Friday Links | May 9, 2014

Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, outside the defense headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Editor's note: Anneke is taking a break from the Friday Links at the moment because she has just given birth to her third child.  We wish her and her family all the best, and I apologise that the links will not be nearly as extensive in Anneke's absence!The situation of the more than 200 girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria has gotten increasing attention this week, both in mainstream media and on social media.  Many have focused on condemning the kidnapping and en … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 25, 2014

Another week, more elections. A Libyan woman holds up her ink-stained finger after voting in the municipal elections in the city of Benghazi. Image by Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

A new campaign aimed at discouraging young British Muslims to go to Syria to fight, is now asking Muslim women to play an active role in convincing their male family members to stay put. Mistrust of the police among Muslim women, however, makes that many women would be afraid to report their family members, one activist says.Unlike past elections, the number of female candidates for the upcoming Iraqi elections is actually quite promising and some are hopeful that this will actually mean … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 18, 2014

An internally displaced Muslim woman in the Central African Republic lies in a house in the town of Boda, after she lost her six-day-old baby just a day previously. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The predominantly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey has the highest number of female mayors after the March 30 elections, partly because of a quota for women in the popular pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). One of the new female mayors in this region is former child bride Berivan Kilic.The controversial draft law in Iraq that would allow 9-year-old Shi'ite girls to get married has stirred controversy all over the world, but according to experts it is unlikely that this bill … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 11, 2014

Bosnian Mejra Dzogaz prays near the graves of her family members at the Memorial Centre in Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where over 6,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre have been buried. Image by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Indonesia had its elections last Wednesday. This time around, parties had to ensure that 30 percent of their candidates were female, but in a country notorious for its corruption, many of these female candidates come from political dynasties or are celebrities; it is even suggested that to become a female candidate not much more is required than to be gorgeous and have some claim to "fame." Still, women remain hopeful that something will change as a result of this election and the higher quota … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 4, 2014

A displaced Rohingya woman sits outside in a temporary camp in Arakan state, Myanmar/Burma. The country started its first census in decades last week, but Rohingyas were excluded, which has many concerned about the future for the minority in the country. Image by The Irrawaddy

Elections in Afghanistan are scheduled for April 5. While many activists don't expect that the outcome will change much for the situation of women in country, millions of women throughout the country have registered themselves as voters. Jamila Karimi is a MP, known for staying far from corruption, who hopes to be re-elected in the conservative northern city of Kunduz. Three female candidates are running for the office of vice-president, which is a first for Afghanistan.Lebanon finally … [Read more...]

Friday Links | March 28, 2014

On Thursday the government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a historic peace deal, ending decades of conflict. These women attended a rally on the island of Mindanao in support of this deal, faces painted with the MILF flag. Image by Ted Aljibe/AFP

The mayor of Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, has vowed to close down the city's largest brothel complex; other mayors have made similar promises, but this particular mayor is known for her can-do approach.Hundreds of Crimea Tatars, mainly women and children, are leaving Crimea for Ukraine, out of fear of how Russian rule will impact their lives and their community.One Pakistani lawmaker is battling to increase the punishment for child marriage; officially girls … [Read more...]

Friday Links | March 21, 2014

A group of suspected Uyghurs, including women and at least a hundred children, have been rescued from a trafficking camp in Thailand last week. The group initially said that they are Turkish, but they have no documents to prove that and it is very unlikely for Turkish refugees to end up in Thailand. Image by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

The recent case of a teenage German girl travelling to Syria to allegedly actively join the "jihad" has German experts worried about the threat that men, and increasingly (often very young) women, involved in such activities can present to German society. France has indicted two people for aiding another teenage girl who has allegedly travelled to Syria too to fight alongside rebels.Recently two prostitution networks exploiting Syrian minor girls in Lebanon have been caught by … [Read more...]