Following the 2009 disputed Iran presidential election, CFR's Isobel Coleman, a leading expert on women's issues, says that if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory stands, "you'll see a much more restricted Iran." This will "fall heavily on women, but it won't stop them," she says.
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What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of March 2–6, 2015.
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Deep-seated institutional shortcomings are becoming an increasingly significant factor in the injustices suffered by women in India today.
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The most pressing global problems simply won't be solved without the participation of women, writes Melanne Verveer for Foreign Policy.
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In Egypt and Tunisia, women are both hopeful and fearful about what the Arab revolutions might mean for them. But as constitutions in these countries are being rewritten, women hope to push their own liberation.
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Through several intimate portraits, Jenny Nordberg of the New York Times examines the unique social pressures that Afghan families face to rear male children, and the associated practice of disguising daughters as sons to fill a cultural void.
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Seyran Ates, a practicing Muslim, charges that Germany has been downplaying human rights--and women's rights in particular--in an effort to remain politically correct with respect to religious practices.
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In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Malcolm Potts argues that Afghanistan will turn into a failed state if Afghan women remain "enslaved" in the nation's patriarchal society.
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Amel Boubekeur writes that the controversy surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy's comments on the full-face veil in France has excluded the people it most concerns - the women who wear it.
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Bolstered by the active campaigning of Mir-Hossein Mousavi's wife, Zhara Rahnavard, "women's issues [in Iran] are on the agenda as they've never been before."
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In this report Amnesty International says that thousands of women have been raped in Sudan and Chad since the armed conflict began in Darfur in 2003. There have certainly been thousands. The names of 250 women who had been raped, and harrowing information about their cases, were recorded by Amnesty International on a 10-day visit to just three refugee camps in Chad in 2004. Recent months have seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of rapes as Darfur has been plunged into new fighting. In just one camp in Darfur, Kalma camp, the International Rescue Committee reported that rapes of women rose from under four to 200 a month during five weeks in July and August 2006. Overall, despite the presence of an African Union peacekeeping force (African Union Mission in Sudan, AMIS) and international awareness of what is happening in Darfur, in 2006 rapes and other violence against women and girls have increased, not diminished.
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Strategic Studies Institute report on the empowerment of women in post-Saddam Iraq. It identifies security and economic obstacles to change, and says that women's rights depend heavily on local interpretations of personal status, penal, and other legal codes.
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UNICEF released its 2007 annual report, titled Women And Children: The Double Dividend of Gender Equality.
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This report from Human Rights Watch is based on field research conducted in the West Bank and Gaza in November 2005 and early 2006 and documents dozens of cases of violence against Palestinian women and girls.
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In this report Amnesty International documents how, in Mexico State in May of 2006, authorities refused to allow several women to file criminal complaints and failed to provide them with appropriate medical or psychological attention or to carry out sensitive medical examinations.
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In this report Amnesty International draws attention to the widespread impunity of perpetrators of domestic violence in Georgia.
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In his Chicago Tribune column, Clarence Page has an interesting profile of new Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – in town to appear on Oprah.
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An editorial in the British Medical Journal celebrates the fact that 2006 will be the first year in human history when women can expect to enjoy a longer life expectancy than men across the world.
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A new interactive guide from the Council on Foreign Relations examines the threat that child marriage poses both to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and to U.S. development and foreign policy interests.
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Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East by Isobel Coleman
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