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[7 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Judge: 20 Years for Abusive Husband

Charles Wanyoro
Women in Meru North region of Kenya are still celebrating after a 27-year-old man who chopped off his wife’s hands was jailed for 20 years by a local magistrate’s court. They hope the sentencing will deter the ever-increasing list of abusive husbands from battering their wives.
Ayub Gikundi slashed both of his wife Ms Linet Wanja’s hands inside their home in Igembe South District, accusing her of infidelity. On the night of September 20, 2007, Gikundi had knocked at the door in the dead of night. When his wife promptly …

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[7 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
UN Women to Celebrate Peace with Jody Williams, Queen Noor

Anna Birgis Hannesson
I founded Women for Peace with Dr. Helene Yousfi from Algeria while I was serving as president of the United Nations Delegation Women’s Club, made up of about 140 ambassadors’ wives, Deputy Permanent  Representatives (DPRs), and various New Yorkers with UN connections. We believe that being at the United Nations as wives of ambassadors and DPRs, we can speak out for women all over the world. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, serves as patron of the organization. The …

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[6 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Sister, Don’t Be Discouraged

Alaha Ahrar
Afghan woman, don’t be discouraged, desperate. You are a champion
Even though they have kept you far from knowledge
Be a fighter, try to seek knowledge
So that you may be wise, knowing good from bad and friends from enemies
Life is worthless if there is no knowledge and skills
In reality all living beings are meant to learn
Even the Islamic faith has obligated learning for men and women
So that no one is left without knowledge of the world
Afghan maiden! Why be deprived of literacy? And why be hopeless your whole life?
You are …

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[30 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Mutabar Tadjibayeva
My passion for my work has been ignited by my own bitter experience. Human rights issues, and especially the rights of women, remain a serious concern in Uzbekistan. Through the NGO I helped to found, the Fiery Hearts Club, I have been able to bring attention to these issues in the Ferghana Valley-one of the most sensitive regions of Central Asia. I help people seek and find justice. I have monitored trials, published articles on child labor, reported on violations of human rights, and organized public campaigns.
In August 2003, …