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   biul_gdansk 2010-08-10 17:35:56 (Newsletter 223)

Bahrain - Need for Support for Wives in Domestic Legal Cases

BAHRAINI women are losing battles in court due to a lack of awareness of their rights, according to a leading social worker.


India - Put Women at the Heart of India’s Food Security

Ultimately food security is not just about delivering food grain to families so that they have something edible on a plate. It is also about putting social change and gender equality on the table.


China - Female Imams for Muslim Women's Independent Mosques

It is 5:50 in the morning, and dark shadows scurry through narrow alleys to the mosque, as the call to prayer echoes from a minaret in Kaifeng. This city in central China's Henan province has an Islamic enclave, where Muslims have lived for more than 1,000 years. In an alleyway called Wangjia hutong, women go to their own mosque, where Yao Baoxia leads prayers. For 14 years, Yao has been a female imam, or ahong as they are called here, a word derived from Persian.


Northern Thailand - Child Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation - Girls

At an age when we would regard them as still being children, thousands of young children from Northern Thailand have and continue to be, lured, forced or coerced into prostitution. Girls as young as 10 years old have been sold into the brothels of Bangkok and other cities in the region and even overseas. In some areas as many as 90% of girls have left their village to work.


Housing and Sexual Violence

The relationship between sexual violence and housing is multi-layered and complex. Safe and affordable housing is a protective factor against sexual violence.