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Iraq proposes law to legalize child brides and marital rape

TweetA terrible step backwards in women’s fight for equality overseas. Iraq’s Council of Ministers has drafted a law, The Jaafari Personal Status Law, which will be voted on April 30. If passed the law would: Legalize marital rape Grant men the authority to marry girls as young as age nine Prohibit Muslim men from marrying non-Muslims Require [...]
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With some electoral gains in Iraq, women candidates work towards change

TweetCross-posted from UN Women To run as a political candidate in Iraq demands courage and determination – even more so for a woman. Fourteen candidates, including one woman, were murdered in the run-up to local elections held in April – the first elections to be run by the Iraqis themselves without any international help since [...]
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Unmaking equality: Everyone can kill

TweetOn Thursday, January 24th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the US military will lift the ban on women serving in combat. Many women’s groups and feminist activists saw this announcement as an unqualified victory. According to Kiki Cardenas, writing in Feministing’s Community blog in 2011, “People asked me: ‘Well, do you know what you would be [...]
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The 2012 Olympics were a breath of fresh air

Tweet A SYTYCB entry The games are over and the 2012 Olympics have officially closed. The opening ceremony didn’t hold a flame to the Beijing ones but with this already in mind, Danny Boyle did his best and applied his vision and the result was pleasant and entertaining. For me, however, it wasn’t the grandiosity [...]
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Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War

TweetOn the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Reverend asks “What happened to peace?” On that impossible day when the skyline of New York City collapsed on its southern tip – I watched from a rooftop across the East River – we entered an unexpectedly peaceful eye of the storm. We all fell toward the terrible [...]
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