Friday Links | June 13, 2014

An ongoing summit on ending sexual violence in conflict has resulted in a spike of articles about the topic. The Guardian features an article on a project that addresses sexism and sexual violence in Kosovo among young men. One young Bosnian woman shares her life story as a child, that was conceived during the war through rape. During the months of April and May 39 women and girls from Kalma camp in Southern Darfur were victims of rape. Most rapes occurred while the women and girls were collecting firewood.

Al-Monitor features a story on young European women, who leave to Syria to join the “jihad.”

In Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, a group of local Muslim women try to keep the tradition of female Sufi chanting alive.

Seven men were arrested last Saturday near Cairo’s Tahrir square for harassing women during celebrations surrounding the inauguration of new Egyptian president al-Sisi.

An Afghan woman checks her phone after an election campaign in Kabul. Afghanistan will vote in the second round of the presidential election on June 14. Image by Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Somali women in high profile political positions, like the country’s first female foreign minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam, often face threats and struggle to change the country’s political culture.

Afghanistan still has a long way to go when it comes to gender-based violence, but activists say that some progress has been made so far.

Qantara.de features an article on gender equality in Morocco.

During the Palestinian reconciliation meetings between Hamas and Fatah, women were virtually absent.

Prostitution seems to be on the rise in Tajikistan and this increase has led to many suggestions to make sure that women do not end up in the sex industry.

One Uyghur man has been killed in China’s Xinjiang province, after he started an argument when government officials asked his wife to uncover her face. Four men were killed when they protested against the forced removal of the veil of a local woman in her home by government officials.

Two recent cases of honour killings in Pakistan have shocked the world, but activists don’t think that the global outrage will lead to fast change and improvement in the near future.

After the story of Akhtara, an Afghan survivor of an acid attack, was featured in the media, one woman decided to send Akhtara a monthly donation which makes it possible for her to send her children to school and now she doesn’t need to beg in the streets.

19-year-old Moroccan Hajar is pursuing a career as a competitive break dancer.

After days of unclarity about the religious identity of a woman in Malaysia, the local Shari’a court has finally decided that the woman is not Muslim and she will be buried according to Buddhist traditions.

A shelter in Texas functions as a safe haven for Muslim women who are subjected to domestic abuse.


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