Friday Links | June 6, 2014

The sister of the pregnant Pakistani woman Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death in broad daylight outside a court house last week, says that the husband of her sister is guilty of the murder. The initial story was that the father of the victim had killed her for not marrying a man of his choosing. Last Wednesday Farzana’s husband and brother were arrested. On Thursday, Pakistani police issued a statement that Farzana Parveen wasn’t pregnant when she was murdered.
On Thursday, 18-year-old Saba Maqsood from Pakistan’s Punjab province, survived an attempt to kill her for marrying for love.

Malaysian authorities have arrested 13 men after allegations that 38 men had raped a 15-year-old girl in an abandoned hut in rural Malaysia. The police is still investigating whether there was another girl involved as well.

Puel women in a village outside Bambari, Central African Republic. The Puel are predominantly Muslim and therefore are often attacked by Christian Anti-Balaka militia. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

The BBC features an article on child brides in Niger; Niger has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world.

During the Kosovo war an estimated 20,000 women and girls were subjected to organized gang-rapes, the vast majority of the survivors remain silent and have kept their ordeal secret, even for their families.

A social media initiative, which asks people to pay one dinar to a engaged couple to make marriage possible, has been met with enthusiasm in Jordan.

Policy shifts by the Iranian government to aid population growth could damage women’s rights and public health, reformists say.

A new survey in Cambodia indicates that many minority women in the country, including those of Cham Muslim community, have experienced sexual violence during the Khmer Rouge regime.

IPS features an article on the Filastiniyat Women Journalists’ Club in Gaza.

Outgoing Egyptian president Mansour has approved a decree that makes sexual harassment a crime, punishable with up to five years in jail.

Kenya is investigating reports suggesting that “White Widow” Samantha Lewthwaite has been spotted in the country recently.

The African country of Niger has sentenced a man to four years in jail for slavery; the man had taken a fifth wife against local Islamic law and had subjected her to slavery. This is the first prosecution of slavery in Niger.

Harassment is a daily reality for many Yemeni women, veiled or unveiled, but this doesn’t stop some women to rebel and assert their power.

El Asira, a Dutch online store selling halal sex products, has teamed up with Europe’s largest erotic retailer Beate Uhse, in order to try to reach a more global market.

RFE/RL features an article on the prevalence of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

Australian Carol Earl is a successful Muay Thai fighter, who competes in hijab.


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