate of impunity".
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